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  posted on 6/10/2012 at 10:25 PM
I normally don't venture into the WP, but this certainly isn't AG material

This is FUBAR

School pulls patriotic song at graduation, but Justin Bieber's 'Baby' is OK
By SUSAN EDELMAN
Last Updated: 11:30 AM, June 10, 2012
Posted: 11:41 PM, June 9, 2012
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REUTERS
A Coney Island principal refused to let students sing "God Bless the USA" at a school ceremony -- but Justin Bieber's "Baby" was suitable.
A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.
Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.
Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.

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.”
But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.
She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.
“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining.
The curt edict stunned both staff and parents.
“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 kindergarten.
The song has been sung at previous school events. Last year’s fifth-graders, including another Lozada child, performed it at graduation.
“Everybody applauded and whistled,” the mom said. “They gave it a standing ovation.”
Parents — many immigrants from Pakistan, Mexico and Ecuador — “love it,” Lozada said.
A teacher agreed: “It makes them a little goosebumpy and teary-eyed. I’ve never come across anyone who felt it insulted their culture.”
Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti gave The Post an explanation staffers said they never heard — that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for 5-year-olds.
The song starts: “If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife, I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin’ here today.”
Scaperotti said the department supports the principal’s decision. “The lyrics are not age-appropriate,” she said.
But Justin Bieber’s flirty song about teen romance, “Baby,” was deemed a fine selection for the show. Hawkins had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”
The other songs: “We’re All Together Again,” popular at Scout campfires; “The World is a Rainbow,” which celebrates diversity; “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi; and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story.”
Scaperotti noted PS 90 kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing “America the Beautiful” each morning. Insiders say Hawkins tried to end that tradition a couple years ago but staff objected.
The principal, a Jehovah’s Witness, does not recite the pledge because her religion forbids followers to salute any nation’s flag. Staffers gripe she doesn’t stand in respect during the school-wide ritual.
The song uproar comes amid tensions. Hawkins has been called a tyrant and bully by some staffers.
The DOE reprimanded her in 2010 after teachers complained she called the school “racist” and declared: “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”
Scaperotti said Hawkins is being targeted by the teachers union and has received hate mail, which is under investigation by the NYPD.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 07:40 PM

here is another article with a photo of the commie:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/high-school-principal-target-racist-ran ts-article-1.1093240

 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 08:06 PM
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“We don’t want to offend other cultures,”


Right, just offend all the America loving people instead.

 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 08:24 PM
In light of some of her statements and behaviors in the past prior to this incident, perhaps she should be terminated. Maybe there's a spot for her on Michelle Obama's staff.
 

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  posted on 6/11/2012 at 08:39 PM
Do you think you get extra points for left field slams on Michelle Obama?

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 08:02 AM
I don't ever like to be offensive, myself, but this political correctness initiative being launched within our own country is fairly sickening.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 08:09 AM
I pledge allegiance to the flag
One nation, under Canada
Above Mexico
With liberty and justice for some.

 

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  posted on 6/12/2012 at 08:30 AM

As usual, the source of problems here is, as has been since humans began to speculate and wonder about the world around them, mythology. Over the centuries of enlightenment through scientific exploration, we've come to embrace reason in nearly all of our affairs. We expect facts and evidence to guide our decisions, yet too many of us cling to these myths written by men in "holy" books. We are moving in the right direction, but man is it stubbornly slow. Happy that we no longer have to endure the inquisition, witch hunts, or other atrocities for heresy to "God's" word, but we still have suicide bombers and Gay Bashers, etc.

In the case posted, we have a principle willing to subscribe to "beliefs" that prohibit patriotic sentiment. And we have a bunch of "teachers" unwilling to find a patriotic song that doesn't seek approval from some unseen deity that will favor us over all of the other hunks of land with boundaries drawn up through centuries of political and diplomatic resolutions.

So if her objection were to the use of religious symbolism in a publicly funded institution for all Americans, than I wouldn't disagree with her, although she should have made it clear long before the children rehearsed it repeatedly. But her objection seems rooted in her own mythological beliefs which conflict with those of her staff. Same old, same old......and we will keep fighting it out.

 
 


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