A new video that shows elementary school kids in New Jersey learning songs praising President Obama for his "great accomplishments" is making conservatives, religious leaders, and The Christian Commentator (yes, me!) very annoyed today.
CBS and Fox News report that students at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School have written songs about the president and one video even shows them singing their song to the tune of "Jesus Loves Me". The video was posted on the Drudge Report and hundreds of angry comments from readers across the country came pouring in. What do you think? Is this just an example of innocent school kids honoring their president or is it indoctrination on the part of the school district for allowing it to happen?
As far as this writer is concerned it's an attempt to indoctrinate school children into a belief system that supports the idea that the president is some type of God.
The fact that the melody of the song is the same as "Jesus Loves Me" makes this incident even more reprehensible. I didn't think we were allowed to use religious music in our schools? Is it somehow ok if we allow our children to insert praise for the president where the praise for God used to be? OUTRAGEOUS!
Mr. President you need to stop this. You have provided us commentary on everything from the Kanye West incident at the Video Music Awards, to your picks for the best team in the NBA, but when little children are "worshipping" you, you remain silent. Whatever your religious belief or practice, anyone with an ounce of common sense would stop this. It is inappropriate and cannot be taken as a compliment by anyone who doesn't view themselves as a God. The children aren't the problem. Those who refuse to stop this, are.
Please show some respect sir. You've asked that we to do the same for you, and I believe we should comply with your request. That being said, millions of us value our religious heritage and political freedoms and we don't want our children politically indoctrinated (one way or the other) when we send them to school. It's bad enough that our text books don't teach the "true" history of America, and it's bad enough that our Christian freedom of speech is being taken away. But, allowing kids to sing a song to you, that is considered a mockery by so many, is just simply too far over the top.