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Elementary School Wanted To Take ‘God’ Out Of ‘God Bless the USA’

April 9, 2012 by  

Elementary School Wanted To Take ‘God’ Out Of ‘God Bless the USA’
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Singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood says he would not grant permission to a Massachusetts elementary school to remove "God" from his song, "God Bless the USA."

During the organization of an upcoming school function, students at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham, Mass., were told to sing, “We Love the USA,” instead of, “God Bless the USA.” When the news reached parents, it caused quite a ruckus.

“It’s [God] on our currency,” said Patrick Grudier.

But some parents agreed with the decision. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with changing the song. It’s a public school. If you want to have the word ‘God’ in the song, go to a private school,” said father Matthew Cote.

Lee Greenwood, the man who wrote and sang the hit released in 1984, responded to the incident:

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.

The school initially decided it would be best to remove the song from the program, but has reversed its decision.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Sirian

    Once again, another open and blatant sign as to the true direction the wonderful “Public Indoctrination Centers” are heading. This is but one of who knows how many different “Anti-American” moves the indoctrination centers have and are taking, nation wide. Oh, it’s nothing to worry with, right? If that’s your sentiment, then you truly are a lost soul.

    • Rocky Night

      looks like the brown shirt recruiting centers aka elementary schools are getting more blatant of their hate for God and Country.

      Sadly my tax money goes there.

      • Randy131

        A voucher system in every state would stop this nonsense, and cause our children to get a better education than the one they are receiving from these failing schools of GODless indoctination centers. Since most private schools these vouchers would be used for are religious, our children would also be receiving a moral education, as public schools use to give in the past before they were taken over by the unionized teachers that are either socialists or communists, and because of this would produce a better moral citizen and society. A huge byproduct of a voucher system would be a tremendouse decrease in property taxes that are needed to support these public failing schools, because private and religious schools use their own assets to build, maintain, and man their schools. A voucher system is a win/win scenario for everyone, except teacher unions, that support Democrats and the changing of our society to a socialistic communistic form of governance, which benefits only them and the Democrats.

    • Flashy

      Disturbing the school caved in and reversed the decision to sing “We Love the USA,”. The one (“We Love the USA,”) is one of hope and positive message. The other (god Bless America”) is asking for some supernatural spiritual blessing.

      before y’all get on your high horses about attacking religion…it’s not. it’s defending the Constitution and keeping any governmental auspices from the hint of approval of one religion over another.

      Why do christians feel a need to push their agenda on others? If this religion is so correct, and the christian Right is always yelling about freedom of choice….should their religion therefore not be able to stand on its own merits instead of being pushed upon the population?

      It’s not in the Pledge of Allegiance, I believe the religious deity reference is removed. Rightfully so.

      Yes, it is on our currency, and so are symbols which have been called “satanist” and there are Masonic symbols as well. Plus, if you put a dollar bill on a platter and spin it counter clockwise, the noise it makes flapping in the air sends the message “Rush is a closet CD”.

      but for a public school, a center of education, to push forward any hint of religious agenda is crossing the line. It is giving a governmental approval that one religion is favored and receives government approval. unless, of course, the school also allows without penalty songs and/or messages of equal time, place and manner for other religions. Y’all support that allowance for your schools?

      • Jibbs

        Eye’s roll, yawn…….

      • Congress Works For Us

        I am an Atheist, but even I say Flash is full of $hit.

      • Zed

        Regarding Flashy’s comment about the Pledge of Allegiance; The Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy a baptist minister. He deliberately left out any reference to God and country so that the Pledge could be used by children anywhere on earth.
        The original Pledge read:

        I pledge allegiance to my flag
        and to the republic for which it stands
        one nation, indivisible
        with liberty and justice for all

        The pledge that you are all so familiar with today is the result of three different acts of Congress to change the pledge. The most recent, in 1954, was to add the words “under God” as a political statement against the red menace (communism.)

      • Flashy

        Jibbs and Congress. i realize y’all have mental slow periods, so try this.

        The song referencing God is now put back into the program as stated by the last line of the article. Correct?

        It’s a public event put on by a public/state organization (school).

        OK…now .. a few weeks from now in the next public performance by either that same school or another one in the district, the Muslims want to have a song inserted into the program “Allah Bless America”. Or the Krishna’s want a poem inserted to be read … Or a small group of Flashy is Great wants to have a song which has Flashy giving his blessing to this nation.

        OK…what’s the argument against having to have these inserted in the program?

        The argument TO ALLOW these is straight up. Pursuant to the 1st Amendment, the state is required to treat all religions the same. No favoritism.

        Now what’s the argument against? Exactly, there isn’t any. Because any basis to prevent the insertions has the State taking a side on content based upon religion. Any decision NOT to include the songs/poems is having the State dictate what is an acceptable religion and what is not. .

      • TML

        Flashy says, “before y’all get on your high horses about attacking religion…it’s not. it’s defending the Constitution and keeping any governmental auspices from the hint of approval of one religion over another.”

        Even as what most might consider an atheist, I disagree. The Constitution says that Congress shall make no law respecting a religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Therefore, citizens have the right to freely practice their religion in school, and to deny them this, is a violation of the 1st Amendment.

        The word ‘god’ does not even “hint” at any specific religion, as the word is not indigenous to Christianity, or even Islamic or Jewish religions, as it appears also in Hinduism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, all forms of paganism, and others such as Shamanism.

        Flashy says, “Why do christians feel a need to push their agenda on others? If this religion is so correct, and the christian Right is always yelling about freedom of choice….should their religion therefore not be able to stand on its own merits instead of being pushed upon the population?”

        Yet, this isn’t a case of ‘pushing’ religion. As an atheist, you must differentiate the difference between freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

      • Opal the Gem

        Congress Works For Us, Flashy isn’t full of sh!t he is half full. The other half gets spewed out here when he is commenting about something.

      • Nick Fortune

        This country was founded by religious people, Puritans and Quakers who left Europe to practice their religion here in freedom. Most all of our Founding Fathers believed in God

        One of the first and most popular educational text books in the history of our country was the McGuffey Reader; which combined religion with education. At that time Students brought their own books, most frequently the Bible, since few textbooks existed.

        It’s my understanding that most, if not all the colleges were founded by Christians who had a religious component or perspective in their teaching.

        Publicly using the word or title God does not imply governmental approval of one religion over another. The concept of a Biblical God, whether or not you believe in Him, teaches a civil and moral perspective which promotes the brotherhood of man.

        Why is it that liberals who advocate “tolerance” for others are not tolerant themselves?

      • TML

        @Nick Fortune

        The religion of the founders and the fact that most of them believed in A god is negligible, as is most of your appeals to history.

        The one statement you made… “Publicly using the word or title God does not imply governmental approval of one religion over another.”… is correct, and is the same as I pointed out above, that the word “god” specifies no religion. Understand, without this being the case, then Flashy might actually have a point.

        Nick Fortune says, “The concept of a Biblical God, whether or not you believe in Him, teaches a civil and moral perspective which promotes the brotherhood of man.”

        Understand that this is a subjective opinion, and not a strong argument.

      • securityman

        Flashy, you are “another Idiot heard from”! If you are such a great reader of things, read the constution. This country was built on and with a belief inGod. You need to get your nose a little closer to your idol,s “obama” rear end so that you will be happy….

      • Flashy

        Security…last time I read the Constitution and the Amendments, i didn’t read anywhere the word “God” nor that this nation was founded on the bedrock of religion. Just the opposite.

        Someone else —> “The word ‘god’ does not even “hint” at any specific religion, as the word is not indigenous to Christianity, or even Islamic or Jewish religions, as it appears also in Hinduism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, all forms of paganism, and others such as Shamanism. ”

        OK…so you’d have no objection to using the word “Allah” in public function? Or the reference to Bhudda? Or offering a prayer to Krishna? In a public gathering ?

        yeah, sure you’d have no objection … and i believe in the Easter Bunny too …

      • Sirian

        Nick F,
        Jump over to this and I believe you will find it interesting. It’s very applicable to what we are faced with day by day.
        http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=106938

      • http://folkartist.wordpress.com Libertytrain

        and flashy further says – ‘Intellectual property be damned – it is the right of the people to change anothers property to suit their own preferences….’ yep, so very left of him…. of course, he probably has no creativity of his own to understand the ramifications of what he thinks or better said – doesn’t think.

      • TML

        Flashy says, “OK…so you’d have no objection to using the word “Allah” in public function? Or the reference to Bhudda? Or offering a prayer to Krishna? In a public gathering ?

        yeah, sure you’d have no objection … and i believe in the Easter Bunny too …”

        Your rhetoric example isn’t consistent and therefore fails. The equivalent would be if the name “Jesus” was substituted for the word “God” in the song in question. The English word “God” is used by multiple religions as a noun or name to refer to different deities. “Allah” is the Islamic name for ‘god’, as Judaism has 72 different divine names for ‘God’. “Krishna” is a Christ-like demi-‘god’ figure in Hinduism. And Buddhism is often seen more as a philosophy rather than an actually religion, unless one incorporates a belief in supernatural entities, to which such philosophy does not restrict.

      • Gary L

        Flashy,
        It is Freedom OF Religion, NOT freedom FROM Religion.
        People like you are part of the problem with America.
        May God Bless America.

      • TML

        You are only half right, Gary…

        Gary L says, “It is Freedom OF Religion,…”

        1st Amendment: “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

        Gary L says, “…NOT freedom FROM Religion.”

        1st Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting a religion…”

        So in essence, there is a freedom FROM religion when it comes to codifying religious doctrine or belief systems.

      • Ted Crawford

        Flashy;
        ” ….Nor that this Nation was founded on the bedrock of religion. JUST THE OPPOSITE”
        Our Founders would seem to disagree with you on this!
        ‘ We’ve staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of Government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capicity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God ” James Madison
        ” We have no Government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is inadaquate for the Government of any other ” John Adams

      • carrobin

        Why do schools have to be churches? That’s one of the reasons our educational system is a mess.

      • TML

        It would seem that the Founders disagree with you Ted.

        Treaty of Tripoli – Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation

        “…the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” – Treaty of Tripoli

        What you pointed out were some of the arguments that were set forth and did not hold up.

        “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” – Thomas Jefferson

      • Average Joe

        According to Wikipedia…and a mirad of other sites…..

        According to the United States Flag Code, the Pledge of Allegiance reads:

        I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

        According to the Flag Code, the Pledge “should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute”.

        Me thinks Flashy is afraid of mere words…that seems to be his issue…the “word” God…..It isn’t about religion…it’s the word that offends him…….How sad……

      • Average Joe

        While you are correct that the word God does not appear in the Constitution, the founders did aknowlege a higher power by their inference to “their Creator”….and that we have “unalienable rights”…..as a result of…being born.

        We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

        Amongst those rights Flashy….is the right not to participate in anything that “You” find offensive.
        You do not however, have the right to stop others from participating in things in their lives that “You” find offensive.

        Most of us really don’t want to listen to you preach your lines of horsespit around here…but Bob Livingston is tolerant as are the rest of us…..we allow you speak your mind and say pretty much anything you please. If enough of us complained (because we feared your words)…you wouldn’t be here in the first place..but we ignore for the most part what you say…we’ve considered the source…you.By your reasoning skills (non-existant I’m guessing) I am guessing that since most here don’t agree with you….that we shouldn’t be allowed to post opposing views..because you don’t think you should have to exposed to it on a “public” forum?

        If things offend you…don’t parcipate (simple for most of us)…I realize that may be big stretch for someone with your limited thought capacity….but please…try to wrap your small mind around that concept……you seem to be pretty thin-skinned…give it a try.

        Flashy, before you do it…Whining isn’t pretty…don’t do it!

      • TML

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

        As a fun fact, lol… atheists usually read this as, “…they are endowed by their humanity…” because there is no reason to make the leap in logic, to a Creator, for authority beyond the rights of the human/individual, which stand by themselves.

      • http://www.facebook.com/milo.a.fabian Milo Alan Fabian

        It is a part of being a Christian to evangelize. We have the right of free speech, we have the Good News to spread, and have no reason to push our religion on to anyone. The writer of the song wrote God. Those who sing the song need to sing it as written, and if some one finds that offensive, it is no more offensive than the attempt to censor the free speech of Christian believers in whatever setting it happens to appear. I do not censor those Jewish or Muslim people who wear the dress required by their respective faiths in my work space, and I do not expect to be refused the right to use the name of God anywhere I happen to choose, and I firmly believe that I owe my fellow man the opportunity to hear how much they are loved by the Father, and how they may find the way to everlasting life. If telling someone they can live forever is pushing rather then passing on an opportunity, then so be it.

    • restorefreedom

      So glad I no longer have school age kids attending indoctrination centers. Home schooling is turning out to be the only true educational experience. Right in front of our eyes and we support these teachers and administrators. Seriously?!

  • s c

    I’d like to point out a simple fact about many school administrators (and some teachers). Most school administrators claim that they became administrators to “help.” In fact, the vast majority of administrators get their administrative credentials to get OUT of a classroom. And the money is SOOOO good!
    In an age where it’s hard to tell the difference between a pc zombie and a parent, this case should set off many brain alarms. It seems as though the legal concept known as in loco parentis is about to get another political ‘adjustment.’
    I’ll make my remarks short and say that if this isn’t enough to make you take your kid(s) out of public school, then go ahead and turn over your kids to Uncle Scam, folks.
    Stick it to ‘em, Lee Greenwood. “Parents” like Matthew Cote, consider getting yourself ‘fixed.’ PLD readers, get off the pot and make a decision. Uncle Scam is NOT your friend – and neither are many school officials. Forget Uncle Scam. He was a lost cause decades ago.

    • Jibbs

      Amen S C,
      What have we become?
      It’s sad that so many no longer THINK for themslve’s, and are willing to let the government and teachers think for them.

      The riots are not far off. The only question is…one lantern, or two?
      If by air, it might be three!

    • restorefreedom

      My dad always used to say they were teachers because they couldn’t make it in the real world! God bless him just another thing he was right about it seems.

      • Carol J

        I definitely resent that. My Mother was a teacher with a Masters in Mathematics. She stopped teaching full time after they started requiring chest x-rays once a year and spent the rest of her career substituting. She was called more often as a substitute for 5 different schools than any other teacher. She raised me and USAF VET along with my Dad, kept house, cooked and was active in the community. We think she did a great job. Married to my Dad for 60 years, and lived to 90. So, mr. restorefreedom, neither you nor your dad know what is what. The problem is that today there are so very few teachers like her. We need more of them.

      • http://Aol CommonSense4America

        My father also taught me. Those that CAN,,,,DO. Those that CAN’T,,,,TEACH. I am soooo glad that my kids are grown. I pray for my grandchildren growing up in an America that I am beginning to not recognize. Political correctness is part of the problem.

  • http://SouthernYankee N R

    Just another reason why I am glad to have moved from Massachusetts. My children attended a public school in a nearby town and in December they celebrated by having a “holiday tree”, not a Christmas tree. The word “Christmas” was missing from all the decorations and posters. I spoke to the principal about this and she said they “didn’t want to offend anyone.” As Charlie Brown would say in the comic strip: “Good Grief.”

    • Nick Fortune

      They don’t want to offend anyone; anyone that is, EXCEPT CHRISTIANS. It’s okay to offend Christians as we’re fair game. Offend ANY other group and it’s tantamount to being a “Hate Crime.”

      • restorefreedom

        Being a christian is like being a legal american citizen we get dumped on and illegals and atheists or muslims are catered too. What happened to our country?

    • TML

      That does seem a bit ridiculous since “Christmas” is a nationally recognized holiday.

  • macawma

    He should sue them for plagiarism if they change it.

    • OkieSunshine

      Amen to that suggestion.

    • mac

      Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution deals with Copyright. Greenwood could sue over changing the words of his copyrighted song.

  • Janet Layton

    Leave Christains alone!!!!!!! You are trying to force your beliefs and take away all our rights to our belief that God deserves all praise and glory! God is mighty and He will put a stop to this once and all when His Son returns for us. We belive in His Word, not just our desires!

  • 45caliber

    Were the school officials upset about using the name “God”? Or were they upset about asking God to bless the USA?

    • Raggs

      Thats a DAMM good question .45

    • Nadzieja Batki

      G-D bless the USA would be what bothered them. A generic god is what is liked.

      • Karolyn

        And what is wrong with a “generic” God? As has been posted already, God is different things to different people, but it all ends up being a supreme intelligence.

  • teaparty13

    Funny, they want to take God out of songs the students will be singing, but allow them to sing praises to Obama….

    • Raggs

      Exactly!!!!
      They have a “new” more improved god and they call him king oblama.

    • OkieSunshine

      Quite unbelievable isn’t it?

      • MRMO57

        All bow and PRAY to the ALL MIGHTY OBUMMER HE is the Light and the Way. Rite to the old USSR. May the real God have mercy on him and his sheep “NOT”
        GOD bless America!!!!
        For God and country.

    • http://Aol CommonSense4America

      Are you referring to our “Dear Leader?” LMAO

  • sueted

    Get ready to protect your beleifs.

  • Tugs

    The constitution states freedom of religion and that the goverment can not choose one over the other the supreme court ruled (A United States Federal Court of Appeals has now ruled that Atheism is, indeed, a religion, under U.S. law.) Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    When the school or any other goverment department forces the removal of God or songs whith Christ in them, Then they have chosen one religion over the other.

    When teachers choose to teach evelution as fact and refuse to teach about Creationism. They have chosen a religion over another,

    When they order the removal of the ten commandments, they have chosen one religion over the other.

    This is breaking constitutional law and they could be either sued or removed from office.

    I wonder what will christians do if they figure that out?????

    • Flashy

      tugs…if they put up the 10 Commandments, can i put up similar religious content right nesxt to that list? Say … Satanic verse? or Wicca? or…yeah…Muslim? Evolution is a science BTW. Your argument is similar to mine, except your context is having the State approve christianity over every other religion.

      • Nick Fortune

        Flashy….For whatever reason it is obvious that you have contempt for the Christian faith or religion.

        Like it or not, the Christian religion is historically intertwined, in our Western culture and there are Biblical precepts manifest in our society that stand even today.

        You as an individual, or as an atheist, cannot change the history of our country, though you can attempt to change its mores and institutions to that of another country which you may prefer over ours.

      • Nick Fortune

        Flashy … When are you going to try to get rid of San Francisco (Saint Francis), San Antonio (Saint Anthony) etc. You have a lot of work ahead of you.

      • TML

        Have to agree with you on the 10 Commandments thing, Flashy… which is different than the issue at hand concerning the word ‘God’ as I addressed above. Posting the 10 Commandments in, say, a court room, is definitely not admissible under the 1st Amendment as it respects a specific religion in a court of law, IF other such religious ‘lists’ of subjective morality are not allowed.

      • Flashy

        Nick —> Flashy….For whatever reason it is obvious that you have contempt for the Christian faith or religion.

        No Nick, I have a problem with folks who claim a religious belief system, while living a lifestyle or belief system contrary. Yet time after time also insist that their belief mores must be pushed upon everyone and given favored treatment above any other belief system.

        Let me ask you…where is my right to say “I don’t want to have that religion placed in a public play organized by a state institution? ” Why do you get to put your religion on display and yet, should i want my religion to have equal display, you’d deny it. ?

      • Ladyhawke

        Flashy,
        Evolution is not a science, it is a theory. To be science, it must be observable, testable, and repeatable. Evolution is none of these and the process that they “prove” are based upon results which are jaded by the worldview of those studying it. If you believe in “millions of years” and “goo to man” evolution, everything you see and every conclusion you make is going to be biased toward that worldview. The whole name “origins science” is a misnomer because it is not science.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        How about living your life that noone can find fault with and mind your own business how others live. You are more concered about other people’s morals and deliberately distract attention from your own sins.
        Why are you preoccupied with the silence of heaven if you are an athiest as you say?

      • MRMO57

        Flashy I read a lot of the cra? that you post.I think it is time for you to go back in your hole and pull the dirt back over your head. You are in my top 5 dumb people of the world. And please do not have a good day !!

      • http://Aol CommonSense4America

        For MRMO57,,,,I don’t agree with anything Flashy says, but I would not wish him any harm.
        Flashy, have a nice day.

  • Raggs

    Why is it that we hear of this kind of an attack on religious freedom everyday now?
    Could it be due to the fact that we now have a “prez” that is anti-religion / anti-Christ?

  • Bruman

    It’s a public school. If you want to have the word ‘God’ in the song, then leave it in. Otherwise go to a private school or home school where you can write your own rules.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      The school made an issue of the song by using it and changing the wording.

  • http://evharris2002@yahoo.com Elia

    The main point in this article is simply that people do not have the legal right to change the wording or title of a song that has been copyrighted by the artist who produced it. It is illegal to do that, no matter what “reason” anyone might give. Lee Greenwood wrote the song “God Bless the USA,” copyrighted it with that title, and it belongs to him. If someone wishes to use his song but wants to change any aspect of it, they must request written permission from him. No aspect of it is allowed to be changed without his permission. To do so is against the law. Plain and simple.

    People need to stop thinking that they are “entitled” to do as they wish with somebody else’s property. Adults need to stop behaving as if they were children, who, when they don’t have their way, throw temper tantrums in the form of angry responses and verbal abuse.

    The way people behave when they disagree with something shows their level of emotional maturity. Some adults need to grow up – in emotions and intelligence.

    • notso_old_vet

      Elia, you got the issue correct. It is not just about removing God but removing God from another person’s song and having attempted to do so without his permission. I think it is part of the liberal concept of distribution of income or something. Distributing the right to take from the author his right to his intellectual property.
      I also go with the “freedom OF religion” and no “laws prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

  • Rev. Bob Tilley

    When will the real moms and dads realize that “if” you organize with the right understanding of God and who really did make all that was made and that His Son Jesus Christ is in control of the righteousness that we, His people, have been givien if we but simple take His name and put Him in our hearts, then we would not have the troubles we keep heaping on ourselves. This is our country and we must stand up to enforce those God given rights and teach those who do not know our Theology of God and Man. If they want to ignore who we are in this great USA then by all means leave this country. Love us or leave us alone, it’s that simple. We may have a great flaw in that there are parents who DO NOT KNOW what we mean as God’s people, and so how can they teach the children what they do not know. May God Have Mercy On All Of US. Amen!

    • Flashy

      Rev…your post is the BEST reason of all to make absolutely certain there is a solid wall between church and State. now…if a state entity desires to give a public presentation with a religious content 9and yes, “God” is a religious content), then I fervently wish the Krishna’s make a claim for equal time, manner and place for their religious beliefs.

      Y’all want to use words which connotate a religion or particular sect? Have at it…because that is the can of worms you’re demanding to be opened.

      NO AMERICAN TALIBAN

  • chester L Pringle

    despite govt attempt to do so – denying existence of God,is to
    deny ones own existence since God is omnipotent,omnipresent,
    and all knowledgable – You can have no existence without him.
    some oi einstines student are comihg around to this.

  • http://none chester L Pringle

    despite govt attempt to do so, denying exisgence of God is go
    deny ones own exisstence. Since God is omipotent,omnipresent
    and all knowledgable.–There is no exisgence without him.
    Some of einsteins students will now offer you mathematical
    evidence to prove this.

  • chester L Pringle

    despite attempts to do so, denying existence of God is to
    deny ones own existence. Since God is Omnipotent,omnipresent,
    and all knoledgeable, there is no existence without him.
    Some of einsteins students will now offer mathematical
    evidence to prove this

  • Vincent Corrado

    It’s about time a school did the right thing and stopped trying to force religion on kids.

    • 45caliber

      If singing a song that mentions the word “God” in it is an attempt to “force religion on kids” then we are in a bad way. Many of the best songs and music is written for God but it shouldn’t mean that we should forego all of it for fear of being converted. To tell the truth, if it MIGHT convert you, you are already well on your way to conversion.

  • ranger hall

    God is just a Word, Around the World People just have different names for God. We have the 10 Commandments. What other religion has commandments.???.
    I for one do not want anything changed that i and the people have lived under for 250 years.
    We and our children must have something good to believe in, This is America.
    God is Americas Word, Lets keep it as is. Just as others can keep theirs, We have no obligation to pacify others.
    In all Religons Peoples have a name for there Gods, And it is based on different beliefs as to what created the Earth, and its Resources, And its People. My American Indian part of me had a God, They just called it by a different name.They prayed as we do and others for the same things, And some different things based on the times, All the religons pray for Rain when needed, They all pray for World Peace, They all Pray for the Safe and well being of their familys. We all pray for things that we need to help US at the time. Even in War.
    I like the 10 commandments, To bad most of us cant live by them, so whoever wrote them i give a lot of credit.
    The word God is just a word meaning different things to different people of the world, yet it means the same thing, some just call it by different names.
    This is sure a hard subject.
    I dont want to change other peoples religion or beliefs, Nor do i want to have anyone change mine. But i could change if i believed it was good and right.
    We just dont seem to have much to believe in today, and our children even have less
    God or whoever bless this world and all its People.. That is those deserving.

    • http://Aol CommonSense4America

      Two thumbs up for your post.

  • Peggy Darlington

    Someonething is being missed! Suppose we had two families with chidlreen in a certain school. One family is of the Judeo-Christian belief and the other is Islamic. During one month of the year, Islamic children can go elsewhere in the school during lunch but now suppose the Judeo-Christian chidlren want to studfy their holy book and pray they’d be banned form doign thaty! What sio the difference!
    Here is what the first ammendment means. SUppose I am Presidentr of the USA and decide to start the “Church of America” like the king started the :Church of England” over a dispute with the pope due to the pope not granting the king a divorce. The USA President grants favorable treatment to the Church fo America (The Prez is the head of tthat church.) THAT would be illegal.

    If religious belief in school is wrong then why are the Islamic children allowed elsewhere but not Judeo-Christian Children?

    This is all a plot to remove the Judeo-Christian roots of the USA in favor opf Islam and Sharia Law.

    • Janice Fulbright

      I also believe that the christian who believes in jesus and a God that is real and present in the universe are being discriminated against . I believe that this country was founded on Godly principles and if someone does not like this, maybe they should go to a country that believes the way they do. I believe in freedom of choice and religion. My religion says that there is a God that created the world and that Jesus came and lived and died to save people from sin. I don’t see anything wrong with the 10 commandments. They are just good moral rules. If everyone obeyed them, we would not have the trouble we have in this world now. Please don’t discriminate against me because I believe the way I do. and have peace and joy in my heart. I pray that all of you who do not believe in God and Jesus can change your way of thinking and also have this peace and joy. It only makes .common sense to me. Thanks for allowing me to have the freedom to express the way that i also believe and may God bless the U S A. I am glad to be a citizen and be able to express my views freely.

    • http://Aol CommonSense4America

      http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=106938

      Please read if there are any questions as to how Obama thinks about religion.

  • http://frontier/yahoo keith

    some things should be left as they are good for Mr Greenwood on standing his ground!!!!!!

  • Kandi

    Lee Greenwood, you rock!!
    I get chills and tear up every time I hear that song.
    Anyone who wants to change it, feel free to move to Saudi Arabia or any other country you like, if we don’t please you here with our guns and religion. I would be glad to chip in some cash for your trip, help you pack and drive you to the airport!!!!
    Anyone else? Can I get a witness?

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    There is much controversy over displaying the Ten Commandments in public places in our country. The heart of the conflict revolves around the inclusion of Jehovah God as revealed in the Bible, in public life and policy.

    Our form of government, its laws and policies were based on the assumption that as Americans we would acknowledge God’s sovereignty and devote ourselves to Him.

    John Adams, Second President of the USA
    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” [October 11, 1798]

    America has been recognized and envied over the years for its freedom. The founding fathers never intended a freedom that would give the individual unlimited license. The freedom our founding fathers aspired to was a freedom in the context of moral standards based on the principles taught in the Bible. It is a freedom that gives us the power to do what is good and right according to a moral standard. Such freedom enables the individual person to govern himself.

    Freedom is not possible without the principles outlined in the Bible. Just after the collapse of Communism in Russia one of their education officials stated that Russia has been an example to the world that trying to build a successful society and government without God does not work.

    “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…” (Psalm 33:12).

    Charles Carroll, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
    “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure… are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” [Source: To James McHenry on November 4, 1800.]

    George Washington, First President of the USA
    “The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion” …and later: “…reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…” [Source: Farewell Address]

    Recognizing the Ten Commandments publicly is a reminder to our society that God wants to be included in the affairs of this nation. The presence of the Ten Commandments provides an opportunity for people to think about God. Ultimately, the Ten Commandments displayed in public places has the potential to lead people to an awareness of their need for Jesus Christ.

    The Ten Commandments are also part of our foundational heritage and much of our legal system is based on principles found in God’s law.

    If we are God’s creation, then aren’t His rules the ones we should recognize in order to grow a successful and healthy country?

    Noah Webster
    “The duties of men are summarily comprised in the Ten Commandments, consisting of two tables; one comprehending the duties which we owe immediately to God-the other, the duties we owe to our fellow men.”

    “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed… No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” [Source: 1828, in the preface to his American Dictionary of the English Language]

    John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the USA
    “The Law given from Sinai [The Ten Commandments] was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code.” [Source: Letters to his son. p. 61].

    James Madison, Fourth President of the USA
    “ We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all of our heart. We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity… to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]

    Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the USA
    “In regards to this great Book (the Bible), I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”

    http://godstenlaws.com/ten-commandments-america.html

  • Sondra Clark

    How does everybody feel about the temporary occupant of OUR White House completely ignoring the oath he took to the Constitution? And what about the rest of the hired help in the house & senate. Isn’t it more important that we demand they obey the law than worry about a song. Where is the most damage being done. Let’s all stand up for the Constitution by putting the one person in the White House that will restore the law. Please read “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul-then put him in the White House.

  • FEDUP!

    This is such a sad article. Shame on the people who tried to remove it.

  • James

    All of the Founding Fathers were White and Christian. The Bible was their law book. If therein, a particular act was a sin, it was enforced as a misdemeanor or felony in our criminal code. God and His law were the foundation of the United States.

  • Lois

    Allow those who desire to use the word God to do so and those who don’t want to don’t have to say God. It’s THAT simple.

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