Is God under attack in Massachusetts? This is a question that some of the state's residents may be asking after the Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham removed the word "God" from Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the U.S.A." The song was reportedly changed to, "We love the U.S.A." Then, following outrage, the school pulled the song all together from a fourth-grade assembly.
FOX News' Todd Starnes has more:
After parents started complaining, school officials removed the song from the school assembly concert. The school’s principal released a statement to Fox 25 stating they hope to "maintain the focus on the original objective of sharing students’ knowledge of the U.S. States, and because of logistics, will not include any songs."
Greenwood released a statement to Fox News condemning the school’s actions.
“The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word God, which is also in the title ‘God Bless The USA,” Greenwood said. “Maybe the school should have asked the parents their thoughts before changing the lyrics to the song. They could have even asked the writer of the song, which I of course, would have said you can’t change the lyrics at all or any part of the song.”
Greenwood went on to say that "we can’t take God out of the song, we can’t take God out of The Pledge of Allegiance, we can’t take God off of the American currency." The songwriter made it more than clear that he opposed the change and would have never authorized it.
Parents, too, are reacting fervently. While the most boisterous voices seem to be outraged by the development, some parents have voiced agreement with the decision.
"I don’t have a problem with the song if somebody else does I guess it’s their business," local resident Patrick Grudier said. "I mean, it’s on our currency (God)."
However, parent Matthew Cote disagrees.
"I don’t think there’s anything wrong with changing the song," he said. "It’s a public school. If you want to have the word God in the song, go to a private school."
This isn't the only "God" battle brewing in the state. As The Blaze reported in February, an atheist couple in Acton, Massachusetts, are suing a local school district and claiming that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance with the words “under God” discriminates against their children.
(H/T: FOX News)