School Stops Saying ‘God Bless America’ Because It’s ‘OFFENSIVE’
For over ten years in the wake of 9/11, Glenview Elementary School in New Jersey has a made a tradition of the students starting their day out by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on the playground and ending it in “God bless America” as a way to honor all those that perished on September 1, 2001. The ACLU filed a formal complaint and the school folded just like that. The principal sent a letter to parents informing them that the practice of saying “God bless America” would be discontinued per the school administrators:
“The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from not only favoring one religion over another, but also from promoting religion over non-religion,” he wrote in a letter to the school district’s attorney. “The greatest care must be taken to avoid the appearance of governmental endorsement in schools, especially elementary schools, given the impressionable age of the children under the school’s care and authority.”
From Fox News:
For more than a decade boys and girls at Glenview Elementary School would start the day by gathering on the playground to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The children of Haddon Heights, New Jersey would conclude their patriotic service by saying “God bless America.”
It was a tradition birthed by two kindergarten teachers in the aftermath of the Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 – a way to honor those who lost their lives on that terrible day.
But that tradition ended Monday – thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.
The school’s principal sent a letter to parents advising them that “the Administration has decided to discontinue the official endorsement of reciting ‘God bless America’ at the end of the morning Pledge of Allegiance.’”
ACLU-NJ legal director Ed Barocas said reciting the phrase “God bless America” is unconstitutional, the Courier-Post reports.
Principal Sam Sassano contends that “God bless America” has nothing to do with religion and that this is just wrong. “It wasn’t taught with any intention of having any type of religious overtones,” the principal said. “It was taught to show patriotism.” Well, we can’t have that, now can we? The school district is behind this because they fear a costly lawsuit. In other words, extortion works. The ACLU is all over removing “God bless America,” but they are totally cool with the Islamic Shahada being recited in our schools. Go figure. “Budgets across the state of New Jersey are very tight,” the principal said. “We have to be very cautious how we spend taxpayer funds. The amount of legal fees to fight something like this in court could really break a budget.” So, your principles are to be had so cheaply are they? It’s so easy to put patriotism on a budget… a price tag on integrity. “I’m very, very upset about this,” said Debi Krezel, the parent of a sixth-grader. “Being a daughter, a sister, niece and cousin of veterans and first responders – (as well as) an American and a taxpayer – why are my rights and my child’s rights being taken away?” Because they can Debi… it’s as simple as that. They hate God and America and therefore our schools must be cleansed of all references to either one. As long as we take money for our schools from the government, they will control us like this. Get your kids out of the public school system as fast as you can.
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