Thursday, April 19, 2012

God vs. Copyright vs. Public School Teacher... AGAIN

The previous post in this blog was about public school officials who changed a famous song, God Bless the USA, to remove the word "God." This, of course, is a violation of U.S. Copyright law. But it's also just plain silly that the school somehow believed it inappropriate to utter "God" in a public school. Our history is rich with references to God and it is clear our Founders had no intention of removing God from public life when they wrote the Constitution. (Thomas Jefferson, from whose letters we get the phrase "Separation of church and state," and who is typically regarded as one of the "least Christian" of our Founders, even approved the use of the Bible and the Watts Hymnal for practice reading in Washington, D.C. public schools.)

Now another similar issue has arisen in Albemarle County’s Broadus Wood Elementary School (Virginia). A 5th-grade school teacher wanted to use the song We Are the World in a school performance. But, apparently thinking that "God" may not be mentioned in school, she altered this line:

We are all a part of God’s great big family

so that it became this:

We are all a part of one great big family

And she dug a little deeper in verse three of the song, changing this line:

As God has shown us by turning stones to bread

to this one:

We can’t let them suffer; no we cannot turn away

One has to wonder what this same teacher would do if students were studying the Declaration of Independence. Would she change "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights" to simply say "endowed with certain inalienable rights"? Our Founders knew that if our rights come from man rather than God, then man (or a teacher) can take our rights away.

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