Below, American schoolchildren sing a bastardized version of Sir Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful
Christmastime” song, with the much-expected but still appalling alteration of the word “Christmas” to “holiday”.
Seriously, who the hell comes up with this stuff, much less approves it? Just like the lyrics to Lennon’s “Imagine” shouldn’t be changed to make them pro-religion, the lyrics to Christmas carols shouldn’t be messed with. Imagine schools changing lyrics to Hanukkah songs to make them generic, or those from any other culture. This isn’t the only example of such lunacy, but it is of particular note that the parent of the girl featured in this video (the uploader) is an atheist, and made this comment in the description:
Caitlyn and her friends sing “Three Little Birds” and “Simply Having A Wonderful [Holiday] Time” (even as a little atheist, Caitlyn thought the substitution for the word Christmas was a bit ridiculous).
The reason behind regrettable decisions like this (in the U.S. at least; this has also occurred in Canada and Australia) is typically a combination of overreaching political correctness and fear of litigation due to a perceived violation of the Establishment Clause. The latter is totally unfounded, as the Supreme Court has ruled numerous times that Christmas music and decoration is fine—even if it is explicitly religious—so long as secular themes are included in the overall presentation. Yes, that means that even nativity scenes are conditionally fine in schools, yet we are seeing completely secular Christmas songs having that offending word removed.
What do you think the driving reason is behind these kinds of occurrences? Is it political correctness? White guilt? Faux-multiculturalism? Fear of ligitation? Add your opinion to the comments below.