'God Bless the USA' Replaced by Justin Bieber's 'Baby', Original Singer Reacts

June 12, 2012 04:59:01 GMT

The school principal argues that the patriotic song could 'offend other cultures,' while Lee Greenwood questions why a song about 'hope, faith, spirit and pride' could be wrong in any level.

'God Bless the USA' Replaced by Justin Bieber's 'Baby', Original Singer Reacts
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News that Justin Bieber's hit single "Baby" was played in a kindergarten graduation ceremony to replace "God Bless the USA" has reached the ears of Lee Greenwood, the man who wrote and recorded the patriotic song in 1980s. The 69-year-old singer issued a statement to condemn the school principal, Greta Hawkins, who initiated the replacement.

"I wrote 'God Bless the USA' about the love I have for this country and the struggle we have gone through to remain free," Lee said. Replying to argument that the lyrics might "offend other cultures," the singer said, "Our country was founded on the principle that it welcomes people of all cultures and gives them the same rights we have as citizens."

Despite the protest and controversy, Department of Education reportedly supported Hawkins' decision to replace the patriotic song with the Canadian pop singer's flirty track. According to New York Post, the officials agreed that "the lyrics [of God Bless the USA] are not age-appropriate."

In response, Lee said, "I feel compelled to echo the faith of our forefathers who all believed in God and a respect of a higher authority. Personally, denying the children of PS 90 to sing 'God Bless the USA' offends me as a Christian. My song is about hope, faith, spirit and pride. How could that be wrong on any level?"

Not every official, however, supported Hawkins. "When a Justin Bieber song is deemed an appropriate substitute for a song about patriotism and love of country, what message are we sending our youth?" congressman Michael Grimm asked. "It's time we stop letting our political correctness destroy our values and American traditions, and start embracing the exceptional people and cultures that make our country great."

The incident itself happened at the Edna Cohen School in Brooklyn which is filled with proud immigrants from Pakistan, Mexico and Ecuador. When Hawkins ordered the song to be cut off, both staff and parents reportedly were stunned. "A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride," said mom Luz Lozada, whose son, Daniel, is in the kindergarten.

"God Bless the USA" was sung at the school's previous events.


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posted by Proud American on Jun 26, 2012
Melly, did you read the story? The offended principle is a Jehovah Witness female. She been in trouble before using her faith to knock down other religions. This had nothing to do with other cultures, it was her opinion. Secondly, that song should never have been replace, not with Justin Bieber or any other "Pomp and Circumstance". We as Americans are losing our rights to pussy, pissy like you and the principle. So good for him? (Although it was a her) If you agree with her, perhaps you two need to pack and leave this country that I love.
posted by Mary on Jun 12, 2012
Lee Greenwood is correct!
posted by Mike on Jun 12, 2012
Melly people like you are what's wrong with America. You don't know when to say enough is enough until it is too late and OUR culture is gone.
posted by LB on Jun 12, 2012
IT's really true. America is systemically being stripped of our identity and idiots like this excuse for a Principal are why it is happening. Next thing you know celebrating the 4th of July will be "offensive" and well heck - beta change the color of our flag and rename the nation something else too because we certainly don't want to "offend" anyone. No wonder we are laughed at by other countries who BTW would NEVER tolerate or out up with such nonsense
posted by Hellbilly on Jun 12, 2012
This is disgraceful! "Might offend other cultures"!! Anyone offended by a patriotic song should get out of the USA! This principle should be made jobless for this. And to replace the song with an insignificant pop song, just pure stupidity at the highest level.
posted by Meg on Jun 12, 2012
For real?! Last I checked this IS the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If "other cultures" are "offended" at playing a patriotic song then maybe they should reconsider living here. Apparently they are not too offended to receive all of the AMERICAN perks of our citizens like education etc... Yet ANOTHER example of the dumbing down of America...

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