Principal drops ‘God Bless America’ after pledge amid pressure from atheist group


The principal of an elementary school in Pennsylvania has decided not to continue his tradition of ending the daily pledge of allegiance with “God bless America.”

A complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on behalf of a Sabold Elementary School student’s parent reportedly prompted Peter Brigg to make the change.

According to the complaint, leading students in the recitation is unconstitutional sponsorship of religion.

The FFRF asserted that “young elementary school children don’t need to be coerced into affirming God’s name every morning.”

After consulting with an attorney for the district, Brigg opted to forego the practice. Students acting on their own, however, will still be permitted to add it to the end of the daily pledge.

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