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Monday, April 9, 2012

School Neuters Song "God Bless The USA"

A jealous god continues to succeed in displacing
Another:
Parents at a Massachusetts elementary school are furious after educators first removed the word 'God' from the popular Lee Greenwood song, "God Bless the U.S.A." and then pulled the song all together from an upcoming concert.

Fox 25 in Boston is reporting that children at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham were told to sing, "We love the U.S.A." instead of "God Bless the U.S.A."

Greenwood released a statement to Fox News condemning the school's actions.

An online poll taken by the television station indicated more than 80 percent of viewers were outraged by removing God from the song.

"I don't have a problem with the song if somebody else does I guess it's their business," resident Patrick Grudier said. "I mean It's on our currency (God)."

But not everyone agreed - including parent Matthew Cote.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with changing the song," he told the television. "It's a public school. If you want to have the word God in the song, go to a private school."
It is fitting that mere mention of Yahweh is being proscribed by a public school, a facility that is itself a functional Sunday school of sorts for the Church of Leftist Sec-Humanism (I'll call this institution CLaSH for short). The difference in these types of "Sunday schools"--sectarian and so-called secular--is that, instead of churning out new little Christian and Catholic and Mormon and Orthodox acolytes, these taxpayer-funded CLaSH churches mint new congregants for the State's faith in, well, the State's houses of worship. To the tune of 3M annually. And as one cannot simultaneously serve God and Mammon, a church cannot support two competing gods. One or the other must go, and in this case, with CLaSH ascendant and Christianity on the wane, another symbol of the Christian faith takes a hike.

While I do mourn the continuing cleansing of Yahweh from the fabric of public life by an increasingly godless people, for I think it bodes significant ill for our country, I do not oppose it. In fact, I am at the point where that not only do not oppose it, I now welcome it. And I pray that it accelerates. For the Christian God long ago stopped being America's god, and the sooner that American Christians and Christians around the world are disabused of the surprisingly resilient notion that America is "Christian", the sooner that the name "Christian" is not linked to the manifest evils that the CLaSH congregation wreaks at home and around the world. Put another way, continuing insistence on the part of American Christians that America is a Christian nation ends up slandering Christianity in the eyes of non-Christian foreigners. Better to clear up the misconception by conceding the obvious--that America is at best post-Christian and we Christians are a minority in the country we founded, and let the CLaSH take responsibility for the fruits of its moral system.

I for one am tired of having my faith, which I take seriously, confused for that of the nominal Christians, atheists, and pagans that presently occupy the seats of power and influence in the United States. It is as if my car, which had a Jesus fish sticker on the trunk lid (it doesn't IRL, but bear with me here), was carjacked at gunpoint and I kidnapped by a gang of heathen hooligans, who went on to careen around on the interstate, cut people off in traffic, flip other drivers the bird, and commit more than a couple hit-and-runs. Some spectators, noting the fish sticker, would likely conclude that such a vehicle were piloted by a Christian. Moreover, these observers may extrapolate from such individual incident(s) to be characteristic of Christians in general, when in truth the vehicular misconduct was committed by an unbeliever and I, jammed in the backseat between two armed heathens enjoying their moment of reckless bravado, was relatively powerless to intervene.

Such is the situation today in our post-Christian society, and the sooner American Christians stop claiming that America is a Christian country when it obviously is not, the better it will be for the Christian brand.

4 comments:

Professor Hale said...

I suppose it hadn't occured to anyone to question why school children are even still doing these pointless entertainment events. They are not being used to celebrate religious holidays. So just cut them from teh schedule entirely and use the time to catch up on the Spanish in academic performance.

Unlike dead authors, Lee Greenwood can be reached by telephone and we can ask him how he wanted the words in the song to go. If the school doesn't like it, they can write their own damn song.

Elusive Wapiti said...

"I suppose it hadn't occured to anyone to question why school children are even still doing these pointless entertainment events"

I dunno. Perhaps as a way to justify their waning arts budgets? Civic religion died long ago..things such as this are merely the echo.

Carnivore said...

Yes, indeedy - the songs "God Bless America" and "God Bless the USA" beg the question - why should He? What has the nation as a whole done to deserve His blessing?

Swamiji sri selvam siddhar said...

fabulous article..

commander selvam siddhar