PC Cop Alert: Justin Bieber or God Bless the USA?

OK. The Prez opined Friday that the private sector is doing fine. So with the economy now back on track [note: LOL], I can stop fretting about the millions who are unemployed, have given up looking for a job, or who are under-employed. Actually, that frees up a lot of time and mental storage space.

So I’ll fret about political correctness. And I’ll admit that I am warming to the notion that not everyone should be required to sit through an Xmas program in a public school. Less sympathetic these days to those who want to ban students from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

But some of this PC crap is really ridiculous. Here’s an example, “Controversial principal yanks patriotic song from kindergarten graduation“:

Greta Hawkins, the principal of the Edna Cohen School in Brooklyn, New York, told students they could not sing the Lee Greenwood classic, “God Bless the USA,” at their moving-up ceremony, the New York Post reported late Saturday.

According to Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti, Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for 5-year-olds.  While the patriotic song has been banned, the Post notes that “Justin Bieber’s flirty song about teen romance, ‘Baby,’ was deemed a fine selection for the show.”

“Hawkins,” the Post notes, “had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, ‘Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.’”

Scaperotti said the Department supports Hawkins’ decision.

“The lyrics are not age-appropriate,” she told the Post.

Hawkins’ decision to ban the patriotic song has sparked controversy at a school the Post says is “filled with proud immigrants.”

According to the Post:

Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for freedom.”

Hawkins interrupted a rehearsal and ordered the CD shut off.  She then told teachers to drop the song.

“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” she reportedly said.

Staff and parents were stunned at her edict.

“A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride,” Luz Lozada said.  Her son, Daniel, is a kindergartener at the school.

Wow. “A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely…”

Bet even Justin Bieber couldn’t argue with that.

By the way, Fox News was all over this while I was chasing the treadmill belt early this a.m. Expect some major league soul-searching on the part of New York school officials today.


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