An elementary school in Massachusetts has an assembly scheduled for next week to celebrate American history and they wanted to have the kids sing the single worst song ever made, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA (yes, even worse than that damn theme from Titanic). But they were going to change the words to “I love the USA” and that led parents to complain, which led the school to pull the song completely:
Following outrage from parents; a changed version of “God Bless the USA” has been pulled from an upcoming school assembly concert…
In a statement from Stall Brook Elementary school, they said they hope to “maintain the focus on the original objective of sharing students’ knowledge of the U.S. States, and because of logistics, will not include any songs.”
But that led to even more complaints, including from Greenwood himself, who otherwise only seems to surface when there’s a war starting. And naturally, Fox News is throwing a fit over it.
Greenwood released a statement to Fox News condemning the school’s actions.
“The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word God, which is also in the title ‘God Bless The USA,” Greenwood 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, which I of course, would have said you can’t change the lyrics at all or any part of the song.”
Greenwood said 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 into our country.” He said it’s also played at every naturalization ceremony behind the national anthem.
“If the song is good enough to be played and performed in its original setting under those circumstances, it surely should be good enough for our children,” Greenwood said.
ZOMG! The horrors! And now after the second round of complaints, the school has again changed its mind and will now allow kids to sing the song in the original version if they want.
The superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools released a statement Wednesday stating that students will now be allowed to sing or not sing “God Bless the USA” during an upcoming assembly at Stall Brook Elementary School.
“Political correctness is certainly a consideration in the public sector,” Superintendent Edward Fleury wrote in a statement posted on the district’s website.
“Students will be allowed to sing or not sing the words ‘God Bless the USA’ as they sing in celebration of their acquired knowledge,” he said. “No other words will be substituted.”
Fleury said there was no intent to be disrespectful and “we believe the use of the word god is acceptable in patriotic songs.”
Following is the full statement:
“Political correctness is certainly a consideration in the public sector. There are traditional parts of our culture that are sacred, and we certainly had no intent to disrespect any part of that culture. The intent of the planned event is to celebrate the knowledge gained by fourth grade students studying the 50 states in a school event with their parents next week. The students will be singing two songs at the assembly. One will be a song about the 50 states, and the other will be “God Bless the USA.” 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.”
The only real problem in this situation is that the school is going to subject those poor kids to such a godawful song. That’s cruel — but all too usual. In the meantime, allow me to point and laugh at the morons and their pseudo-patriotic fervor.