An elementary school will no longer say “God Bless America” after morning announcements, following the institution’s decision to buckle under threat of a lawsuit from activist groups.
Many parents of Sabold Elementary students are upset over the matter, who see the sudden change as a sign of anti-Christian sentiment and an attack on traditions.
“I try to instill in my kids a sense of unity and community and patriotism. That’s what I’ll continue to do with my kids,” said Suzanne Hoffman, who has two children attending the school.
According to 6ABC, the school found themselves in the sights of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which is based in Wisconsin, after at least one parent complained.
In the lawsuit, the organization argued that “the repeated recitation of a religious message in the school setting violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”
While the students are still allowed to be part of the pledge and utter the phrase if they choose, the administration will no longer be a part of it.
“Based upon the Solicitor’s legal research and recommendation, we ceased this practice,” the school said in a statement. “Continuation of any practices that may be unlawful would only expose the District to litigation, which the local taxpayers would have to financially support.”
Some see the removal of the phrase as a safe compromise.
“I think it’s the best move,” said Lirisa Schreiber, who has a daughter attending the school. There are people that are upset by it and there are people who don’t believe in God.”
Outside of the school, many locals were sad to see the school give in.
“We’re losing a lot of our rights too. People who believe in God,” said local Theresa Polegato.
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