Student’s Right to Say ‘God Bless America’ Prevails

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A week after Liberty Counsel told the principal of Yulee High School to respect the private speech of a public school student or see us in court, Nassau County School Board has upheld the first amendment rights of the student.

Last week at the end of reading the morning announcements, the Yulee High School student said, “God bless America.” When an atheist organization complained, the school reprimanded the student instead of giving the atheists a lesson on the First Amendment.

“The phrase ‘God bless America’ is woven deeply into American history, heard from the student in the classroom to the President of the United States,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “No reasonable person can say that the phrase is an ‘establishment of religion.’ By reprimanding and punishing the student for this statement, the school practiced viewpoint discrimination,” Staver pointed out.

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