School changes course again, puts 'God' back in song
WYKK Boston radio host Michael Graham weighs in
- Duration 4:06
- Date Apr 5, 2012
WYKK Boston radio host Michael Graham weighs in
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Well we have a god bless the USA alert for you now -- Massachusetts.
Elementary school touched off a firestorm.
When students were asked to saying.
We love the US say instead of god bless the USA.
At an upcoming school concert.
When the parents started to complain the school pulled the song from the show altogether.
But -- to go.
This musical drama took a dramatic new twist drum roll please as we get the update from radio talk show host Michael Graham -- Boston's WTKK.
96 point nine.
Mike also now what.
I think it's amazing because this time yesterday the message -- would be.
Absolutely unacceptable for children -- -- you know who -- the you know what at this concert and is suddenly today the to protect their schools and Bellingham which is about fifteen minutes of my house.
As announced that absolutely fine to present -- -- big.
It was eight never meant it to be disrespectful by pulling all the music.
Is so here's what academic and the kids themselves the fourth graders can choose let up there wanna say the words god and bless when they sing the song -- stand there and Malkin not seeing them that's missile they're their solutions.
Did somebody come to them and complained that the children we're gonna go and and save the words that our president says.
Every time he signs off.
Speech that did some recall and say we object our children -- god bless the USA.
That's the most disturbing part of this this is -- three censorship no one complained it was and I I -- my show yesterday afternoon when the story broke.
-- people calling a compelling him no one could find anybody who was bothered by the song god bless the USA it appears and in effect be a -- to the -- statement quote political correctness is certainly a consideration I think.
Well we had -- happening particularly in in the far left Massachusetts.
Is that people they censor themselves that they hit.
-- are giving offense that they wanted to give me tips to be offended they just go ahead.
And stop the activity take way to find insult everybody -- before and let's get to get a bad.
So now now the compromise after the out after the outrage over this is not that isn't the first they said forget it not singing that song but I think it no don't yeah I killed my first they went to the kids proactively -- -- saying it.
We love the USA don't sing god bless the USA -- parents got upset and others got upset that I said forget -- we're -- that song.
Now in response of the average they got on -- -- can sing a song but we're gonna alert all the fourth graders so the little 89 year old currently wrestling with.
I don't I don't feel comfortable god bless the USA how can I haven't let those words coming out of my mouth but they've gone back to the Michael as I understand that the superintendent -- statement and said.
You will be allowed to see it or not -- Jack -- really difficult words.
And that I have a third grade daughter -- -- It would never occur to her to be bothered or not bothered -- singing god bless the USA and -- to go to some.
-- -- because they just -- -- that article for real thing -- you know I was a music major in college and we would -- I don't I don't even -- apologies were we saying a special song written to commemorate the Holocaust was written by Jewish composer to be performed at Jewish ceremony.
We provided -- -- reportedly saying it and it was as someone else's state but it was a beautiful music if it's part of singing people learned music from across faith traditions and cultural traditions.
Didn't did but the problem is.
The people were paranoid about political correctness about think it might say the words but -- affirming -- I'm gonna switch my religion -- minutes -- evangelizing are campaigning for rips into warmer something I don't get this paranoia.
Well I mean I think I think you know children of atheists and otherwise are usually told by the parents you can saying you cannot -- -- -- you get to a word that you know you don't believe in like god -- a whatever.
You can do it you cannot do it should children Michael -- doubt others -- make -- make these challenges.
But it's interesting that the initial response was no one's gonna -- those words period.
And it's an -- -- that they couldn't find anyone who was upset in the first place but.
They live -- -- care trigger up here we forget what I think Patrick stay where the school near Bellingham they're accused gets his paddock they'd -- oh Green Day yeah it's.
-- we talk about that too Michael thank you thank you so much taking your thoughts on it following a Twitter.
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