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VA hospital prevents teens from singing ‘Silent Night’ to veterans


In yet another example of political correctness gone mad, a local news outlet in Georgia, WRCB, says today that the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center “prevented a group of high school students from singing some songs to veterans” last week.

The report states that high school students from Augusta’s Alleluia Community School “were prevented from singing traditional holiday songs such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful.’”

A spokesman for the hospital, Brian Rothwell, said in a statement,

“military service members represent people of all faiths. He said that VA rules on ‘spiritual care’ are in place out of respect for every faith.”

Bah Humbug!

The incomparable Todd Starnes of Fox News reported that when the students arrived, they were

“given a list of 12 Christmas songs provided by the hospital’s pastoral service that had been ‘deemed appropriate for celebration within the hearing range of all veterans.’”

At least the VA did not attempt to rewrite “Silent Night,” as was done at the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School on Long Island, as reported at Liberty Unyielding.

Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud.

H/T @DoneDidFedUp

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  • Howard Portnoy

    On top of this, members of the military are forbidden to say ‘Christmas’ and liberal bastion San Francisco won’t allow wood-burning fires. Yet, we hear incessantly that there is no war on Christmas. Amazing.

    • Renee Nal

      I can’t keep up with all of this madness!

  • Shiloh

    Military does that because, it doesnt want to be seen as an endorser of one religion over another, especially since its ranks are made up of people from all walks of life. It is no different than not allowing its members to wear Nike boots, or Rayban sunglasses, or Tommy H shirts, while in uniform. I believe there is a War on all things religious but not by the military.

    • Albert

      It is definitely endorsing soviet style secularism which to me is offensive and deprives many of those veterans to religious expression. If the basis is being offend then lets stop all music from being played since someone will be offended by something played. What about the offended vets who did not get to hear their favorite traditional Christmas songs due to this imposition.