School stops saying 'God Bless America' after ACLU threat

by Todd Starnes / Fox News, Guest Columnist |
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HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J. (Christian Examiner) -- For more than a decade boys and girls at Glenview Elementary School would start the day by gathering on the playground to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The children of Haddon Heights, New Jersey would conclude their patriotic service by saying "God bless America."

It was a tradition birthed by two kindergarten teachers in the aftermath of the Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 – a way to honor those who lost their lives on that terrible day.

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But that tradition ended Monday – thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

The school's principal sent a letter to parents advising them that "the Administration has decided to discontinue the official endorsement of reciting 'God bless America' at the end of the morning Pledge of Allegiance.'"

ACLU-NJ legal director Ed Barocas said reciting the phrase "God bless America" is unconstitutional, the Courier-Post reports.