The ox and who kept time?/Politisch korrektes Weihnachtslied

Recently at a local store, the stereo piped in the Christmas carol “The Little Drummer Boy.” It’s one of my favorite Christmas carols, though some versions are better than others. But what struck me was that the more recent versions modify the traditional words “The ox and ass kept time,” replacing them with “The ox and lamb kept time.” I’m sure the word “ass” was replaced because in post-modern usage, the word refers to a body part— and these days, its use might incur hefty fines from the FCC.

A Google search on “the ox and * kept time” reveals more (including a mule).

Censorship meets Religion?

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