Tuesday, December 16, 2008



Changes to "incorrect" lyrics of Christmas carols

We read:
"Enduring favourites such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are being altered by British 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....

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by visitors to the website are Hark the Herald Angels Sing in which the line "Glory to the newborn King" has been replaced by "Glory to the Christ child, bring".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 that the original was sexist. "(One reader) wrote in asking if the original line was considered too gender-specific," Mr Goddard said. "But as he rightly pointed out, Jesus wasn't hermaphrodite, neither was he a girl."

Churchgoers at one carol service will not be allowed to sing the words "all in white" during Once in Royal David's City in case they appear racist, while another cleric has removed the word "virgin" from God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

'"Glory to the newborn King" has been replaced by "Glory to the Christ child, bring".'

'"O come let us adore Him" - has also been changed in one church to "O come in adoration"'

"...both changes apparently made for fear that the original was sexist."

So let's get this straight. Jesus was a man, a male. And to refer to Him as "Him" is not politically correct? Sorry folks, but Jesus was a "Him" and Jesus is the "King" of the Jew, not "queen". These PC a**holes really need to just shut the f*ck up.

Anonymous said...

"all in white"

Oh, come on, you race-card-playing idiots. It's "all 'in' white, as dressed in white, not "all white", as in all Caucasian. It's people like this who pull this race crap just because they can without any reasonable justification that gives minorities a bad name.

And removing "virgin" amounts to historical revisionism which should be treated as severely as treason.

Anonymous said...

I wish more people were aware of this site. The majority of people I know have no idea that this stuff is happening across the water and is making its way here.

-darko

Anonymous said...

These people are idiots. It's a Christmas carol for pete's sake.

Anonymous said...

Who cares, the whole thing is fantasy anyway. Are all those Santa Clauses actually pedophiles might be a more relevant question? At least the Easter Bunny seems quite asexual and gender neutral! But a tooth fairy sounds a bit suspicious!

Anonymous said...

"At least the Easter Bunny seems quite asexual and gender neutral"

uh, have you asked what PETA thinks about dressing up an animal in clothes and having it distribute boiled eggs (which are after all chicken fetusses) to children to eat?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many of these carols are still are under copyright? Producing a derivative work from these carols would be illegal.

Anonymous said...

I think all the carols are in the public domain by now. The carolers could just sing the original lyrics anyway, and could take a cue from Jim Morrison on the Ed Sullivan show by also singing the original lyrics twice as loud, refusing to obey the modified lyrics, and making a point of it.

Anonymous said...

The church of england has never been anything but a haven for gay socialists, so this should not be shocking news. The real question is, did they clear this change with the local Imam.