It’s beginning to look a lot like BS

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” has been banished from one English parish:

The Rev Stephen Coulter told parishioners not to sing the carol after he visited the West Bank. He told them the words ‘How still we see thee lie’ were too far removed from life in Bethlehem.

He said where shepherds once used to watch over flocks by night now security guards watched over the people living there. As a result the carol has been banned from all festive services in his Dorset parish of Blandford Forum.

“Besides, there’s thirty thousand people there. Hardly a little town, is it?”

Incidentally, those harps of gold in “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” have got to go: insensitive display of wealth, doncha know.

(Via Christopher Johnson.)

Note: First sentence was re-edited for clarity.


  1. Lynne »

    13 December 2008 · 7:07 pm

    Oh my Lord, he needs a good slack of “get a life”
    should we ban silent night too, because with car alarms, it’s all but NOT calm.

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    13 December 2008 · 8:25 pm

    Welllllll, he did get a rise out of several people. Will that have any positive effect? I kind of doubt it. You know, I have not heard of any proposal that would lead to peace in the mideast, other than bombing the whole place back to the stone age. And that wouldn’t bring peace either, you would just have fewer people picking fights.

    The only other ideas I have are to: 1) stop buying oil from the mideast, and 2) offer to setup schools and send teachers to anyone that wants them and can provide decent security. Okay, so #1 is not going to happen anytime soon, probably not in this millenium, but you can still dream.

  3. USBeast »

    13 December 2008 · 9:41 pm

    The good Reverend seems to think that his visit to Bethlehem was more important than the one made by his Lord and Savior. Is it my imagination or is the clergy of the C. of E. comprised of totally worthless twits?

  4. Interested-Participant »

    14 December 2008 · 12:56 pm

    Clergyman Bans “O Little Town of Bethlehem”…

    we should be thankful that he didn’t ban “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.” (From Dustbury) Companion post at The Jawa Report.

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