Worldly: Albemarle County teacher deletes “God” lyric from “We Are The World”Central VirginiaCultureVirginia

By Rob Schilling, host of “The Schilling Show” on WINA Charlottesville

Within weeks of a national scandal at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham, Massachusetts—where an overzealous government school official removed “God” from Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”—a local teacher has performed her own secular exorcism on another popular song.

For an upcoming 4th and 5th grade performance at Albemarle County’s Broadus Wood Elementary School in central Virginia, music teacher, Jean Flaherty, has altered a key line from the 1985 Michael Jackson / Lionel Richie composition, “We Are The World.” In an effort to avoid offending non-believers, Flaherty overtly removed lyrical reference to “God.”

The second half of the first verse, as composed by Jackson and Richie, reads:

We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know, Love is all we need
[emphasis added]

Flaherty’s edited version changed the third line:

We are all a part of one great big family
[emphasis added]

Seeking to further shelter her students from Biblical assault, Flaherty made an additional exchange. In a semblant reference to Matthew 4:3, wherein the devil asks Jesus to prove his divinity by turning stone to bread (Jesus did not succumb), the original lyric for verse three, says:

Send them your heart so they’ll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand
[emphasis added]

Unable or unwilling to subtly alter this (somewhat convoluted) Biblical reference, Ms. Flaherty substituted a god-less verse re-written for We Are The World 25 For Haiti:

Send them your heart so they’ll know that someone cares
So their cries for help will not be in vain
We can’t let them suffer; no we cannot turn away
Right now, they need a helping hand

[emphasis added]

While instructor Flaherty reportedly has told concerned, inquiring parents that their kids are allowed to sing “God” in the modified verse if they so choose, the official lyric sheet does not reflect such an option. And, due to social/peer pressures extant in modern-day government schools, few children are likely to deviate from the rehearsed and distributed lyric in order to vocalize “God” over the suggested “one.”

Lost in the shuffle to shutter references to the Creator are the kids who actually believe that they are children of God, and for whom such blatant redaction, is itself, highly offensive.

There are many god-free alternatives that Ms. Flaherty could have chosen to emphasize the commonality of man, but in selecting a song that was too “offensive” to sing publicly without substantive modification, Flaherty has proven herself utterly tone-deaf to the sensibilities and presentiments of America’s vocal religious remnant.

Full revised lyrics as posted on Ms. Flaherty’s Music Class “homework” page:

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on
Pretending day by day
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
We are all a part of
one great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart
So they’ll know that someone cares
So their cries for help
Will not be in vain

We can’t let them suffer
No we cannot turn away
Right now, they need a helping hand

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

When you’re down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we can fall
Well, let us realize
That a change can only come
When we, stand together as one

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

(repeat)

We all need somebody that we can lean on
When you wake up look around and see that your dreams gone
When the earth quakes we’ll help you make it through the storm
When the floor breaks a magic carpet to stand on
We are the World united by love so strong
When the radio isn’t on you can hear the songs
A guided light on the dark road you’re walking on
A sign post to find the dreams you thought was gone
Someone to help you move the obstacles you stumbled on
Someone to help you rebuild after the rubble’s gone
We are the World connected by a common bond
Love- the whole planet sing it along

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we make a better day
Just you and me

Listen to We Are The World(ly), as envisioned by Jean Flaherty:

  • http://www.ricksincere.com Rick Sincere

    Rob Schilling’s original post about this story on his web site, the Schilling Show Blog, was linked by the Drudge Report, knocking his blog off line due to a sudden influx of traffic.

    I hope Bearing Drift is safe.

  • http://bearingdrift.com Brian Kirwin

    It’s racism. An insult to the words written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

  • http://www.bearingdrift.com Brian Schoeneman

    We can handle the traffic. We have before.

    It’s truly odd that anyone would find the original lyrics objectionable.

  • http://www.SchillingShow.com The Schilling Show

    Now back on the front page of Drudge Report linking here!

  • Joe E in the IE

    Nothin’ new here.

    The American Library Association has no objections when whole chapters of “The Wind in the Willows” are hacked away to avoid exposing young minds to Christian (the Christmas carol sung by the field mice in “Dolce Domum”) and pagan (Pan appears in the chapter “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”) references. Ditto for the merciless bowdlerization of the works of Mark Twain.

    Just another hallowed tradition of American education.

  • aazsi

    From one music teacher to another; This is complete INSANITY!!! If the teacher cannot respect God, it’s a sad statement on her. However, there is another important issue here; She has NO right to change lyrics of the original composer(s) of this well-known song without their consent! Educated music instructors realize the artistic license which makes songs containing religious references TOTALLY acceptable to perform in a public school. (We’re not saying that you should be conducting a prayer service here!) These “God-Phobics” are getting extreme!!!!

  • Isaac

    What right, legal, ethical, or other, does Flaherty have to change someone’s work of art? If Flaherty can do this then what would he do in an art class which required the students to reproduce one of the religious paintings? The excuse that people might be offended is bogus. One of the worst forms of tyranny is secular. You can do anything you wish, think anything you want as long as it conforms with secular culture. As long as you step out of line then you shall have the secular sword come upon you.

  • BlkJk

    So what will this `teacher’ do to Shakespeare, John Dunne or any American President? This is no `teacher,’ this fundamental aperture is nothing less than a witless censor.

  • Zorki1c

    Fire her Obama_loving, liberal derriere.

  • Zorki1c

    Fire her Obama_loving, liberal derriere.

  • Zorki1c

    Fire her Obama_loving, liberal derriere.

  • snarflerator

    Oh no! My fairy tale overlord was blasphemed! Grow up people!

  • james

    Probably not the teacher’s decision, or at least the teacher was fearful of some atheist activist suing the school. Now, if they sang about Allah…

  • SWilliams

    First off, the entire song “We are the people” should be deleted.

    Secondly, lets hope that no one posts the music teacher’s address for the gas line sabateurs to muck with.

    Third, is Bearing Drift a “republican” only concern, a Tea-driven fiscal movement, OR a social/evangelical guns/god/abortion/theGays/BirthControl/Ultrasound/ClinicHallWidths concern? Not that there’s been a distinction mind you, just want to get my bearings. Gotta love Drudge posting a whirling siren to promote this story of utmost importance.

  • http://www.newhymns.org Dave Marney

    I’m an amateur hymn writer, so every song I write has some reference to God in it. I have no problem with people altering either the music or the words during a performance. A performance belongs to the performer. You don’t need the composer’s “permission” to perform it just the way you like.

    When I’m writing a song, I try to put just the essence into the score, intentionally leaving out my own “performance”. I want to leave room for the performer.

    That said, I think intentionally writing out the word, “God” is pretty silly and should be rather embarrassing to that music teacher; it’s not like you can avoid seeing that word in our culture. You might as well try to write out the word, “love”.

  • Chris Edens

    Absolutely sickening. The original owner of this copyright should sue this teacher, school and district.

    Copyright law is very clear you cannot perform the works in public and modify it to your liking. You cannot walk up to the Mona Lisa and draw a mustache on it because you feel it would be more gender neutral and less offensive.

    Don’t even get me started on raising a generation without the “fear of GOD” in them. I just hope the people they victimize are the idiots like this teacher who feel they are entitled to re-write history. The original authors wanted these pieces to be the way they are. She has NO authority to change them and she can always choose something else.

    We look back in history at people who changed or messed with printed books and condemn them and this is no different.

  • reality

    Wonder if parents would be upset if they knew the state of Virginia has a law that requies the school to take the emergency contact info of the parent but does not require the school to contact the parent in case of emergency?

    huh?

    It’s to onerous a burden according to the VA principals Assc.

    When will you say enough?

  • hc

    One or more of the parents should make a formal complaint of discrimination against religious believers. If atheists can pretend to be offended and cause a ruckus, so can we!

  • Thought Crime

    Thought Crime

    The lyric’s were thinking “GOD” and therefore GUILTY!

    Thought Crime, it’s insidious.

  • hc

    One or more of the parents should make a formal complaint of discrimination against religious believers. If atheists can pretend to be offended and cause a ruckus, so can we!

  • reality

    Wonder if parents would be upset if they knew the state of Virginia has a law that requies the school to take the emergency contact info of the parent but does not require the school to contact the parent in case of emergency?

    huh?

    It’s to onerous a burden according to the VA principals Assc.

    When will you say enough?

  • reality

    Wonder if parents would be upset if they knew the state of Virginia has a law that requies the school to take the emergency contact info of the parent but does not require the school to contact the parent in case of emergency?

    huh?

    It’s to onerous a burden according to the VA principals Assc.

    When will you say enough?

  • ramicio

    How is this racist towards Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie?

    I guess the ’80s weren’t a secular enough time (sarcasm), so we have to alter lyrics containing “God”. The ’80s harbored so much disgusting debauchery I’m surprised it didn’t burn for it. This teacher thinks it’s assault to hear the word God, and have parables in a song? It’s an assault to have idiots like her not be mature enough to be tolerant of religion.

  • RobM

    This teacher is a Theophobe.

  • zemm

    i would have pulled my kid from that class in a second.Day by day the world gets more mental….No wonder society is a mess

  • Mandy

    As I thought, this teacher is from up north (NY,NJ, PA) is what her bio states. Virginia has been infiltrated in the past decade or so with liberal northers. They have increased their cost of living in these liberals states so they then move to Virginia and start instituting their expensive, liberal ideas into Virginia. But they want to also indoctrinate Virginia children with their screwball ideas. Go back up north where they love this garbage.

  • Deb Shilling

    Are you serious? Teachers are government employees who have to answer to many. Unfortunately the law states that there is a separation of church and state. Where were all of you when this law was passed? How can you condemn a person when you don’t even know her? If I am not mistaken, Jesus said that those of you who have not sinned may throw the first stone. Unless you have walked in the shoes of a government employee, you have no right to condemn anyone. Please, let’s not start the Salem Witch hunts all over again.

  • big papa

    I guess she wasn’t concerned, or just didn’t care about offending the Christians.

  • stc

    Violation of copyright. I hope they sue the moron who did this.

  • JJAC

    The song’s wrong anyway; God did *not* turn the stones to bread. Satan tempted Jesus to do so, and he refused.

  • Roberto

    Deb Schilling has a point (as does everyone else here, of course). But to hers: Does anyone actually know WHY the song was changed? Personal preference? State or local mandate? School policy? Please do not hang HER out to dry unless/until it is confirmed that she acted on her own and without pressure from above (the earthly “above”, that is) or some sense that she would be reprimanded for allowing “God” into a performance.

  • Scott Hill

    And just like the God BlesS the USA change this is illegal. It breaks copyright law, which states you cannot change a copyrighted lyric without permission of the owner of the song.

  • Roberto

    To “Big Papa” – The point is, she WAS concerned. Concerned enough about ‘God’ being in the song to deliberately go in and CHANGE THE WORDS!

  • Rowdy Boots

    Needless to say is the blatent disregard for copywright laws, respect for other artists works, and a total lack of integrity.

    These are the leftist mo rons that we give our children to 6 hours a day…

    PATHETIC!

    Frankly, I am offended–I guess she never thought that there might be another point of view besides the abhorrent Godless, imbeciles that run the school system.

    CREEPY

  • jimmerz

    How would the teacher feel if enough upstanding parents, wrote to the school and/or teacher and stated that they found the new lyrics offensive to them! It’s time to make a stand people, before we have no rights left.

  • Heartland Patriot

    Well, they could have chosen something a little more secular you know, a choice that would have made them feel SO much better, like, “The Internationale” (Look it up). Actually, I’m surprised these little socialist creeps don’t force kids to sing that anyway.

  • reality

    Wonder if parents would be upset if they knew the state of Virginia has a law that requies the school to take the emergency contact info of the parent but does not require the school to contact the parent in case of emergency?

    huh?

    It’s to onerous a burden according to the VA principals Assc.

    When will you say enough?

  • Ken M

    I love all the fake umbrage. Oh wait, those of you upset that this. reference was removed STILL believe the book of mythology (Bible) and in your invisible being in the sky. How precious

  • WilliamPenn

    The Communist Party does well to keep Flaherty on the payroll. They get their money’s worth.

  • Matt

    Response to Deb Shilling:
    What law? When was it passed? Can you post a link to it?

    Thought not.

  • gurusteve

    Actually, Deb Schilling, there has nevrr been a law passed by Congress that separates Church and State. And the first amendment doesn’t call for that either.

  • Discuted in Minneapolis

    I love Jackson’s work, but is this really the best out of hundreds of years of choral works to teach the children?

  • bob

    Deb,

    There is no law that states separation of church and state. Where have you been? Also the Constitution does not say anything about separation of church and state. Do your homework.

  • bob
  • ms. liberty

    I see the haters and the racists are here in force today spewing the venom they were told to repeat by Rush Limbaugh. I only wish the so-called Christians here would remember the words of their “savior” when he said “Lo, I sayeth unto you, verily, let the children singing bring gladness unto to the hearts of the multitudes”.

    Apparently the Nazi element posting here are only waiting to have Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck incite their followers to the same gun violence directed against little Trayvon Martin and other non-white, non-Christian peoples.

    The racists and white Christins need to crawl back to their AM radios and their bibles and leave the rest of us alone.

  • bob

    Ms. Liberty,

    Little Trayvon? He was non-Christian?

    I think you are sounding like the racist one.

  • Kevin Beasley

    kbeasley@ieee.org

    OK… tat for tat… let’s change ICE-T’s lyrics for ‘Cop Killer’ to ‘Cockroach Killer’… after all, we’re altering the minds of those who are too young to understand the truth… let’s just make sure that all the nigger-babys with no daddy’s know that it’s not OK to shoot cops. And, any of you fucking liberal Obamma loving Nigger shit heads can email me if you have a problem with me expressing my Constitutional right for free speech. Peace out, NIGGERS

  • Tina Ferrer, Esq.

    Bottom line here Ms. Jean Flaherty: The copyright protects the integrity of the song’s lyrics (words) and melody. The lyrics, the melody, and the fundamental character of a copyrighted song cannot be altered, or changed, in any way without the express permission of the song’s copyright owner.

    Ms. Flaherty, if you have the authorization of the estate of Michael Jackson and/or Lionel Richie, you madam are subject to a judicial event, no? Try us Ms. Flaherty…..

  • Tina Ferrer, Esq.

    Bottom line here Ms. Jean Flaherty: The copyright protects the integrity of the song’s lyrics (words) and melody. The lyrics, the melody, and the fundamental character of a copyrighted song cannot be altered, or changed, in any way without the express permission of the song’s copyright owner.

    Ms. Flaherty, if you have the authorization of the estate of Michael Jackson and/or Lionel Richie, you madam are subject to a judicial event, no? Try us Ms. Flaherty…..

  • Tina Ferrer, Esq.

    Bottom line here Ms. Jean Flaherty: The copyright protects the integrity of the song’s lyrics (words) and melody. The lyrics, the melody, and the fundamental character of a copyrighted song cannot be altered, or changed, in any way without the express permission of the song’s copyright owner.

    Ms. Flaherty, if you have the authorization of the estate of Michael Jackson and/or Lionel Richie, you madam are subject to a judicial event, no? Try us Ms. Flaherty…..

  • reality

    Is it just me or is world becoming very dark?

  • Elle

    Ms Liberty:Your own hate filled rant obscures the issue. The song was written using certain words and phrases. If this teacher was so offended or intimidated by the lyrics she should have chosen another song. She does not have the right to alter another’s product.

  • David

    Who is Jean Flaherty to change the lyrics of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and the amazing vision of Quincy Jones? Since they are all black I can only assume that she is a racist AND a religious bigot. What’s the matter? Aren’t there any atheist song writers and lyricists who have written an inspirational song about saving the world from famine and disease that she could have used instead?

  • Knews5

    I’d like to see her get sued for altering copyrighted material. That would be poetic justice!

  • http://boards.theforce.net FettFan84

    Damn liberals attempting to change the world to fit their narrowminded worldview.

    “We Are The World”, while not a song I enjoy myself, is a work of ART, and as such anyone who tampers with it is an enemy of free expression.

    What next, giving the Mona Lisa a gay pride badge on her veil?

  • Dan

    Its so damn miserable to be reminded why I hate the living hell out of these liberal types.

  • Bell

    Shame on you for cowering to the lesser among use! God is our refuge and strength.

  • http://TreeOfLifeSword@yahoo.com MC hammers

    Do these libs REALLY want to live in a world without God? It will be a world without love, you know. A world of predators and hatred. Hell is the absence of God. We need no more hell than we are already living in. Parents, fight this, just as they did in the Massachusetts case.

  • Rex Range

    This socialist’s paycheck should be edited to all zeroes. Go to hell (Siberia).

  • Chuck U. Farley

    Jean Flaherty likes the black-cock!

  • screwy 88

    Let’s delete Jean Flaherty’s teacher pension.

  • SeanOfAlbemarle

    For Northerners who don’t know, Charlottesville/Albemarle county is like the Amherst, MA or San Fransisco of the South (oh, sorry Liberal elitists – of the Mid Atlantic)…

  • picomnning

    This is called Progressive Liberal License!
    If you disagree then vote against Progressive Liberals or shut the hell up!

  • picomnning

    This is called Progressive Liberal License!
    If you disagree then vote against Progressive Liberals or shut the hell up!

  • Mike

    Instead, she prefers to offend the other half of America and the writers with her own ignorance and bigotry.

  • Tired of Liberals

    I love how atheistic/agnostic Libnuts cry about the intolerance of Conservatives, then turn around in true sycophantic fashion, demonstrate their own extreme intolerance by forcing their own extremist beliefs upon the masses! These bastions of ‘tolerance’ seek to change religious customs and traditions which have been handed down for generations and whose roots go back thousands of years, simply to suit their own selfish views and beliefs! If they don’t like a song which references the Lord then instead of bastardizing a beautiful song like “We Are The World”, they should come up with their own song or better yet, go somewhere else, like a true workers paradise (Red China)! Their atheistic humanist beliefs would find a friendlier audience there, instead of causing problems with people here who like and respect the Christian and other religious traditions handed down by the forefathers of this great country! Face it, Christian conservatives will never be in agreement with Leftist Liberals and their atheist/humanist beliefs and lack of morality! Nothing good will come from the Libs attempting to force their beliefs or lack of, upon those who believe the opposite except further division and hostility! The Conservatives will never back down on their core beliefs and if the Libs persist in trying to force those beliefs out, then unfortunately, we are headed for a Civil War and possible Balkanization of the US, once all the posturing is said and done? Dark times ahead…….

  • Sean in AZ

    Another !diotic libtard strikes again. It’s just never going to end, is it?

  • DeputyMarshal

    Oh for Christ sake… Shut up with the talk of firing and or suing someone. So the teacher is a dim bulb! No surprise there. Teachers like journalist dont become those things to Teach or Report. They do it to make the world a better place. Now you and I know that a crock of excretia. But these endless cries to FIRE someone because they are stupid enough to buy into the PC crap is anti American. We can’t fire everyone who offends us! The whole country would be unemployed and penniless due to summary judgements in courts. It is a shame that in a world full of so many dangerously pointed objects so many of us have the skin of a rubber balloon. If you feel the need to call for someone’s firing or execution over something this miniscule just shut UP! Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt!

  • Dave

    Why does any God fearing American have their children in a public school?

    This is another example of failed leadership in Christian families and churches. Get your kids out of the public schools today.

  • Anonymous

    When you right wing A HOLES have Kevin Beasley and Chuck u farley leading your political discourse with their comments,your credibility is pretty much shot.Thank you SO MUCH for teaching me christian, civil to debate an issue.Stay classy bible thumpers.

  • Rich McCann

    For over 70 years, the far left liberals and atheists have been slowly chipping away at the belief in God, in the United States. Thanks to the internet, people are being informed within hours of actions of those who attempt to subvert beliefs held by our forefathers and probably 90& of present American citizens. When will the righteous people of this country make a stand, against those who propose a Godless country and those who believe in a socialistic or communist form of government here in the United States. This so called teacher is either a complete idiot for what she did or someone who does not believe that people have a right to believe in God. Whatever she is, she should definitly be a made a unemployed teacher. Fire her now!

  • Illini_Steve

    We can only imagine what she could accomplish with a scaffolding and a paint brush at St. peter’s Basilica.

  • Lorne

    Another elite who CANNOT UNDERSTAND NORMAL THINKING

  • Joey O

    I’m not an over the top Christian but I am getting sick and tired of Christians being discriminated against at every turn. Our country was founded by men who believed in God and included his name in the various documents that they created as the guidelines for our democracy. I don’t want those references removed because is changes the culture of this country from one with a strong religious base to one with only a secular base.

    We seem to have much more concern for Allah instead of reinforcing the Judeo-Christian culture on which our country was built.

    “Under God” belongs in our culture. Let’s start fighting to keep it there.

  • Fred R Flinstonee

    But it’s OK for Public Schools to teach kids it’s normal for two men to hump each other in the butt and adopt a kid. Sick Public Schools.

  • Steve

    Much better revision of the lyrics. More realistic since a God doesn’t exist anyway…

  • http://stacyharris.com Stacy Harris

    The action is an overreaction to be sure. But the reality is that the relevant verse is not one of the best-recalled by fans of the song- most of whom haven’t listened to the full version for a long time, if at all.

    So this is much ado about nothing.

  • Bill_B50

    This is proof positive that the Communists have taken over the teachers Unions and filled our schools with Communists.
    Destruction of religion and banning GOD is the most import first task of Marxist Communism.

  • daniel lewis

    It is lamentable that this teacher would find the name of God so offensive that the mere utterance constituted an unspeakable “crossing the line” of acceptable speech. Perhaps the weary excuse of seperation of church and state is the motivating factor, however there is clearly a hostile assault on people of faith and the one name that dare not be invoked, Jesus the Christ.

  • Joe Marquez

    Just another mindless minion trying to indoctrinate our sweet little rugrats. Spank her. HARD!

  • Roberto

    Amen DeputyMarshall and Joey O! Reason, not mob rule should prevail. It’s no doubt this issue is a sad testament to the current mentality in our school administrations and yes, we do need to fight to maintain our cultural heritage (a rich AND diverse one!), but let’s not hang one person (the teacher) out to dry for being a product of her environment and maybe even having acted under duress or at least “social pressure” in her workplace. Instead, lets hold responsible those who either made her (or made her feel the need) to do this !

    People, speak up!!! But please, do not come with torches and pitchforks after a music teacher who is just following suit with the rest of the school system. SHOW YOU CARE with intelligent and reasonable mail. Better yet, showing up with your vocal support would be even better!

  • Roberto
  • Danny Eller

    Deb Shilling April 18, 2012 18:56 pm Said, “Are you serious? Teachers are government employees who have to answer to many. Unfortunately the law states that there is a separation of church and state. Where were all of you when this law was passed?”

    Could you please explain WHEN and HOW a LAW called “Separation of Church and State” was passed???

    When you get tired looking you’ll know it HASN’T BEEN PASSED. THERE IS NO LAW SAYING SUCH.

    It is only a bastardization of the 1st Amendment’s “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

    What is true about the First Amendment is that it was to PROTECT RELIGION FROM GOVERNMENT not the other way around. that is also why it states “Prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

    This was a direct result of Great Britain’s establishment of the Church of England and then prohibiting and persecuting those that practiced other religions.

    Again… it is clear to anyone that reads the constitution and the supporting Federalist Papers that the 1st Amendment to the Constitution was not to eradicate religion from the public domain to include our schools and government, it was to protect Religious Freedom FROM GOVERNMENT.

  • http://yahoo.com daveh

    Read “The Law” by Bastiat – 1750 Frenchman who’s words are so true today it is scary. Instead of the law protecting people’s rights/property, we have turned the law around to ‘spread the wealth’, give the vote to people too stupid to think for themselves, so we; the Legislators can make the decisions for them. It is about 58 pages, so only “idiots” will read the whole thing. Congress and the Supreme Court won’t read the Health Care Bill – uh, do i have to?

  • Danny Eller

    Roberto April 19, 2012 01:48am said, “but let’s not hang one person (the teacher) out to dry for being a product of her environment and maybe even having acted under duress or at least “social pressure” in her workplace.”

    Roberto, Please see how that excuse “I was just following orders” worked out in our world’s fairly recent history. If she is actually smart enough to be a teacher she should have known better. And since she is apparently not smart enough she should no longer be called a teacher.

  • Scott Hill

    Which is illegal btw

  • ToR

    Its rather sad to see Bearing Drift infiltrated by hate mongers and ill-informed copyright lawyer wannabees. This type of discourse doesn’t have a place in our society and I would have expected the editors of this blog to utilize their common sense comment policy to bring civility and humanity into this obviously heated discussion.

    Needless to say, I don’t want to hear anyone complain about me not revealing my identity when this site has a “Guest Post” and doesn’t reveal its author.

  • Christo

    Good for her.
    She’s found a way for everyone to participate in a song about coming together without offending anyone’s beliefs.

    Shame on you all for finding nothing but hatred.

  • Mike

    Blatant racism. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should move their protesting road show to decry this abomination. The President should state that the teacher acted stupidly. Eric Holder should immediately commence federal hate crimes and civil rights investigations. The copyright holder should sue for bastardizing their material.

    There’s more than one way to combat the unceasing attempts to establish Secular Humanism as the national religion.

  • leonard613

    good for that brave teacher. hopefully you “good” christians don’t turn your cheek now to “hang” that courageous soul.

    now let’s get your imaginary god out of the pledge of allegiance, congressional invocations, of our our coinage and currency as our constitution intended!

    we’d all be better off without reinforcing theocracy in america.

  • Nate k

    Damned if she did, and damned if she didn’t. This is the society we live in. Unfortunetly, God is dead to America. But Judge not in this situation. In my opinion this was a harmless edit to avoid a huge controversy, that got turned into a controversy, i say Look at the context, Like trying to edit God bless America? What would be the point of the song? That would be wrong and unacceptable. At that point you choose a different song.

  • Trudge

    “We are the World” isn’t a title that reflects Christianity anyway.

  • http://hogwhitman.com Hog Whitman

    Communists hate the word “God”. They simply can’t stand the competition. That’s why the words “under God” were inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance by Congress in 1952. No true commie could repeat that line.

    Still works pretty good today!

  • Steve

    Please fire this teacher and replace the song with the original or another song. Are they charging for tickets by any chance? If so they are well positioned for a copyright lawsuit. A Federal First Ammendment suit looks promising as well by inhibiting free exercise of religion. These left wing zealots need to be punished and forcefully, publicly.

  • http://drudge greg gowen

    By avoiding religion they feel less guilty having sex with the students.

  • Big Bear

    Well, Christians, you will continue to get this treatment by the liberals until you fight back.

    I don’t advocate Muslim tactics. No beheading necessary. Just scorn, silent treatment, non-association. When you see a liberal, turn your head and spit. Glare at them and hiss: “Enemy mine!” Boycott liberal businesses, do not buy from advertisers who support liberal propaganda.

    Eventually, this will lead to a breakup of the country, which is the best thing that can happen. The libs can have their own real estate, the rest of us can have ours. Civil disobedience of liberal laws is also a must, with the direct threat of it becoming very UNCIVIL if they persist.

  • student1776

    This willingness to alter the words of the artists in the name of secularizing the culture is just unconscionable. Perhaps they can excise the deity from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution next. When do these creeps stop?

  • gringgrong

    God doesn’t exist.

  • Crosscut

    Secular progressive Democrats now dominate American academia. They can’t be purged out of the public school system but they must always be challenged and exposed when they pull this kind of b.s.

  • MJ

    So they teach the children its OK to rewrite, publish and perform someone else’s work?

    No wonder kids have no problem (or guilt) downloading pirated music huh?

  • Jeff

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I will definitely be sending a letter of support for this teacher and hope that my friends will all do the same.

    The delusions of others shouldn’t control what is taught in school. Brain wash your own children, at home, where it belongs.

  • dsayne

    I’m shocked! “We are the World” is one of the sacred liberal songs, second only to “Imagine”! We all know the reference to “god” in this song is really the “god” in all of us.

  • joe

    The teacher was allegedly worried about offending unbelievers.

    Why was the teacher not concerned with offending believers?

  • Morris

    Ms. Liberty….I have to compliment you on a most appropriate choice of your alias. With enough bitter, hateful fools such as yourself, we’ll all soon enough be Ms.ing our liberty!

  • gregg

    so much for anyone with an opinion different than this facist teacher…

    hey lady
    GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD
    *and he says – you keep believing they’re’s no god you
    hethan cause wow are you gonna be disappointed about that when you die…

  • D Parrish

    Deb Schilling-there is no such law as separation of church and state. You have swallowed the liberal and atheist lie like so many thousands like you. Too bad your lack of constitutional knowledge paints you as a sheep willing to accept the lies of others. The constitution states there is to be no recognized state religion. This means that you must adhere to the teachings of one religion be it Judaism, Christainanity, Islam, Buddhism, etc. The singing of a song in a school function is hardly establishing a state sponsered religion. According to you the Harry Hannakuh song sung on Saturday Night Live many years ago would establish a state religion if sung by elementary kids. I am being too charitable-you are a real dope. You are blithely encouraging falsehoods in your ill conceived pc do-gooder brain. I am 61 yrs old and I have seen pc shatter the 1st amendment for decades. I have nothing but contempt for your ilk.

  • Jsmith

    There’s something seriously wrong with this teacher.

  • Gary K

    There are some people who are so internally angry and feel that their own biases justifies every action where they seek out and remove all reference to God in our society. It’s their own personal battle and it is justified to make decisions for all other people because of their own prejudice and bias. They scream that they have rights yet no one else does. This teacher should be dismissed but we all know that won’t happen in today’s society. The song is but one thing you can guarantee you that it will be the pledge of allegiance or other more serious, attempts to rewrite our nations history to make it meet this persons sanitized version that they can personally live with. Never mind the truth for the truth no longer matters.

  • Texan

    For all of you sheeple who want to erase all references of God from American life: please go form your own country. The most basic understanding of history clearly shows that the First Amendment’s prohibition of the federal government establishing a state religion is not equivalent to a Godless society. By whining about being offended by things you profess to not believe in (victim complex much?), your superior “tolerant” approach essentially seeks to establish Secular Humanism as the state religion. Grow up, quit whining, believe whatever you like, and let others do the same.

  • TampaJeff

    The copyright holders should go after this moron, the school administration and the county government and squeeze hard until the libs in the jurisdiction are bleeding dollars for lawyers and damages. The libs got to where they are by seizing control of the government–now hold them accountable.

  • TampaJeff

    The copyright holders should go after this moron, the school administration and the county government and squeeze hard until the libs in the jurisdiction are bleeding dollars for lawyers and damages. The libs got to where they are by seizing control of the government–now hold them accountable.

  • TampaJeff

    The copyright holders should go after this militant atheist ideologue, her union the school administration and the county government and squeeze hard until the libs in the jurisdiction are bleeding dollars for lawyers and damages. The libs got to where they are by seizing control of the government–now hold them accountable.

  • TampaJeff

    The copyright holders should go after this moron, the school administration and the county government and squeeze hard until the libs in the jurisdiction are bleeding dollars for lawyers and damages. The libs got to where they are by seizing control of the government–now hold them accountable.

  • jmr

    This is not a Christian nation. The United States has no national religion. We also have the right to freedom FROM religion. If you want evangelical evil, send your kids to some sort of unaccredited private, psycho Bible school in the Midwest. But if you send your kids to public school, leave your religious indoctrination at your house and don’t let your kids bother other kids (who will actually have a chance of doing something with their lives) with religious nonsense.

  • Joanie

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.

  • screwy

    “ow let’s get your imaginary god out of the pledge of allegiance, congressional invocations, of our our coinage and currency as our constitution intended!

    we’d all be better off without reinforcing theocracy in america.”"

    I love it when Atheists are such Zealots. I don’t consider myself religious..I’m not the type that pushes creationism in schools. But ripping any mention of God out of songs and money is insane. What’s next you want to change the lyrics to “Stairway to Heaven” Greatest song ever written.

    Atheist zealots get offended over even symbolic mentions of God or anything supernatural. I hope a massive Creche drops from the sky and kills you.. Take some effing metamucil.

  • Veggie Dude

    If you want your kids to be taught “god” every day, send them to a religious school. Otherwise, keep it out of our public schools. It’s that easy!

  • albert rinaldi

    We see our educators trying to create a godless/unspiritual world for our children while in class. We wonder why our society has become more violent?We also wonder why our level of education has dropped to 34th in the world. We need to eliminate Federal education as it is poison to our kids.

  • http://drudge bill

    I think the kids singing The Battle Hymn Of The Republic would result in a coronary.

  • http://drudge bill

    I think the kids singing The Battle Hymn Of The Republic would result in a coronary.

  • Isaac

    @jmr
    Obviously, debating the issues your brought up would be fruitless since you are unable to read and understand the original material presented. (If I were to take up your ideas, it would be far too easy to destroy most of your arguments, but why bother.) For your sake, read and learn. That teacher is not trying to instruct the class about about a religious issue. The teacher is not trying to teach the class about some moral issue. If you feel that is the case then I would suggest you look at every song that you or your children listen to. Furthermore, if the word God is in the song, why does your liberal logic automatically jump to the Christian God? Or, do you feel that the late Mr. Jackson was Christian? I am sure that most Jehovah’s Witnesses would say they are Christian, but I can assure you that most Christians would say they are not. Surely, you understand this point. If not, then in summary, to a Christian, God, by definition, is quite specific. So, do not jump to your perverse, ignorant, conclusions. I could go on, but why bother. Like most liberals, you are not interested in the truth. Secular tyranny is your game and then you accuse the other when it does not suit your worldview. You are blind to this crazy game you play. By the way, secular tyranny could come back and haunt us all. You see, it has no principles other than that of power. Think about it!

  • screwy

    “If you want your kids to be taught “god” every day, send them to a religious school. Otherwise, keep it out of our public schools. It’s that easy!”

    I think being taught about different religions is important and useful. Spirituality has inspired everything from science, art and music. Einstein said..”he wanted to know the thoughts of God.” Not that he believed in a Christian God but he certainly wasn’t a secular zealot afraid of the mere mention.

    When you become as insane about erasing God as those who are insane about promoting God, you lose all credibility.
    … just a horse of a different color.

  • John

    It’s a good thing that she does not teach history. She would probably rewrite the words, “they are endowed by their creator” from the Declaration of Independence.

    If this women was so offended by the reference to God in this song, then should have chosen another song. By choosing to use this song but changing only the references to God, SHE turned this into a religious issue. Every Christian has a right to be outraged.

  • stonedome

    notice these humanists only do this in a protected setting, they are all cowards individually…”because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” communism = atheism. humanist agenda is man = god. all good little comrades doing their part because this is their last shot…God told us that this must happen.

  • http://bearingdrift.com/2012/04/18/worldly-albemarle-county-teacher-deletes-god-lyric-from-we-are-the-world/ Martee

    Who gave that teacher the right to be DICTATOR???
    Where are the parents of these pupils??? Have they let THEIR OPINIONS been heard???

    With all of the raunchiness being thrown at our children by the media we can only pray the parents are offsetting and being heard to counter balance and speak up when tyrannical teachers, media…and presidents, take their power too far!!!!

    THIS TEACHER HAS BROKEN THE BOUNDARY BY INFLICTING HER BIASES ONTO HER STUDENTS.
    AND…THEREIN IS THE PROBLEM WE’RE FACING IN THIS COUNTRY.

    TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS, WITH POWER OVER THEIR STUDENTS, WHO DEPEND ON THEM FOR KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO SURVIVE IN THIS WORLD….HAVE INSTEAD INTERJECTED AND INFLICTED THEIR!!!BIASED, WARPED, DESTRUCTFUL AND NOW, FOUND TO BE BANKRUPT, IDEAS!!!
    THEY HAVE UNDERMINED!!! RATHER THAN ALLOWED!!!OPEN
    and CRUDISCUSSIONS …………………ON ANY SUBJECT!!!!!

    HER TYRANNICAL APPROACH HERE WAS WRONG-HEADED AND A FORMAL COMPLAINT SHOULD BE FORTHCOMING FROM THE PARENTS OF THAT SCHOOL…IF WE WANT TO REGAIN CONTROL OVER THE DIRECTION THIS COUNTRY IS GOING NOW…OVER THE CLIFF!!!!!

    OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN DESERVE BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Idiot Teacher

    “While instructor Flaherty reportedly has told concerned, inquiring parents that their kids are allowed to sing “God” in the modified verse if they so choose, the official lyric sheet does not reflect such an option.”

    Why didn’t she teach the kids the actual lyrics, and tell any kids who are offended the the word GOD that THEY can use a modified verse???

    If this “teacher” feels using a song with the word GOD in it may offend someone…

    Use a different song.

  • twoiron

    Go get ‘em, Rob. The “freedom from religion crowd” is making trouble for all of us who love our Heavenly Father and the Maker of heaven and earth. Wish ignoring them would make just go away, but the only thing that works is praying they will just go away. Plus, an added benefit is that it makes them furious to know that we are praying about them. P-T-L!

  • Bildad

    Ms Liberty (ms. liberty April 18, 2012 20:52 pm) you have got to be kidding. Are you always this stupid? I hate racism as well, but you are one of the racists, too, LOL. What a joke.

  • Gene

    The performance of this song publicly by the school with altered lyrics could be a copyright infringement. If the owner of the copyright permits schools to perform it for academic and non-profit purposes, this license likely would not extend to the version with different lyrics.

    This teacher’s secular zeal could expose her school district to substantial monetary liability.

  • JohnF

    What a tempest over nothing. If the children of Christian parents don’t have enough religion in their lives, it’s only the fault of the parents, not the government or the school system. People are free to practice whatever religion they would like to, but it needs to end when they walk out the door of the church or their house. Please bring your moral values with you, but leave your proselytizing at home.

    Freedom of speech ends at my ears. The only difference between a Christian and an atheist is the atheist doesn’t follow any of the 2,000 different religions of the world. Christians don’t follow 1,999 of them and need to remember that the other 1,999 don’t really want to hear from them as well as the atheist.

  • John

    Where is the school administration? Who does this women think she is?
    If she were working for the Government then maybe she could get on the Bama wagon and try to change the Constitution. She should just try to teach the kids something worthwhile instead of pushing her opinions on them. GOD BLESS THE USA.

  • whodat1

    Freedom of religion is NOT Freedom from religion.

  • Alan

    Setting aside the religious aspect, over which reasonable persons may disagree: This was a terrible example for a teacher to set regarding respect for intellectual property. One of the major purposes of copyright is to protect creators of original works from having modifications of their works, made by other persons, attributed to themselves…either by name or by extreme similarity. In this form, NOT “fair use”!!

  • Anonymous

    Someone like music teacher Jean Flaherty needs to be seriously punished and then educated on what an evil political correctness is. I’m assuming it’s about her bowing to political correctness, not that she hates God though that could be the case. You don’t have to be religious to know you don’t hack up a song, a story, a book, a movie, etc. just because it hurts the poor little feelings of some people that need to buck-up and grow a spine. They need to adapt upwards with the rest of us otherwise the rest of us have to adapt downwards to the lowest denominator of society and that’s wrong.

  • Richard

    Nobody seems to care that Atheistic views are being pushed in school everyday on Christian teachers and students. Ironically, there is about 80 percent Christians in the USA, and the 15 percent who don’t believe in God is ruling our society. Something is really wrong.

  • Richard

    Nobody seems to care that Atheistic views are being pushed in school everyday on Christian teachers and students. Ironically, there is about 80 percent Christians in the USA, and the 15 percent who don’t believe in God is ruling our society. Something is really wrong.

  • Richard

    Nobody seems to care that Atheistic views are being pushed in school everyday on Christian teachers and students. Ironically, there is about 80 percent Christians in the USA, and the 15 percent who don’t believe in God is ruling our society. Something is really wrong.

  • Richard

    Nobody seems to care that Atheistic views are being pushed in school everyday on Christian teachers and students. Ironically, there is about 80 percent Christians in the USA, and the 15 percent who don’t believe in God is ruling our society. Something is really wrong.

  • JonInVa

    We all know the situation – either the teacher is a flaming liberal atheist who uses his position to further indoctrinate our kids. Or, more likely, he’s a coward who is afraid that one parent or some 8 year old will claim Church/State separation abuse and cause trouble. It’s a sh*tty world we live in where a song must be changed to accomodate or else avoid a lawsuit. Might as well change the Declaration, Constitution or any other official documents of our history to remove any reference to God, Creator, Providence, etc.

  • Eric Thompson

    It is sad that Ms. Flahtery teaches children it is ok to be GodAPhobic and chooses to alter others’ copyrighted materials to fit her Atheistic world view. What about tolerance for those who do believe?

  • http://tracesofevil.com Keir

    Hurrah for the teacher who is protecting our kids from religious mumbo-jumbo and indoctrination. The whole point of education is to remove scales from learners’ eyes and make them valuable and productive members of society here in reality.

  • Danny Eller

    Christo April 19, 2012 02:39 am said, “Good for her. She’s found a way for everyone to participate in a song about coming together without offending anyone’s beliefs. Shame on you all for finding nothing but hatred.

    =========

    Christo, If she really wanted to not offend everyone she would have picked a song that was good for everyone rather than pick one and then change it to suit her twisted ideology. If her REAL objective was n to to offend then she would have picked a different song… RIGHT???

    It is VERY obvious that the hatred is not coming from those that disagree with teachers indoctrinating our children AGAINST our wishes or even knowledge with their liberal anti-God ideology, PERIOD.

  • http://bearingdrift John McCarthy

    Deb Shilling,the “law” does not say a thing about a separation of church and state, The first amendment states that the federal government shall not establish a religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof. Separation of church and state comes from a letter wriiten by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. I’m not sure how children singing this song as originally written somehow establishes a Church of The United States and requires everyone,by law, to attend.

  • Maya Ayala

    Bottom line: Liberals HATE the very thought of God and anyone who doesn’t join them in their hatred. Moreover, they only “tolerate” themselves and those who agree with their leftist views.

  • NoOin2012

    Beware the marxist are everywhere

  • neworleansann

    Who is she to censor God from the song? Pure insanity from people who are only supposed to teach our children, not indoctrinate.

  • DJH

    Deb Shilling said
    “Are you serious? Teachers are government employees who have to answer to many. Unfortunately the law states that there is a separation of church and state. Where were all of you when this law was passed?”

    I’ll try not to attack your brash ignorance but first and foremost – it’s not a law, it’s a Constitutional amendment, secondly no where does it mandate a separation of church and state. It clearly states, in plain English that Congress cannot adopt an ‘official’ state religion – in other words, the gov’t can’t force you to ‘worship’ any God.

    Funny, our Constitution and Bill of Rights were written in such a way as to protect the ‘minority’ from the tyranny of the ‘majority’ – thanks to idiot liberals and mindless politicians it’s the ‘majority’ who need protection from the tyranny, hate and intolerance of the ‘minority’.

  • Tina

    I mean, It’s Charlottesville. I’m not at all surprised. I live in C’ville and I have never seen so many liberal bumper stickers in my life. It’s just a bunch of rich people who feel as if they know what is right for everyone because, you know, only rich liberals know how to raise children, eat properly, or be civilized. Just succumb to them and you’ll get by just fine in Charlottesville.

  • DJH

    Can someone explain to me when ‘not being offended’ became the law of the land. This is exactly why nothing is getting fixed – some dunder whines about being offended and everyone jumps through hoops. The problem is over and over again the majority of Americans are being ‘offended’ but that doesn’t seem to matter.

  • Shawn

    This is just as bad as when that 7-UP Salesman changed the lyrics of Imagine at the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York. You know when he said all religions true instead of and no religion too. (You know Jesus is the Savior, Christians, Jesus not the savior, Jews, but both true. Only a religious person could understand that logic.) It’s wrong to change the lyrics either way, if you don’t like the song as written don’t pick it or agree to sing it on national T.V. Can I get an Amen from my Christian brothers, do we all agree both were wrong. Or are we hypocrites?

  • http://Drudge New Caanan CT Independent

    Fire the *itch with prejudice.

    There is no pseudo-intellectual rationalization or justification for this that is anything other than politically contaminated psycho-babble.

    This isn’t even political correctness, it’s clearly the tyranny of personal cultural beliefs and the will of an adult being inflicted on other people’s children……………without the knowledge or consent of those people.

    Again, fire the *itch with prejudice.

    And vote the Pantload in the WH that she almost certainly sees as god-like out of office in November.

  • JJ

    It’s garbage like this that caused me to pull my 2 children out of public school. They’re in a small, lovely Christian school now and they’re better kids for it. I wish I had done it sooner.

  • http://Drudge Mike In California

    Stumbled across your site and I’m pleased to have done so. I was born and raised in Alexandria and I’ve always considered myself American by birth, Virginian by the Grace of God. Having lived in the peoples republic of california for over 40 years has only cemented that belief. We must, at all costs, stand united at the polls in November. I personally don’t believe America’s social fabric can withstand another 4 years of the current administration.

  • John

    snarflerator, you don’t find it objectionable to censor art/music/literature? Should we be burning Shakespeare, The Catcher in the Rye, Mark Twain in order to purge dissent and radical ideas such as Christianity from our “pure, secular society”? Fascism is never the answer.

  • http://www.notesforramey.blogspot.com tnmccoy

    There’s a special place in hell for these people who continually deny God and His presence in everything. Apparently, she’s frightened of a few Atheists and non-religious people. She’s a sad excuse for a ‘teacher.’ What she’s prominent in teaching is asinine pcism.

  • http://www.notesforramey.blogspot.com tnmccoy

    To Deb Shilling at 1856 on April 18th: You’re wrong on many levels. Most importanly, there is no law or passage in the Constitution requiring a separation of Church and State. The Founders were only interested in preventing a law establishing a State Religion. That’s it. The various religions in the Country should be left alone, since none is trying to be the State Religion. And remember, Islam is not a religion but a violent cult. So, you separationists, should go back and get properly educated.

  • http://www.notesforramey.blogspot.com tnmccoy

    To Ms. April 18, 2052: You are a vicious and asinine commenter. There’s little if any hate and racism here. I couldn’t find them. Rush Limbaugh is not a hater or racist, and he never tells people to such things. I saw no NAZI [a socialist group] comments, and Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck do not spew or condone hate and violence. Little Trayvon was over six feet tall, and he attacked the neighborhood watchman. What we as people need, is for people like you to crawl away and leave our sanity alone.

    What I’ve seen here is the usual crop of Atheists who spend their time debasing and insulting Christians, God, and the Bible. Perhaps if they actually read the Bible, they wouldn’t be saying such things. Christianity is a good thing for civilization, but it does interfere with your hedonistic lifestyle. No responsibility or concern for others or compassion for your fellow Americans who don’t want people like you dictating to the rest of us.

  • breanna

    I wonder how she would feel if GOD “deleted” her from the Book of Life?

  • screwy

    “I mean, It’s Charlottesville. I’m not at all surprised. I live in C’ville and I have never seen so many liberal bumper stickers”

    Ha.. they’re all JErsEY scum. They’re liberals who have helped jack up the property taxes in Jersey so high that they can’t afford their homes..so they move to NC and now they’re mucking up your State.

  • reality

    funny how so become believers when near death.

    Talk to a hospice nurse about the difference in the dying and death of a believer vs a none believer.

    UGLY….

  • http://genelalor.com berlet98

    Progressive Education Malpractice

    The sorry state of education in America has been documented ad nauseum in this space as have numerous stories of male and female teachers who have sexually violated underaged students. Other less sensational but almost equally disturbing activities are going on in Amerca’s schools and also demand attention.

    Many public schools and school districts have been taken over by so-called progressives who have undermined the primary purposes of education by focusing on creating a false sense of self-esteem in students, accenting diversity and multiculturalism over teaching, and hiring liberal nicompoops.

    The results have been failing schools, failing students, and declining standards and the situation is getting worse.

    Out on the Left Coast, that bastion of unreconstructed liberalism, the Los Angeles United School District, where dropout rates average 20.3%, is considering a smoke and mirrors change in graduation requirements. (http://cbsloc.al/HZx3Kv)

    Under the proposed changes, by 2016 all LA public high school students would be required to take and complete “advanced courses” including a third year of math plus two years of a foreign language with a minimum grade of “C” if they want to graduate and to prepare them for college-level courses, all admirable new standards but flawed even if they are implemented as proposed.

    The fly in the education ointment is that under the plan, high schoolers would only be required to take 170 education units instead of the current 230 thereby reducing their course load by a whopping 26%.

    The effective consequence of the innovations is that kids will learn significantly less and taxpayers will get less bang for their tax bucks while the LAUFSD can boast it is modernizing curriculum and discouraging dropouts.

    The probabilities are that course standards will be lowered to assure students attain the coveted “C” grade and the dropout rate won’t be measurably reduced since failing, semi-literate kids still won’t be able to meet any challenging standards.

    Meanwhile, Virginia music teacher Jean Flaherty is making a progressive stand for diversity and against old-fashioned, non-politically correct values and beliefs. Ms. Flaherty has taken it upon herself to delete God. . . (Read more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=21932.)

  • William Bailey

    I’m sure happy you all have resolved all the important issues in our country and now have time to focus on one teacher and one song… Jobs for everyone!!! Thank you. LOL

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