John A. Pershing Jr. (pershng@US.IBM.COM)
Thu, 2 Jul 1998 14:19:31 -0400
Note that many "religious hymns" were originally secular tunes to which
someone came along and composed brand, spankin', new religious lyrics. So,
does said tune irrevocably become a "religious" tune because of this?
Also, I've wondered from time to time whether the Brits consider "My
Country 'Tis of Thee" to be a (bad) parody? After all, the tune is "God
Save the King", originally a British patriotic song, complete with British
>From the point of view of Scouts, this list, National, etc.etc.etc., is it
OK to do a parody of some *other* country's patriotic song? Or, do we need
to take the transitive closure of all tunes and all lyrics (across all
cultures) to find everything which is "off limits"?
This can get sort-of ridiculous pretty fast.
One, final, retorical question: Who is it that is being "offended" anyway?
I doubt that many (any?) of the boys are offended by these song parodies,
so it must be the adults who are expressing offense. But, don't we do all
this for the boys? C'mon! Ya' gotta let your hair down once in a while
and show the boys that one doesn't lose one's sense of "fun" when you
become an adult.
John A. Pershing Jr. <email@example.com>
WDL / Asst.CM, Pack 36, Westchester-Putnam (NY) Council
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