Parents and staff at a London primary school are outraged after the headmaster changed the lyrics to “Away In a Manger” in the name of “inclusivity.”
According to Fox News, students are to sing “little baby” instead of “Lord” so “all pupils” could fully participate in the school’s annual Nativity Tuesday celebration.
“I picked up my children at the end of the day and they were so upset, saying to me, ‘Mummy, today in assembly the headteacher told everybody that she would be changing the words to the Christmas song,’” one angry mother told the group Christian Concern. “I am taking this stand as Christian belief and tradition, which means so much to so many people of all generations, is being sacrificed and silenced in the name of inclusion and political correctness.”
“If he was just a baby boy named Jesus, there wouldn’t be a celebration in the first place,” another upset mother told the Daily Mail. “He is our Lord and Saviour and King of all Kings – that’s the whole point.”
Despite all the outrage, the Diocese of Chelmsford, where the Nativity was held Tuesday, disagreed, claiming, “The service maintains the traditional Christian message of the joy of Christmas in a way that can be celebrated by everyone, including those of other faiths and none.” However, the idea that omitting crucial elements of a traditional Christian song do not take away from the message of the song is clearly illogical.