Bellingham, MA – Today, fourth graders at Stall Brook Elementary School will be permitted to perform “God Bless the USA” at their public school assembly, because people in Bellingham, Massachusetts, and around the country stood for common sense and the children’s First Amendment rights.
Originally, teachers replaced the phrase “God Bless the USA” with “We Love the USA,” in the song written by Lee Greenwood. After parents strongly voiced their disapproval, the school pulled the song from the itinerary altogether, but that did not sit well with the parents in Bellingham. People from around the country joined together to preserve our nation’s heritage, which this song embraces, and the school administrators put the song back into the agenda.
District Superintendent Edward L. Fleury said, “Students will be allowed to sing or not sing ‘God Bless the USA.’ … No other words will be substituted.”
“This event should embolden people around the country to stand against religious intolerance, whether it is in the classroom or the workplace,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“Intimidated by the American Civil Liberties Union or Freedom From Religion Foundation, the public square is becoming a haven for religious bigotry,” Staver said. “As a nation, we are long overdue in demanding that our fundamental liberties be fully honored and protected,” he continued. “These parents refused to be pushed around, and their children’s religious rights were protected.”
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