Since the uproar in Chain Gang Elementary starts with a winter holiday pageant gone terribly wrong, I simply must report this item. In the War on Christmas™, it’s got to be considered a case of “friendly fire” (which is being covered with a certain amount of glee by left-wing blogs).
This song confused me as a kid, anyway, since my father’s name was Don.
If you want to see another example of Christmas Gone Pagan, check out this short excerpt from Chain Gang Elementary.
From The Huffington Post:
The teacher, who has not yet been named in any of the published reports, allegedly removed “gay” from “Deck The Halls” after 1st and 2nd grade students kept giggling during preparations for a Christmas concert at Cherry Knoll Elementary School in Traverse City. Instead of the traditional lyric, the students were taught to sing “don we now our bright apparel,” according to UpNorthLive.com.
The school’s Facebook page has since been inundated with reactions from infuriated parents and fellow educators. “By taking the word ‘gay’ out of ‘Deck The Halls’ you are making it a big deal, one word can have different meanings,” wrote one user. “Your personal opinions should not reflect what you teach other people’s children. Please teach the children the classic song the way it was written.” Another added: “Essentially, this teacher has now taught the elementary school children, including children as young as five, that gay means homosexual sex.”
Update: The principal has told a local television station that the original wording is back in the song and calls the incident “a teachable moment.”