Details from Springfield, Pennsylvania:
Students at Sabold Elementary School will no longer proclaim “God bless America” every morning — and the change is drawing some national attention.
Each morning Principal Peter Brigg used the public address system to lead the children in the Pledge of Allegiance, which conforms to state law. He followed that by saying “God bless America,” which has become a Sabold custom for several years.
As students recited the pledge, they were inclined, but not compelled, to say the phrase as well. At least one parent took exception to this practice and contacted the Freedom from Religion Foundation, making a case it violated a portion of the First Amendment.
Line continued citing various case law and theoretical reasons to support this position. It concluded by stating, “Sabold Elementary School’s practice of proclaiming ‘God Bless America’ each day must cease immediately. Please inform us in writing of the actions you are taking to remedy this constitutional violation so that we may inform our complainant.”