A school choir at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School in Long Island, New York sang "Silent Night" this week by omitting references to Jesus in the song, The Blaze website reports today (December 21, 2013).
The Kings Park Central School District has since apologized after parents complained about the missing words during the fifth grade concert. "Christ the Savior is born," "Holy infant so tender and mild," "round yon virgin, mother and child," and "Jesus, Lord at thy birth" were all removed from the student rendition.
"The Board of Education sincerely apologizes to our community members who were offended by the change of lyrics to the song 'Silent Night' and we share in your sentiment," read the statement of the district.
One parent, Kevin McDonald, said, "'Silent Night' is a sacred Christian hymn that tells the story about the birth of Jesus." He added, "What was performed was inappropriate and disrespectful to the Christian faith."