Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’ Banned from School’s Graduation [VIDEO/POLL]
Did you hear about the school in Brooklyn, PS 90 Edna Cohen, that decided to pull Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song, “God Bless The USA,” from the school’s kindergarten graduation because it’s not “age appropriate?” Really? Personally, I think it’s despicable! City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is standing behind Principal Greta Hawkins’ controversial decision to pull the patriotic song that was scheduled to be performed at a kindergarten graduation.
Here is what the New York Post reported the Chancellor said about the situation:
It’s her judgment to make that decision,” Walcott said. “It’s important to reinforce that they start out the morning every day of the school year with the Pledge of Allegiance and ‘America the Beautiful,’ and that, to me, is what this country is about, and they celebrate that, and that’s how we should start our day. You have to really wonder about some of the lyrics in the song, so I have to rely on the principal’s judgment along that line.”
Here is the verse from the song that they feel is “not age appropriate” from the tune’s opening verse:
“If tomorrow all the things were gone/I’d worked for all my life/And I had to start again/with just my children and my wife.”
But a Justin Bieber song that deals with teenage romance, “Baby” is still on the song list to played at the graduation. People, I feel like I’m losing my mind.
Have we become so de-sensitized that we are making such stupid decisions and some think it’s OK?
When Lee Greenwood learned of the situation here is what he had to say:
“I wrote “God Bless the USA” about the love I have for this country and the struggle we have gone through to remain free. Our country was founded on the principle that it welcomes people of all cultures and gives them the same rights we have as citizens. However, I feel compelled to echo the faith or our forefathers who all believed in God and a respect of a higher authority. Personally, denying the children of PS 90 to sing “God Bless the USA,” offends me as a Christian. My song is about hope, faith, spirit and pride. How could that be wrong on any level?”
Amen, Lee Greenwood. Well you know how feel. I want to know how you feel.