Parents at a Massachusetts elementary school were left fuming after teachers removed the word ‘God’ from the Lee Greenwood song ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ – then pulled it from a school concert when they complained.
Children at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham were reportedly told to sing ‘We love the U.S.A.’ instead of ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ – the original title of the popular country song.
When parents expressed surprise and anger at the decision, school officials decided to remove the song from a school assembly concert.
Under fire: Stall Brook Elementary School has angered parents by removing the word ‘God’ from the Lee Greenwood song ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’
The school’s principal told news channel Fox 25 they hoped 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’.
Singer Lee Greenwood, who first released ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ in 1984, issued a statement to Fox News condemning the school’s behaviour.
He said: ‘The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word God, which is also in the title “God Bless The USA”.