Country star Lee Greenwood is in good company.
Now Greenwood’s “God Bless the US”‘ and teen idol Justin Bieber’s “Baby” have been booted from New York PS 90′s kindergarden graduation on June 20.
Bieber hasn’t responded to the snub, because he’s performing in Mexico, but Greenwood is PO’d because principal Greta Hawkins reportedly claimed Greenwood’s song was offensive to some cultures and religions.
“I wrote ‘God Bless the USA’ about the love I have for this country and the struggle we have gone through to remain free,” Greenwood says in a statement provided to RumorFix.
“Our country was founded on the principle that it welcomes people of all cultures and gives them the same rights we have as citizens. However, I feel compelled to echo the faith or our forefathers who all believed in God and a respect of a higher authority. Personally, denying the children of PS 90 to sing ‘God Bless the USA,’ offends me as a Christian. My song is about hope, faith, spirit and pride. How could that be wrong on any level?” he says.
Greenwood isn’t alone, Hawkins has received hate mail. But, the elementary school principal’s decisions are being supported by the NY Chancellor.