No to "God Bless the USA"


The principal of PS 90 in Coney Island, New York said the students will not be allowed to perform Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" during their kindergarten graduation ceremony for fear of offending other cultures.

Principal Greta Hawkins heard the children rehearsing one day and told teachers to drop the song, explaining, "We don't want to offend other cultures." The principal's decision has caused some disagreement among parents and other teachers.

The mother of one of the students, Luz Lozada, said, "A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride," adding, that another one of her children -- a fifth-grader -- sang the same title last year to an applauding crowd that gave the performance a standing ovation.

A school teacher chimed in, "I've never come across anyone who felt it insulted their culture." The students will instead perform Justin Bieber's "Baby."