Taken from the Mail on Sunday. (english newspaper)
I quote from parts of the item.
A leading male vooice choir performing "When I'm 64" - Paul McCartneys humourous take on growing old-has been forced to cut one of the songs most famous lines.
In a stining politically correct move singers were told to change the lyric "Birthday greetings, bottle of wine" in case they upset Jehovah's WItnesses-who do not celebrate birthdays....
The 80 strong Hart Male voice Choir was due to perform the in Farnborough, Hampshire, last night as as a joint number with singers from a local primary school.
But the line was dropped at the request of teachers because one of the youngsters is a Jehovahs WItness and they did not want to cause "embarrassment or upset".
The faith does not recognise birthdays, considering them a Pagan custom. It believes early Christians did not celebrate Christs Birthday.
The decision to cut the line from the charity performance in aid of the local Lions Club caused outrage. Howard Cohen of the London Beatles Store said "This is political correctness gone mad".
Dick Nightingale choir secretary said, "The request came from the school. They wanted to do a joint number with us and "When I'm 64" is one we have done in the past because its easy for the kids to learn.
"We wanted to be sensitive but I don't know if the child or parents were actually asked whether they minded or not."
The UK Jehovahs Witness movement said "While we would not expect the school to accommodate individual students in this way, we appreciate the fact that they have chosen to respect the wishes of the member who is taking part."
Last night organisaers confirmed that there had been a complaint about the lyric but claimed the songhad been dropped because of lack of rehearsal time."
Couple of questions I would like to ask.
First, what was a JW child doing singing with a school choir.
Secondly,the performance was for charity raising money for the local Lions Club. Wouldn't that have been frowned on, helping to raise money for a worldly organisation?