by Dr. D ~ April 5th, 2012
(God Bless the USA -Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham, Mass. planned to use Lee Greenwood’s, “God Bless the U.S.A.” song during a fourth-grade assembly.
Only problem, the school administrators planned to drop ‘God’ from the lyrics and use the phrase- “We love the U.S.A.” instead. After parents complained the song was dropped from the concert.
Here’s Lee Greenwood’s statement on the issue:
“Maybe the school should have asked the parents their thoughts before changing the lyrics to the song. They could have even asked the writer of the song, which I of course would have said you can’t change the lyrics at all or any part of the song. The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word God, which is also in the title God Bless The USA.
We can’t take God out of the song, we can’t take God out of The Pledge of Allegiance, we can’t take God off of the American currency.
Let us also remember, the phrase God Bless the USA has a very important meaning for those in the military and their families, as well as new citizens coming to our Country. The song is played at every naturalization ceremony behind The National Anthem. If the song is good enough to played and performed in its original setting under those circumstances, it surely should be good enough for our children.” – Lee Greenwood
A local television station followed up on the issue with an online poll which found that over 80% of their viewers were outraged by the removal of God from the song.
Response: This points out the inconsistences that plague our public schools in America when it comes to God and religion. They begin every day reciting a pledge that contains the phrase- “under God” and they accept money in their offices that proclaims- “In God We Trust,” yet most school administrators are uncomfortable with any references to God or religion due to the current understanding of separation of church and state. Also in at least one instance, a court has order the national motto- ‘In God We Trust,’ removed from a classroom wall.
It hasn’t always been that way in America. The very first Congress voted to print Bibles in English for use in our public schools and for over 150 years children learned to read using readers that referenced Bible passages. My own mother used a McGuffey reader and the Bible in the early 20th century in her one room school house in Nebraska 1914-20.
When I was in elementary school in the 1950’s, we started each day with the Pledge, a scripture reading, and a prayer. None of that was considered to be a violation of the Constitution until later beginning in the 1960’s. Even after that in High School we were still singing religious music in choir like numbers from Handel’s Messiah till I graduated in 1965. No one considered it offensive at the time but the vast majority of the country (90%+) claimed to be Christian in those days.
Now the mere mention of ‘God’ or forced deletion from a song creates a controversy? More disturbing is the current secular progressive agenda that is trying to rewrite God out of our American history and religion out of our past national heritage and experience. *Top