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Albemarle teacher omits "God" lyric from "We Are The World": Approve or Disapprove?

Fef 2012/04/19 01:31:51
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The teacher, Jean Flaherty, revised the lyrics in several places to remove the references to God. The local paper reports:
Albemarle Co. teacher Jean Flaherty has redacted the word God from the popular song, We Are The World in order to protect non-believers from being offended.

One example occurs in the second half of the first verse, as composed by Jackson and Richie, reads:
We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth, you know,Love is all we need


Flaherty’s edited version changed the third line:
We are all a part of one great big family

Has the teacher gone too far? Did the teacher act appropriately to delete the references to " god"?
The teacher posted the lyrics on her Albemarle School webpage for students to learn.There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on
Pretending day by day
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
We are all a part of
one great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart
So they'll know that someone cares
So their cries for help
Will not be in vain

We can't let them suffer
No we cannot turn away
Right now, they need a helping hand

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me


When you're down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There's no way we can fall
Well, let us realize
That a change can only come
When we, stand together as one

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

(repeat)

We all need somebody that we can lean on
When you wake up look around and see that your dreams gone
When the earth quakes we'll help you make it through the storm
When the floor breaks a magic carpet to stand on
We are the World united by love so strong
When the radio isn't on you can hear the songs
A guided light on the dark road you’re walking on
A sign post to find the dreams you thought was gone
Someone to help you move the obstacles you stumbled on
Someone to help you rebuild after the rubble's gone
We are the World connected by a common bond
Love- the whole planet sing it along

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we make a better day
Just you and me

The original version talked about charity and supporting each other -- the artists had a cause in mind. People of faith and their works get trampled on by Political Correctness and atheists impose their will on America.

Read More: http://www.schillingshow.com/2012/04/18/worldly-al...

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  • American☆Atheist 2012/05/02 18:22:10
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    American☆Atheist
    +19
    who cares, but i think it's funny that the same morons saying "don't change it" have no problem changing our pledge of allegiance, unconstitutionally.

    She didn't change the song officially, she just did it the way she wanted.

    And of course this is posted by a right-winger.

    Also, that website is right-wing filth.

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  • A Lionheart 2012/05/06 02:53:16
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    A Lionheart
    Is the message really changed by removing a reference to YOUR mythology? Or is it simply made more inclusive? And isn't THAT the message of the song? SERIOUSLY???
    If you are a christian and offended by this you need to get over yourself and realize the world does not revolve around your mythology any more than it does any one elses.
  • scbluesman13 2012/05/04 18:28:51
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    scbluesman13
    +2
    It's nice to see some care taken to not offend the rational people of this world for a change.
  • CHUCK 2012/05/04 00:19:56
    Disapprove
    CHUCK
    JUST LIKE I WILL DISAPPROVE ANY TAX RAISES TO HELP TEACHERS GET MORE MONEY..

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  • DutchHeretic Native non-Ame... 2012/05/03 22:56:08
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    DutchHeretic Native non-American
    +1
    Sounds much better and more true !
    After all, the starving African people this was about, got NO help from God, like THEY were no part of "god's" big family
    The true help came from Musicians Singers and Artists in general with the worldwide Live Aid Benefit concerts !
    And I am damn proud I was one of them in the summer of '85

    And hey Fef , you must be pretty bored to make a topic out of this, must be the slow season ??
  • aneed2know 2012/05/03 05:22:07
  • Wilde~MoonChild ™ 2012/05/03 03:51:19
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    Wilde~MoonChild ™
    +2
    Who cares... Its 'We are the world' not a hymn. Its not that serious..
  • GwEN 2012/05/03 03:39:40
    Approve
    GwEN
    +1
    i like that he did that, i more than approve
    as an atheist this is good! also religion is not supposed to be practiced at school unless you go to a church school
  • Rammstein 2012/05/03 02:05:25
  • lurx: the soda jerk 2012/05/03 01:26:00
    Approve
    lurx: the soda jerk
  • HL 2012/05/02 20:48:10
    Disapprove
    HL
    +3
    I could care less!!!
  • The Winter Sodahead 2012/05/02 20:26:52
    Disapprove
    The Winter Sodahead
    +2
    Actually, I don't care, because this doesn't affect anything. At all.
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2012/05/02 20:00:27
    Approve
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +3
    I'm just surprised so many conservatives support this multicultural politically correct "New World Order", UN endorsed brain washing as long as God gets a shout out along the way. LMAO!
  • ally 2012/05/02 19:49:21 (edited)
    Approve
    ally
    +6
    Would you make your kids sing this song, in school, if it had been written:

    "We are all a part of ALLAH'S great big family...."

    I doubt it.
  • American☆Atheist 2012/05/02 18:22:10
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    American☆Atheist
    +19
    who cares, but i think it's funny that the same morons saying "don't change it" have no problem changing our pledge of allegiance, unconstitutionally.

    She didn't change the song officially, she just did it the way she wanted.

    And of course this is posted by a right-winger.

    Also, that website is right-wing filth.
  • Charles E 2012/04/24 05:25:12
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    Charles E
    +2
    I don't like the song to begin with, so don't care what some narrow minded hack does to make it worse.
  • us 2012/04/24 04:52:00
    Disapprove
    us
    +1
    America should not turn it back on GOD.
  • America... us 2012/05/02 18:13:48
    American☆Atheist
    +5
    what about santa?
  • betz America... 2012/05/03 00:50:13
    betz
    I love Santa too.
  • us America... 2012/05/03 02:56:52
    us
    I believe in birth of jesus, but I think it is okay to take your kids to see santa, at christmas time, I believe at christmas time, should not be about expensive gifts.
  • America... us 2012/05/03 03:57:05
    American☆Atheist
    +1
    ppl turn their back to santa
  • greg 2012/04/21 14:28:48
    Disapprove
    greg
    +1
    O heaven forbid we offend some one for believing in GOD
  • dan 2012/04/20 19:43:48
    Disapprove
    dan
    +1
    If he want's to write a song he can have any lyrics he wants, but this is not his song!
  • betz dan 2012/05/03 00:50:38
    betz
    Good point.
  • Mark 2012/04/20 14:30:01
    Disapprove
    Mark
    +1
    Guts the meaning of the song
  • A Lionh... Mark 2012/05/06 02:57:23
    A Lionheart
    You are completely wrong. The song is about inclusiveness not exclusiveness. Your mythology is exclusive. Keep it. I don't want any.
  • Mark A Lionh... 2012/05/06 14:23:11
    Mark
    Christianity doesnt stop anyone joining. If you open your mind and heart you would be welcomed too.
  • A Lionh... Mark 2012/05/07 00:15:16
    A Lionheart
    No thanks, I found the cure for that disease of the mind.
  • lucky 2012/04/20 14:20:35
    Disapprove
    lucky
    +1
    I remember that song, back before extreme atheism took hold and started forcing their non-belief on everyone else.
  • ThinkAboutIt! 2012/04/20 14:12:38
    Disapprove
    ThinkAboutIt!
    +1
    Better yet, omit this (teacher?) from the world.
  • betz ThinkAb... 2012/05/03 00:50:53
    betz
    LOL
  • Jakedog ThinkAb... 2012/05/03 03:14:13
    Jakedog
    +1
    That's mighty Christian of you, lets kill the teacher for singing a song!
  • A Lionh... Jakedog 2012/05/06 02:57:54
    A Lionheart
    +1
    Sickening isn't it?
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/04/20 03:43:43 (edited)
    Disapprove
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    ....NOT SUPPOSED TO CHANGE LYRICS OF ORIGINALS. PICK ANOTHER NUMBER.
  • Jakedog MOMMA T... 2012/05/03 03:15:08
    Jakedog
    +1
    Tell that to Weird Al, he has made a living for a good long time doing just that.
  • Roe 2012/04/20 02:55:04
    Disapprove
    Roe
    +1
    They'll believe when they meet Him and then it will be too late.
  • America... Roe 2012/05/02 18:14:20
    American☆Atheist
    +4
    nah, fairy tales are fake.
  • Aly Hart 2012/04/20 02:37:30
    Approve
    Aly Hart
    +6
    Why all the fuss over a fictional character?
  • Walter Harris 2012/04/19 21:23:11
    Disapprove
    Walter Harris
    It's kind of ironic, the main ones who are trying to seperate "god and state" are the evangelist Pat Roberts and the likes. They are some of the biggest "LOBBIST" we got and they are religious and yes some of the naacp leaders are in that to
  • ZB 2012/04/19 21:11:57
    Disapprove
    ZB
    +2
    Funny how anything WITH God in it offends someone that doesn't believe. But no one cares if they offend believers. It's like we are second class citizens. What happened to "One nation, Under God"? It's giving way to political correctness and atheism. I agree with others here, if he didn't like the lyrics use another song.
  • America... ZB 2012/05/02 18:15:00
    American☆Atheist
    +1
    taken it out is not the same as putting it in

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