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NYC Principal Says No to Students Singing 'God Bless the USA'

Grumpy Senior Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 3:28 PM
Greta Hawkins has no mental wherewithall to be the principal of a school. What about our first amendment rights? Read the Declaration of Independence -- "that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..." Greta, why don't you take a trip to Whasington and observe all the inscriptions invoking God carved in stone everywhere. If you can't have God in your beliefs, then you cannot accept the Constitution for it is based on the presence of a Supreme Being.
Willis8 Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 3:42 PM
You are completely wrong. The constitution specifically and expressly prohibits governemtn-funded instiuttions from supporting any religion, or, mroe specific to your posts, from endorsing Christianity as some de-factos tstate religion. Our mighty constitution COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR on the issue. Read it again.
gwharpo Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 4:17 PM
The schools are funded by the TAXPAYERS. The government funds NOTHING.
Chuck249 Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 2:17 AM
No, you are the one who is completely wrong. The Constitution does not expressly prohibit government-funded institutions from supporting any religion, nor does it specifically prohibit the endorsement of Christianity. The Constitution merely prohibits government from establishing a particular religion as the only religion to be worshipped. There is nothing in the Constitution prohibiting the government from supporting religion. To the contrary, the government is prohibited from infringing on the right to worship freely, as we choose. You're right, however, that the Constitution couldn't be more clear on this issue. However,, you are the one who should read the Constitution, again. There is no such thing as a "separation of church and state.

Depending on who you ask, the song 'God Bless the USA' by Lee Greenwood has been banned from one school's graduation because 1)it would offend other cultures or 2)the lyrics are too adult for the kids.

The New York Post says this:

Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.

Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion...

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