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First they came for the communists,
but I was not a communist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the socialists
and the trade unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they
came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they
came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.
– Pastor Martin Niemoeller.
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|More Politically Correct Carols - Monday, December 27, 2010
More Politically Correct Carols
David C. Stolinsky, MD
What Child Was This?
News item: Planned Parenthood, which receives taxpayer funds, now offers gift certificates for its birth-control services, including abortion. Mark Steyn suggests including a greeting card showing an empty manger − which may be the real purpose.
What child was this who, laid to rest,
Guide Me, O Thou Great Obama
News item: Schoolchildren taught to sing hymn to Barack Obama.
Guide me, O thou great Obama,
Open now the bottomless treasury,
News item: The Christian population of Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, has fallen from 85% to 12%. Hebron, burial place of Abraham, now has 130,000 Muslims, 530 Jews and three Christians. The trend is clear. The plan is to make all Israel “judenrein” – that is, “cleansed” of Jews, with perhaps a few Christians allowed to remain in subservient positions, subjected to discrimination. The same thing is happening in other areas of the Mideast, though the press pretends not to notice.
Once ’twas royal David’s city
Where a mother laid her baby
His birthplace we forsook
The Twelve Days of Holiday
News item: Six Muslim imams removed from airliner after they pray loudly, make anti-American remarks, sit separately controlling all exits, and refuse to be re-screened. Three had one-way tickets and only one had a checked bag. One requested a seat-belt extension, though he was not obese, and flight attendants wondered what the extension could be used for. The imams sued, and the airline settled for an undisclosed amount.
On the twelfth day of holiday, my sex partner gave to me
No Joy to the World
News Item: Schools, government offices and businesses ban Christmas trees and carols. A National Public Radio commentator apologizes for merely saying the word “Christmas” on TV, as if it were a curse word. It’s too bad Christmas isn’t a failing business − then the government might bail it out.
No joy to the world, no Lord is come,
No joy to the world, the judges rule,
Away With the Manger
News item: University of Texas students put up “ACLU Solstice Barn” to replace banned Nativity Scene. Included are Gary and Joseph instead of Mary and Joseph; Nancy Pelosi as an angel; Marx, Lenin, and Stalin as the Wise Men; and a shepherd with an explosive belt − but, of course, no Baby Jesus.
Away with the manger, the parents and child,
Away with the manger from people’s front lawns,
Away with the manger from schools and from homes,
Away with the manger from hearts and from minds,
Silent Night, Unholy Night
News item: Stores ban Salvation Army Santas.
Silent night, unholy night,
Silent night, unholy night
Bad King Wenceslas
News item: Judge blocks mayor from telling police to take homeless people to shelters during freezing weather.
Bad King Wenceslas looked out
Brightly shone the moon that night
Bring that man in near the fire
They went to court and told the judge
The judge ruled people have the right
Judge and lawyers all went home
We now think a homeless guy
Inconvenient folks beware
When before the Lord we stand
Careful now before you speak
Deck the Hall with Nothing at All
News item: Dean orders Christmas tree removed from law school lobby after student complains of feeling “excluded.”
Don't deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fast away our culture passes,
Note: “Fa-la-la” was omitted, as there was no way to be sure whether or not it is politically correct.
Santa Claus Ain’t Coming to Town
News item: Employees told to say “Happy holidays,” not “Merry Christmas.”
No need to watch out
He’s making no list
The people all are sleeping
No caroling, fool!
I enjoy making up politically correct versions of Christmas carols. But today many young people may not know what I am parodying − they are unfamiliar with the carols we knew so well. This year I listened to radio and watched TV in the weeks before Christmas. Unless I tuned to a religious station, carols were few and far between. Even mall music included fewer carols than in the past.
My favorite carol is “Good King Wenceslas.” It expresses the essence of religion: not dogma but treating our fellow humans with kindness. But I haven’t heard it on TV or radio for years. Kids used to grow up hearing carols like this for Christmas, hearing patriotic music for Independence Day, and hearing Sinatra sing “My Way” and Elvis sing “Love Me Tender.” Now kids grow up hearing rap and that Grammy-nominated favorite, “F**k You.” Can you believe that what young people are exposed to during their formative years has no effect on them?
Someone who steals the financial inheritance of young people is called a thief and is sent to prison. But someone who steals the cultural and spiritual inheritance of young people makes money with rap “music” or MTV, and is honored by being called “modern” − as in a “modern” TV executive, a “modern” musician, or a “modern” educator. But he is a worse thief − he stole something more valuable than money. And he left young people far poorer, and less able to defend their civilization against those who want to destroy it.
When we “deck the hall with nothing at all,” we demonstrate not just a lack of Christmas spirit, but also a lack of the spirit we need to survive as a people. Cultural amnesia is like Alzheimer’s − a tragic condition that robs us of our identity and is ultimately fatal.
Dr. Stolinsky writes on political and social issues. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.