Remember the school in New Jersey, B. Bernice Young Elementary School, where the kids sang a song praising the President of the United States? Some people were outraged. Today they decided to protest.
The protesters were “reportedly affiliated with Glenn Beck’s ’9/12 Project’ and the ‘tea party’ groups,” according to RawStory and other sources. Regardless of their affiliations, one thing was clear — they don’t like President Obama, and they feel that having children sing a song praising him is tantamount to “political indoctrination.”
In 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a group of school children sang the following to First Lady Laura Bush on the White House lawn, during the annual Easter Egg Roll:
Our country’s stood beside us
People have sent us aid.
Katrina could not stop us, our hopes will never fade.
Congress, Bush and FEMA
People across our land
Together have come to rebuild us and we join them hand-in-hand!
Did anyone protest then? Nope.
On a report I just saw on WPIX 11 Local News, some of the protesters were calling for the principal of the school to be reassigend. “Education Not Indoctrination” was one of the signs they held. Chants of “Shame on you” rang out.
WPIX reporter Peter Thorne pointed out that the song was sung at the school in February, and at that time, parents were given a copy of the lyrics. No one complained. It wasn’t until a video showed up on YouTube that anyone even noticed. Thorne says at the end of his report quotes a parent of one of the children at the school as saying that the protesters are the ones “trying to push a political agenda, not those singing students.” He points out that the windows of the school were covered with brown paper so that the young kids (kindergarten to 2nd grade) wouldn’t be distacted by the “commotion.” “They’re pawns,” says anchor Jim Watkins. “Yes they are,” replied Thorne, “in a political brawl.” (Cue light local anchorperson chuckling.)
What I find increasingly amazing about what comes out of the mouth of Glenn Beck and his supporters is the level of hypocrisy and the willingness to ignore anything that doesn’t fit into whatever point they are trying to make. If anyone questions the protesters, the reply is “we will not be silenced! You’re trying to silence us!” In the WPIX report, a protester says “The Bible says cry aloud and spare not! That’s what it says in this book!” (Sorry I don’t have the video; if it gets posted on WPIX.com I’ll add it here.) But if you have a right to express yourself, don’t we have the same right? Or is it only OK to speak out if we agree with you?
For the record, no one is saying that people don’t have the right to protest. But at an elementary school? Really? You may have the right to do it. But that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.