Robert Degen, the man who may have written the Hokey Pokey (the song's origins are disputed) died the other day. The Times, in his obituary, explains why some Catholics are very, very offended by the song:
Some Roman Catholic churchmen, meanwhile, have said that the words "hokey pokey" derive from "hocus pocus" — the Oxford English Dictionary concurs — and that the song was written by 18th-century Puritans to mock the language of the Latin Mass. Last year the Catholic Church in Scotland, concerned that some soccer fans were using the song as a taunt, raised the possibility that singing it should be prosecuted as a hate crime.
Are there any persons more reliably thin-skinned than those who've nursed their "God-given" victim complexes? I don't think so. Exhibit one. Exhibit two. I could go on, you know I could, but instead I'm going to spend a few minutes groovin' to this mad prog-rock classic by Dutch band Focus. I'm sorry if the title offends any Catholics.