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September 23, 2007

Choir changes lyrics to a great patriotic song

Although I have somewhat strong political beliefs I have in the past, and will continue to keep this blog apolitical but every once in a while I come across something that I feel compelled to bring to the readers’ attention. A case in point is the Church of God Choir of Springfield, Ohio a cappella performance at the “Value Voter” convention this past week. They opened the convention of far-right religious conservatives with a rendition of “God Bless America” but changed the lyrics so instead of a song about "the land that I love," and "home sweet home," this version condemns the country, saying we've all turned against God, and that He won't bless us. It was a big hit among the conservative Republicans in the room. As a big believer in the separation of Church and State I find it appalling that such a great and patriotic song (written by Irving Berlin) is twisted to imply that America has turned its back to God because the majority does not agree with their political agenda. Imagine the outrage from right wing pundits if a liberal group had changed the lyrics to suit their political agenda. Read the changed lyrics here.

Posted by acapnews at September 23, 2007 4:07 PM


This group used their 1st amendment rights and made an excellent point about the changes in the country's morality and growing secular values. This is an opinion and setting opinion to song by changing words is common and very acceptable. You may disagree with the message, but either condemn all who modify songs like this, or admit you are just showing your political bias. The 1st amendment guarantees that Congress will make no law establishing a religion of the state. Many consider your view to be a bastardization of the obvious meaning of the amendment. Of course you are not alone in your view, but it certainly is not universally believed and definitely not sacred.

Posted by: Ralph Zazula at October 11, 2007 6:21 PM

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