The principal of an elementary school in Pennsylvania has decided not to continue his tradition of ending the daily pledge of allegiance with “God bless America.”
A complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on behalf of a Sabold Elementary School student’s parent reportedly prompted Peter Brigg to make the change.
According to the complaint, leading students in the recitation is unconstitutional sponsorship of religion.
The FFRF asserted that “young elementary school children don’t need to be coerced into affirming God’s name every morning.”
After consulting with an attorney for the district, Brigg opted to forego the practice. Students acting on their own, however, will still be permitted to add it to the end of the daily pledge.
An update on the district’s website explains the decision:
Students in the Springfield School District continue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily.
Students continue to say “God Bless America” as a lawful form of self-expression after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, if they so choose.
The only change in practice is that nothing more than the Pledge of Allegiance is being recited by the administration over the public announcement system.
If you have any concerns, please contact your local legislator.