By Kate Edwards, Young America's Foundation
It seems implausible that adults would yell at kindergarten
children singing "God Bless the USA" outside a public school,
right? Except yesterday in Coney Island, NY, that is exactly what
Young children singing Lee Greenwood's hit "God Bless the USA"
were drowned out by angry adults who told the organizers of the
event that they were going to "burn in hell."
The controversy began earlier this month when Principal Greta
Hawkins of Public School 90 decided to pull "God Bless the USA"
from a kindergarten "moving up" ceremony, replacing it with Justin
Bieber's "Baby." Instead of the 6 to 7 year olds singing lines such
as "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free,"
they would now be singing the age-inappropriate lines "She had me
going crazy, oh I was starstruck, she woke me up daily, don't need
The principal's reason for the change in songs? She "didn't want
to offend other cultures."
In response to this outrageous decision, Congressman Bob Turner
and members of his staff organized students who wished to sing "God
Bless the USA" outside the school. Protestors, heckling the
children before they even began singing, drowned out the patriotic
words of the song, yelling "It's ridiculous! It's sad, sad, sad.
Y'all are going to burn in hell! You all burn in hell! Shame on
you! Shame on you!"
After the children finished singing, they began to chant "USA!
USA! USA!", but it failed to quiet the protestors.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh commented on the event, stating "A
bunch of [liberal] adults show up to heckle them. 'You are all
gonna burn in hell! Burn in hell!' That was the reaction to kids
singing 'God Bless the USA.' Why in the world would that make
anybody mad? And the fact that it does tells us a whole lot."
So we must ask ourselves, what does this story tell us and how
do we react? Why is it "offensive" to sing proudly of those who
risk their lives to protect our freedoms? When a Justin Beiber hit
single about teenage romance is deemed more culturally acceptable
than "God Bless the USA," we know it is time for a change; the type
of change that doesn't apologize for American values, but allows
our children to be openly proud of this great nation.
You can be a part of this change by starting a Young Americans for Freedom chapter on your college campus. For more information,
email Kate Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could also
attend the National Conservative Student Conference in Washington,
D.C. this summer, where you will meet like-minded patriots from
across the country, hear prominent conservative speakers and learn
strategies to help further conservatism at your school.
God bless the USA!