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Bellingham School Won’t Change ‘God Bless The USA’ Words After Furor
CBS Boston ^ | 4/5/12 | CBS Boston

Posted on 04/05/2012 12:51:42 PM PDT by raccoonradio

BELLINGHAM (CBS) – A presentation at an elementary school in Bellingham will go on next week following a controversy in which the words of a patriotic song were changed.

Students at Stall Brook Elementary are doing a project on the 50 states and they planned to sing two songs at an assembly April 12. One was to be a tune about the states, and the other was the popular 1984 Lee Greenwood song “God Bless The USA.”

But someone changed the chorus of Greenwood’s song to “We love the USA” for the assembly.

That didn’t go over well with parents, who complained.

So, school officials decided there would be no singing at the assembly.

Lee Greenwood himself heard about the controversy and issued this statement:

“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.”

Then on Thursday, Superintendent Edward Fleury issued a statement on the school website announcing yet another change.

The songs are back in and and they will sing Greenwood’s song the way it was written.

“Students will be allowed to sing or not sing the words “God Bless the USA” as they sing in celebration of their acquired knowledge. No other words will be substituted. We believe the use of the word God is acceptable in patriotic songs. The district has no intent to censor any patriotic songs. We are certainly sorry if this approach was perhaps considered as disrespectful. That was never the intent,” Fleury wrote in the letter to parents.

“It’s unfortunate that a small mis-understanding has snowballed to this level,” Bellingham School Committee member Cheryl Gray told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Thursday.

“The Pledge of Allegiance is said daily in our classrooms, so, personally, I see no reason to have changed the lyrics of the song.”

Gray said she does not know why the lyrics were changed in the first place.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: dopeydems; godblesstheusa; leegreenwood; liberalfascism; massachusetts; nevermind

1 posted on 04/05/2012 12:51:47 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

A total left-wing loon I happen to know moved to Bellingham back in the late 1990s. Her life pretty much fell apart there, but she stays there. Which is actually OK for me.


2 posted on 04/05/2012 12:54:10 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: raccoonradio

>>will be allowed to sing or not sing

so students are not obligated to sing that offensive G-word,
apparently.


3 posted on 04/05/2012 12:56:26 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Ah, the new Nationalism! No one comes before BigGovernment not even God!

(see my tagline)


4 posted on 04/05/2012 12:58:45 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: raccoonradio

Lee Greenwood should issue this followup statement:
“I’m sorry, this is too little, too late. You are expressly forbidden to sing my song at your school. You will have to deal with the disappointment of the children and the anger of their parents as a result of your abject stupidity. YOU brought this upon you own heads, deal with it yourselves without my song and your continued attempt to leave out its principal component.”


5 posted on 04/05/2012 1:02:48 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: raccoonradio

“...“It’s unfortunate that a small mis-understanding has snowballed to this level,”...

It’s not a “small understanding”.

It is yet another demonstration that liberals, and especially liberal “educators” are ignorant dorks.

The sooner they are fired, the better...so that they can do something more attuned to their education....ditch digger.


6 posted on 04/05/2012 1:03:20 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: raccoonradio
Way to slap them down, Lee Greenwood! More Americans need to take a stand and not back down. This nonsense of upsetting the vast majority of Americans to accommodate the small minority has got to stop.

MAJORITY RULES!

7 posted on 04/05/2012 1:04:55 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: raccoonradio

The “public school” is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is communist.

Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

Nobody loves your children more than you do.

Nobody can teach your children like you can.

Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.

It is hypocritical for you to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. And your children will know it.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.


8 posted on 04/05/2012 1:11:50 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

“Gray said she does not know why the lyrics were changed in the first place”

I do.

Recently at my son’s school they did a winter music concert with the chorus singing “Wave Your Flag”. During rehearsals a teacher came into the gym and objected to the kids waving the American flag because “some students are from other countries”. The teacher was overruled and the American flags stayed in the show.


9 posted on 04/05/2012 1:17:25 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Westbrook

The public schools are nothing more than a money laundering operation for the Unions, while at the same time churning out more dumbed-down, students-turned-Democrat voters.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 1:18:39 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: raccoonradio


“It’s unfortunate that a small mis-understanding has snowballed to this level,” Bellingham School Committee member Cheryl Gray told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Thursday.

“The Pledge of Allegiance is said daily in our classrooms, so, personally, I see no reason to have changed the lyrics of the song.”

Gray said she does not know why the lyrics were changed in the first place.”

In other words -

~We got caught.~


11 posted on 04/05/2012 1:21:40 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: raccoonradio

What will they do with “God Bless America?”


12 posted on 04/05/2012 1:24:41 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Col Frank Slade

“During rehearsals a teacher came into the gym and objected to the kids waving the American flag because “some students are from other countries”.

Unbelievable. Months ago, my nephew was playing in a peewee football league and the coach said “we won’t start any prayer because (insert idiotic lib stuff)”

The team captain in his young age said “if you don’t mind coach, I’ll lead the prayer” and looked at everyone and said “you guys cool with that?”. Everyone said yes. It later reached the parents and the coach got a lecture he won’t forget.


13 posted on 04/05/2012 1:26:32 PM PDT by max americana
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To: luvbach1

They’ll turn it into obama Bless America..


14 posted on 04/05/2012 1:27:10 PM PDT by max americana
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To: raccoonradio
We believe the use of the word God is acceptable in patriotic songs.

Really? Really? Oh, thank you!!! (sarc)

15 posted on 04/05/2012 1:38:20 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: raccoonradio
This idea was first verbalized by one person. That person should be banished from teaching and a “common sense offenders” website needs to be created, so we know where these people live and work...so we can keep our children away from them.
16 posted on 04/05/2012 1:40:28 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: raccoonradio

The “real” Bellingham is in Washington State.


17 posted on 04/05/2012 1:45:04 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
This idea was first verbalized by one person. That person should be banished from teaching and a “common sense offenders” website needs to be created, so we know where these people live and work...so we can keep our children away from them.

I like it. That is something I could get behind.
18 posted on 04/05/2012 1:56:35 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: max americana

It is unbelievable. The teacher objected to the flag despite the fact there is :

1- American Flag in front of school on pole.
2- American Flag painting in school office.
3- American Flags in some classrooms.

I suspect this particular teacher is incensed at all these displays, but chose the school concert venue because it was open advocacy of the Flag by students.

Libs hate that ...


19 posted on 04/05/2012 1:59:26 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: raccoonradio
Gray said she does not know why the lyrics were changed in the first place.

Well, find that person, grill him/her as to where they get off being a self-appointed censor and tell them they will be fired (if union, they will be "taunted a second time") and, at a minimum, a reprimand entered into their folder. Unless these people are slapped down, however softly (i.e. you are now being watched) they will continue to pull this crap.

20 posted on 04/05/2012 1:59:35 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: raccoonradio

Actually the Pledge of Allegiance was written without the words “under God”. God was inserted into the pledge.

You can easily tell because it throws off the cadence. The Knights of Columbus led the charge to have “under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance.


21 posted on 04/05/2012 2:01:22 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: raccoonradio
children will be allowed to sing or not sing

That makes me laugh.

I harken back to watching my oldest son through his kindegarten and gradeschool years. Up on stage, "forced" to sing all of the songs for whatever performance.

Despite my wife's admonitions - I don't think he ever moved his lips once.

Just stood on stage with his hands in his pockets - refusing to sing

Point is - I think kids already "sing" or "don't sing" what they want.

The real question is why the need to remove the word God.

Pretty telling.

22 posted on 04/05/2012 2:02:39 PM PDT by thedrake
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To: raccoonradio

Hmmmm - sounds like somebody got their hindquarters singed just a bit.


23 posted on 04/05/2012 2:13:03 PM PDT by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: Col Frank Slade

4- The school is based in America.


24 posted on 04/05/2012 2:18:07 PM PDT by 386wt
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To: Westbrook

BRAVO!

Republicans trundle their kids off to government schools, secondarys and on to universities and have the temerity to wonder what the hell is wrong with our country.

It will NEVER stop. It will keep coming. We have ceded God and country to the public schools, to John Locke, and the whole cabal of godless who now cooperate with the take down of our country.

We teach what we tolerate.


25 posted on 04/05/2012 2:22:56 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT.)
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To: Col Frank Slade; Tex-Con-Man

We need that teacher’s name and serial number. :)

Stop the madness.

Great idea, TCM.

Treat them like child predators. Map it up.

Past time to play hardball and get defiant. They have been handing it to us for decades, free of charge.

Time for the same accountability, responsibility and consequences that they preach to these kids. IMHO.


26 posted on 04/05/2012 2:30:47 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT.)
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To: OpusatFR
“It’s unfortunate that a small mis-understanding has snowballed to this level,” Bellingham School Committee member Cheryl Gray told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Thursday.

“The Pledge of Allegiance is said daily in our classrooms, so, personally, I see no reason to have changed the lyrics of the song.”

Gray said she "does not know why the lyrics were changed in the first place.”

In other words -

~We got caught.~

In other, other words - it was Gray's idea.

27 posted on 04/05/2012 2:32:39 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: RitaOK

The school board changed their mind and weren’t going to have any songs played.

The school board then changed it’s mind again and will go back to songs with the correct wording.

Bizarre people.


28 posted on 04/05/2012 2:38:30 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: allmendream

Well, it does fit better in the Gettysburg address,from which it was taken. When the atheists get in power they will cover over both speeches in Lincoln’s little house, it and the 2nd Inaugural.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 2:38:52 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: donhunt

There is no institution more political than the public schools. How many people know this, that the reigning philosophy in those schools is John Dewey’s instrumentalism, which eschews all absolutes.


30 posted on 04/05/2012 2:41:18 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: raccoonradio
We believe the use of the word God is acceptable in patriotic songs. The district has no intent to censor any patriotic songs. We are certainly sorry if this approach was perhaps considered as disrespectful. That was never the intent,” Fleury wrote in the letter to parents.

Bullsh*t. You communists got caught, and that is the ONLY thing you are sorry about. America has your number, Massachusetts.

31 posted on 04/05/2012 2:52:32 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RitaOK
They have been handing it to us for decades, free of charge.

Even worse; we have been PAYING for it via back-breaking, confiscatory-level property taxes.

32 posted on 04/05/2012 2:57:05 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RitaOK
Time for the same accountability, responsibility and consequences that they preach to these kids. IMHO.

Amen.

33 posted on 04/05/2012 3:01:23 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: donhunt

Bizzaro is right! Bizzaro mind benders for the most part.

The kids are seeing this confusion, and we know who the author of confusion is, actually. He has a name.


34 posted on 04/05/2012 3:09:13 PM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT.)
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