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Pennsylvania Principal Forced to Stop Saying ‘God Bless America’

A district in Pennsylvania has prohibited an elementary school principal from saying ‘God Bless America’ after the Pledge of Allegiance, following a single parental complaint on the practice.

Peter Brigg, the principal at Sabold Elementary School, had made a practice of saying the phrase as part of his morning routine for several years.

A parent at the school somehow took offense to Brigg’s patriotic statement, filing a complaint with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“When a public school regularly proclaims, ‘God bless America,’ it sends a message to its students that the school is endorsing and compelling belief in God,” the group wrote in a letter.

They argued it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution

School Caves

The district caved almost immediately.

“Sabold Elementary School has ceased its practice of announcing the slogan, ‘God bless America’ over the loudspeaker immediately following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance,” a district attorney wrote in response. “None of the schools in the School District currently engages in this practice.”

 

Way to teach your kids how free speech can be trampled on by the hurt feelings of one person. That, and how to cave in on your own principles (pun intended).

Atheists Rejoice!

“We’re gratified,” the godless group boasted. “Young elementary school children don’t need to be coerced into affirming God’s name every morning.”

Actually thinking a common phrase is a way to coerce children into religion is a prime example of how the education system has failed people, particularly members of this group.

Will the principal also be banned from saying ‘God bless you’ to sneezing students with the concern that he might be coercing them into affirming God?

Perhaps we shouldn’t give them any ideas. This is, after all, the same group who targeted a high school football coach in Georgia for praying with his team.

Students and fans alike – by the hundreds – responded to that effort by praying for the coach. Let’s hope the students at Sabold Elementary respond in a similar fashion.

The district writes that they “[have] not prohibited students from deciding on their own, as their own form of self-expression, whether or not to state the words, ‘God Bless America.'”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • One FRIGGING parent objected,and every body sticks their head in the sand! SMFH! Dad's grow some balls, moms, grow some ovaries!. Fight back!. YOU are the MAJORITY!
    You have GOD on your side. If you don't acknowledge GOD, why should HE acknowledge you?

  • One person. ONE person and you fold like a cheap card table. Shame on you!. When did this school district lose it's spine? Here's what you're teach these students: if you whine loud enough, you'll get your way. This is why more and more students are being home-schooled.

  • One person. ONE person and you fold like a cheap card table. Shame on you!. When did this school district lose it's spine? Here's what you're teach these students: if you whine loud enough, you'll get your way. This is why more and more students are being home-schooled.

  • Play Kate Smith's version of God Bless America over the school's P. A. system. This is just a history lesson that many have forgotten.

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