Did you hear about the elementary school in Massachusetts that tried to get rid of God? Well, at least they tried to eliminate all references to him in a school assembly.
I guess the administrators were concerned about “separation of church and state” issues, so they decided to change the lyrics of a popular Lee Greenwood song from a few years ago, “God Bless the USA.”
They re-wrote the song so the kids would sing “We Love the USA” instead, but things didn’t go so well from that point forward. The kids’ parents learned that God was getting the axe, and they complained—in large numbers.
Responding to the parents’ complaints, the school decided to cut the song out of the program altogether. But by then the story had made the national news, so the administrators changed their tune, allowing the song to be sung as written.
So how does singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood feel about the whole controversy? In an interview with Fox News, Lee said:
"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, and of course I 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. 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."
By the way, if you’d like to learn more about religious freedom in the public schools and your child’s right to express his or her faith, let me recommend an excellent organization. It’s called “Gateways to Better Education. You can learn more about their programs at their website, www.gtbe.org.”
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.