December 06, 2005

Christmas Under Fire

I'm working up to a post about Bill O'Reilly and his holy crusade to save Christmas, but in the meantime I found this article. The school district in question has a policy where songs with "dogmatic religious statements" are forbidden from school programs. It states that,

"Music programs given at times close to religious holidays should not use the religious aspect of these holidays as the underlying motive or theme. No songs should be sung which contain dogmatic religious statements."

Of course, some people are freaking about about it. While the school does not allow "Silent Night" they have allowed "The Draydl Song", which people are saying shows that the school is showing a preference for Hanukah over Christmas. I'm 98% certain that this would get thrown out of court so fast it would make the plaintiff's heads spin, but for fun let's compare the lyrics below the fold:


Dreydl

I have a little dreydl
I made it out of clay
And when it's dry and ready,
Then dreydl I shall play!
(Chorus)
Oh dreydl, dreydl, dreydl
I made it out of clay.
Oh dreydl, dreydl, dreydl
Now dreydl I shall play!

My dreydl's always playful.
It loves to dance and spin.
A happy game of dreydl,
Come play now let's begin.
(Chorus)


Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in Heavenly peace
Sleep in Heavenly peace

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from Heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy Holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

Does one of those strike you as having statements of "religious dogma" more than the other?

5 comments:

Noumena said...

What you're missing is that Silent Night is originally in German, which is not one of the languages Jesus spoke (those being English and Southern English), and thus it cannot be truly religious.

echotig said...

That makes NO sense whatsoever. ASong about Christ is religious in any language. Explain what on earth you mean.

Drew said...

I'm tired and not thinking straight, but I think it might have been a joke.

I laughed, anyway.

echotig said...

OH! Ok. Well, hmmm. It wasn't terribly funny then. HA!

Noumena said...

Most of my lame attempts at jokes are based on utter nonsense.

Welcome to the blog, btw. We hope you stick around, especially through the coming month when things will be kinda quiet around here.