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Michigan School Removes the Word 'Gay' from 'Deck the Halls' Christmas Carol, Angering Facebook Users


Dozens of comments have been left on the Facebook page of Traverse City, Michigan's Cherry Knoll Elementary School protesting a music teacher's removal of the word "gay" from Christmas carol classic "Deck the Halls".

It's not even clear how word got out that this was happening, but folks are understandably pissed.

A Slog tipster writes: "Cherry Knoll Elementary School, of which I am an alumna, is removing the word 'gay' from Deck The Halls at the children's Christmas concert. Please bring some attention to this issue! As far as I can find there has been no local press coverage, but you can see outrage from some community members at the school's Facebook page."

UPDATE: The word "gay" has been put back in to the carol.

Watch a report on the incident from UpNorth Live and an interview with Principal Chris Parker (pictured), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Actually, O'Reilly covered this story last night. That teacher is ridiculous.

    Posted by: Tahler | Dec 9, 2011 7:42:53 AM

  2. As someone who has worked with brat children, and who knows how political correctness has turned reality upside down in this country and made it seriously difficult to work with brat children, I wonder if this teacher just flat out had enough of the brat behavior that ensued at the mention of the word, and changed the word to be able to do the job of teaching music, rather than the language teacher's job of teaching that some words carry different meaning for different people.

    Posted by: Shawnqueefa | Dec 11, 2011 8:17:12 AM

  3. Why is John Chapman the only person besides me on this entire page (including both author and commenters) to actually have an idea as to what happened? Because this is a gay blog, you all have to assume that the removal of the word from the song was an anti-gay act of bigotry without having all the facts?
    George Carlin was right. It doesn't matter who's in a group, but leave it to a group to abandon all sense upon congregating.

    Posted by: Reverend Flash | Dec 10, 2012 4:46:45 PM

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