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Great Christmas Concert, but then there was this:

Don McManusDon McManus Member Posts: 23,428 ✭✭✭✭

Attended a Christmas Concert put on by my grandson's grade school.

The choir leader/teacher did a great job, the kids sang wonderfully and included a lot of motion and coordinated movements with the songs - a very enjoyable performance.

There was one sour note that frankly has me befuddled.

When singing 'Deck the Halls', the line 'Don we now our gay apparel' was replaced with 'Don we now our pride apparel'.

Can anyone tell me what conceivable purpose this substitution serves?

How on earth can taking an innocent word like 'gay' and replacing it with a word that purposefully brings gender and sexuality into the song be of any benefit?

On a very positive note, 'Silent Night' was included in the performance, something I had thought would never happen in public schools today.

Freedom and a submissive populace cannot co-exist.

Brad Steele

Comments

  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,159 ******

    It comes from two things, Don: a) a lack of understanding of the definition of the word gay and b) the promotion of woke agenda at all levels of education. I largely blame the focus on "b" over the last few decades as being the cause of "a". Sad to see, but not surprising.

    On a related note, the special hats leading the graduation ceremonies at the last two college graduations I have attended (both WSU) have made a point each time to emphasize how the college and ceremony was taking place on stolen ground, and giving thanks for the allowance of such activity. 🙄

    Some will die in hot pursuit
    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,181 ✭✭✭✭

    I for one would ve having a serious conversation with your son/ daughter about what is going on in your grandchildren school . Someone, ie the music teacher, is pushing a " woke" agenda. Time to do a Barney Fife and " nip in the bud!"

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • Don McManusDon McManus Member Posts: 23,428 ✭✭✭✭

    I originally thought that it was a combination of your a and b, Randy, but even in the context of woke, the substitution does not make any sense.

    There seems to be a perceived need to not use the word gay - ignorant on about the same level as the push to eliminate the word niggardly from public usage. Substituting the word 'pride', however, makes zero sense. Use the word 'bright', for example. Do you really think the instructor actually thought that in this context the word gay was referencing a sexual preference? It is almost the only thing that makes sense, but I refuse to believe this person is that stupid.

    Freedom and a submissive populace cannot co-exist.

    Brad Steele
  • Don McManusDon McManus Member Posts: 23,428 ✭✭✭✭

    I mentioned it to both the mother and the father. Not sure if thought it as odd as did I. A couple of people I talked to either did not hear it or at least told me they did not hear it.

    Freedom and a submissive populace cannot co-exist.

    Brad Steele
  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,472 ✭✭✭✭

    The simple explanation is that language has evolved. The word 'gay' that we grew up thinking meant merry and happy now means something totally different.

    Frankly, had I heard something like that I would be raising hell with the school. But then, I'm about a cantakerous ol ' buzzard when it comes to things like that.

  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,159 ******

    Yes, I do believe this person is that stupid. But more likely, just really bent on promoting their woke agenda. It is very much a part of the leftist communist tactic to co-opt terms. In their world "gay apparel" is given the new meaning of same sex preferring apparel, which is patently a synonym for pride (which is yet another term co-opted to advance the agenda.

    Some will die in hot pursuit
    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
  • Chief ShawayChief Shaway Member, Moderator Posts: 6,185 ******

    I think that you underestimate people Don.

    They are that stupid.

  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,159 ******

    I wouldn't be surprised if the one who changed the word thought "don" in that context was a noun.

    Some will die in hot pursuit
    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
  • cbxjeffcbxjeff Member Posts: 17,382 ✭✭✭✭

    Why am I not surprised Don. Before we know it the 1st graders won't be taught the words to "Mary had a little lamb". On a side note, Back in the '70's Indy had a few hamburger joints called "Gay Dan's". Sometime in the '80's the name was changed to "Mr. Dan's". That outfit was ahead of their time when it came to woke.

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  • Don McManusDon McManus Member Posts: 23,428 ✭✭✭✭

    I will be saying something to someone, but sadly I believe I need to thread a fairly small needle with this one. Probably a simple and respectful letter to the school principal will be the best choice.

    Freedom and a submissive populace cannot co-exist.

    Brad Steele
  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,159 ******

    The brighter the spotlight on it, the more quickly it dies.

    Some will die in hot pursuit
    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 57,803 ******

    Just ridiculous!!! The word Gay is not used that way in the song. Ignorant folks.

  • chiefrchiefr Member Posts: 13,660 ✭✭✭✭

    2 words: Culture destruction......


    along with indoctrination is considered as education in public schools and universities.

  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,472 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    "The brighter the spotlight hotter the flamethrower on it, the more quickly it dies"

    A minor suggestion to your wording.

  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,159 ******

    "Anyone not wearing two million sun block is gonna have a really bad day", ok?

    Some will die in hot pursuit
    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,185 ******

    Growing up with "Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me"


    A slogan that will forever be my shield against these WOKE idiots!

  • Texas1911DETexas1911DE Member Posts: 630 ✭✭✭✭

    ...why didn't you ask the school why they changed the lyrics?....

  • tomh.tomh. Member Posts: 3,812 ✭✭✭✭

    These alphabet people think inclusivity is paramount. So long as you're not white, male or heterosexual.

    In saying "gay," all the other alphabet letters are left out. Not inclusive. So they change that to "pride," which can be used to include everyone. Again, unless you're one of the excluded groups above.

    Also, the word "gay" no longer means carefree, happy, whatever. It has been coopted, much like the rainbow, which is no longer a natural phenomenon, but rather a symbol of alphabet pride.

    "Hell of a price to pay for bein stylish."

  • cbxjeffcbxjeff Member Posts: 17,382 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    Texas1911DE, I suspect the school admin will cite Mary's lover.

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