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-“God Bless the USA” is Now Offensive?

by Dr. D ~ June 11th, 2012

God Bless the USA

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Is “God Bless the USA” now considered to be offensive in schools?

Well according to principal Greta Hawkins of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School (New York), it is. She ordered the popular Lee Greenwood ballad- “Proud to be an American,” pulled from the kindergartner class graduation ceremony over concerns that it was offensive. Ms. Hawkins told the teachers to drop the song because 

“We don’t want to offend other cultures.”

Meanwhile the principal did approve the use of Justin Bieber’s song- ‘Baby.’

Later, a Department of education Spokesperson backed up the principal’s decision by saying the music and lyrics were not “age appropriate” –What? But ‘baby’ is?

Come to find out later in the NY Post article on the story, principal Hawkins is a Jehovah’s Witness who does not herself recite the pledge or salute the flag because of her religion nor does she come to attention or show any respect at all during school flag ceremonies.

Response: This is one of those ‘perfect storms’ that seem to be happening all over America lately in schools. Both God and patriotism seem to be increasingly unpopular in public schools lately. In this case Greenwood’s song is double offensive containing both.

This isn’t the first time that Greenwood’s song has run into trouble at a public school. One Massachusetts school took ‘God’ right out of the lyrics.   

On another occasion, one teacher in California was reprimanded for having “God Bless America” and “In God We Trust” on the wall in his classroom. Forget the fact that ‘In God we Trust’ is the national motto and on every dollar of funding the school receives.

Regardless, this school situation may just boil down to one principal who is allowing her own prejudices to get in the way. What I can’t seem to get around is what ‘cultures’ are this principal concerned about offending? After all, shouldn’t American public schools be all about supporting and reflecting the dominant American culture even if there are recent immigrant children in the schools? 

Also, it’s still amazing to me that the NY Department of Education would back this up under an ‘age appropriate’ excuse that doesn’t seem to apply to Bieber’s song?

Hat Tip: Fox-Todd Starnes               *Top        

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