‘God Bless America’ Gets Student in Trouble


How many times do you hear someone else say something that you find offensive, but you ignore it and just go on with your life? I hear things every day on the news, watching TV, in the movies, watching sports and just being in public around people, that I find offensive. But I generally don’t go crying and whining to everyone because someone else offended me.

When the Founding Fathers framed the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, they understood far better than we do today, the importance of free speech. In their day, no one was allowed to say anything negative or derogatory against Great Britain or the King. The British had imposed a number of restrictions of what the colonists could and could not talk about. Freedom was one of them as that was deemed to be an act of treason to the Crown.

So why do homosexuals and atheists get so upset whenever anyone says anything they don’t like? They instantly started stamping their feet and crying like a child throwing a temper tantrum. They also run to complain to the authorities that their feelings were hurt.

When I was growing up, we were always told that words can’t hurt you and to just ignore them. Today, if you are a Christian or a conservative and you say anything that hurts the feelings or offends a homosexual or atheist, you find yourself in trouble. No one is telling homosexuals and atheists that words can’t hurt you. Instead Christians and conservatives are told that they can’t use their God and nation honoring words, regardless of their First Amendment right to free speech.

Case in point is an incident that took place at Yulee High School about 25 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. A student was giving the morning announcements over the school PA system. At the conclusion of the announcements, the student said:

“God bless America, keep us safe.”

Wouldn’t you know it that there were two intolerant atheist students at the school who reacted as if their ears had been badly burned by the horrible words they heard. The atheist students were so incensed that they didn’t even bother to complain to school officials. Instead, they cried straight to the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a branch of the American Humanist Association, who reacted quickly, sending a letter to the school district and the principal of the high school. The letter read in part:

“It is inappropriate and unlawful for a public school to start the school day with an official statement over the intercom stating, ‘God Bless America,’ for such a statement affirms God-belief, validates a theistic worldview and is invidious toward atheists and other nonbelievers.”

“The daily validation of the religious views of God-believers resigns atheists to second-class citizens. Because attendance is mandatory, the students have no way of avoiding this daily message either.”

Instead of defending the First Amendment rights of the student who did the announcements that day, the school came down on him for deviating from an approved script. Sharyl Wood, a spokeswoman for the school district stated:

“It wasn’t part of the scripted morning announcements. The principal took the appropriate steps in speaking with the student and disciplining the student.”

Natasha Drake, Principal of Yulee High School, responded to the humanists via letter, which read:

“Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I want to point out that the statement “God Bless America, keep us safe” that was made last week on the morning announcements was not approved by school Administration nor was it in the scripted announcements. The student on his own accord made the statement. I have called the student in this morning and directed him that at no time is he to add or take away from announcements that have been pre-approved and that if he did it again, he would no longer have the privilege of making the morning announcements. I am disappointed that the students who filed the complaint did not do so with me first, as I would have addressed it immediately. Once again, thank you for bringing this concern to my attention. It is our desire and intention to respect the beliefs and constitutional freedoms of all our students at Yulee High School.”

What a bald faced lie!!! Our constitutional freedoms guarantee us the freedom of speech which includes being free to invoke God’s blessing on our nation. Yet, intolerant atheists, who demand that we be tolerant of them, have worked hard to strip Christians of their constitutional freedom of speech. They are striving to muzzle us like one does with a barking dog to silence them. They’ve been successful because Christians have not stood up to defend their rights and just allowed atheists and homosexuals to trample all over them.

They claim to be offended by hearing such an announcement, but no one seems to care that Christians are offended when they are told they can’t invoke that name of God or Jesus. Our offense means nothing. Unless Christians start taking a stand for their constitutional and religious rights, we will lose them all. Even if it means being stoned to death like Stephen in Acts 7, or face a firing squad like many Christians have done over the years in Muslim and communist controlled nations, we must stand up for God, Jesus and our right to publicly ask God to bless our nation.

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