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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlem...persons?

This has to be the dumbest thing I've read all week...and it's only Monday.

From the Telegraph.co.uk: Politically correct Christmas carols censor 'king', 'son' and 'virgin'

Enduring favourites such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen are being altered by clergy to make them more "modern and inclusive".

But churchgoers say there is no need to change the popular carols and complain that the result is a "festive car crash" if not everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.


It comes just a day after a Church of England vicar banned his congregation from singing O Little Town of Bethlehem because he believed its words do not reflect the suffering endured by modern residents of Jesus's birthplace.


Another clergyman has rewritten the Twelve Days of Christmas to include Aids victims, drug addicts and hoodies.


Steve Goddard, co-editor of the Christian website Ship of Fools, which is running a competition to find the worst example of a rewritten carol, said: "It's a festive car crash."


While a part of me is curious as to how AIDS victims are incorporated into the "12 Days of Christmas" (which is ironic given that the hymn was written in order to secretly pass the Catholic faith during the years of persecution in medieval England), the rest of me is flabbergasted. PC stupidity of this magnitude is yet another example of the post-Christian secularism consuming England and Europe.

Among the "theologically-modified, politically-corrected" carols encountered by visitors to the website are Hark the Herald Angels Sing in which the line "Glory to the newborn King" has been replaced by "Glory to the Christ child, bring".

The well-known refrain of O Come All Ye Faithful – "O come let us adore Him" – has also been changed in one church to "O come in adoration", both changes apparently made for fear the original was sexist.

These "theologically-modified" carols would make Scrooge say "bah humbug!"