Published December 22, 2005
RIDGEWAY, Wis. (BP) — An elementary school in Wisconsin allegedly has written new lyrics for “Silent Night” for its winter program, stripping away all references to Christ and replacing them with winter weather themes.
The conservative legal group Liberty Counsel says that Ridgeway Elementary School – located approximately 30 miles west of Madison – is asking students to memorize “Cold in the Night,” sung to the tune of the popular Christmas carol “Silent Night.”
Liberty Counsel, which represents a student’s parent, says it will file a lawsuit if the situation is not addressed.
According to Liberty Counsel, the lyrics of “Silent Night” have been changed to:
Cold in the night, no one in sight
Winter winds, whirl and bite
How I wish I were happy and warm
Safe with my family out of the storm.
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