Recently, "Freedom from Religion" was able to block opening prayer at Sissonville High School games. This time, they are joining the ACLU to block the National Anthem -- but high school football isn't their 'end game'. "Freedom from Religion" founder G.D. Les Moran explains, "The national anthem is full of references to 'God', violence and war. It's time America distances ourselves from ancient fables that a Creator endowed us with 'inalienable rights' of 'life, liberty, and happiness'. And it's regrettable that this great nation was born via blood and war, but if we had been around we would have fought the war and any mention of God in our founding documents. We would have gladly sued Thomas Jefferson and all the signers to remove all such language. We would have pulled Francis Scott Key into court for his inflammatory song glorifying war and suggesting that God was on our side. What does that even mean?"
Several parents and students are fighting mad about the changes. "This is going too far. First, they block Sissonville High School from praying before their game [LINK], now this. What's next? Remove "In God We Trust" from our currency?"
The first verse of the national anthem is often the only thing most hear, but the verse that brings the most objection is starting be song more at Tea Party Rallies and local sporting events:
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand, Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
The pregame playing of the Star Spangled Banner will be replaced by a song chosen by the Winfield High School Parent / Teacher Association, "Born in the USA". "Some may be offended and think it was a song chosen to protest the ruling. Let them," said PTA spokesman, Mrs. Kesmi Azz.
Celebrity, Miley Cyrus has volunteered her services to write a new anthem for America -- one that respects all views, expect religion and violence. "We need a national anthem about love. All love is equal and I wanna write a song that celebrates that. It should be about friendships and love, and ...love ...and stuff." Over the years, several other singers and songwriters have tried to write a new anthem.
President Barack Hussein Obama has repeatedly shown a reluctance to placing his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem. He has gone on record as saying he would support changing the ancient song with one more uplifting, like "I'd Like to Teach the World To Sing."