Parent, Atheists Quash ‘God Bless America’ Comment ‘Immediately’

Soon after a parent filed a complaint with the help of a national atheist group, the district confirmed that it would cease and desist use of the words “God Bless America” over the loudspeaker after daily reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance - that it would stop the practice immediately. (AP photo)

Fox News – A Pennsylvania elementary school principal will no longer say “God Bless America” following the Pledge of Allegiance after the district received a legal complaint on behalf of a parent who claimed that doing so broke the law.

Peter Brigg, the principal of Sabold Elementary School in Springfield, would say the phrase after reciting the pledge over the loudspeaker. At least one parent filed a complaint to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

An attorney from the group sent a letter to the district complaining that publicly announcing the expression violated the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition of government sponsoring religious messages. “‘God Bless America’ is a prayer,” the foundation said.

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