Posted on September 25, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

Nearly 20 kids are captured in an online video as they sing songs praising "Barack Hussein Obama," as they repeatedly chant Obama’s name and celebrate the accomplishments he never quite did accomplish (even after eight months now), as this was taped only one month after his inauguration, during Black History Month.  This video recently surfaced courtesy of The Drudge Report.  Of course, the Liberals are saying the Conservatives are a bunch of whiners, to get over it and that this is another smear campaign against a black guy, but if the situation were reversed and the songs were praising George Bush, you can bet you would have seen a fierce backlash from the left immediately, especially since the themes to these songs have a Christian overtone to them.  Heck, even I would have been just as outraged if it were about Bush so it’s not "a black thing".  

The video has since gone viral, and a debate has erupted over student lesson plans, privacy and partisan politics.  Police confirmed last night that threats had been received by the school.  They did not say who or what was targeted.  This morning, there was a larger than normal police presence at the school.  Two police vehicles were parked in front of the entrance, and another officer was assisting a crossing guard nearby as national media crews descended on this quaint New Jersey neighborhood.  District officials have not commented.  The only comments early this morning came from a Department of Education spokeswoman, who said Burlington Township School District’s superintendent has been ordered to investigate exactly how all of this happened, how the video was recorded, how it ended up on the Internet and who let that happen.

The state wants to make sure the school’s students can, in the future, celebrate the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month without inappropriate partisan politics entering the classroom and without violating their privacy, Keeley reported.  Maybe they should just do away with Black History Month altogether because we don’t have an Italian History Month, Asian History Month, White History Month, Red History Month, Hispanic History Month, etc.

It was learned today that the name of the teacher who led the song or chant is Elvira James, who has since retired, but is still a resident of the town.  I wonder if she was "forced" into retirement over this controversy.  That was the big thing for some parents. They wanted to know if the teacher was still in the school and, if so, they didn’t want her teaching their children.  District Superintendent Dr. Christopher Manno and the school’s principal, Dr. Denise King, said in the first of two letters to parents yesterday that "recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized."  The district’s second letter yesterday refuted a local radio station’s claims that the school building was in lockdown.

Among those who are debating the video, besides the national cable television and radio talk show hosts and syndicated columnists, are the parents.

It’s stunts like this that pit Democrats against Republicans, and me being an Independent am concerned about both of these parties.  I would like to see 2010 voters do some thorough Spring cleaning and clean up the filth that has comfortably nested in Washington for too long now.  Maybe get an Independent at the helm for once, and not one who is indebted to lobbyists who are in most politicians’ pockets.  I find it absolutely appalling that the finest president in the history of the United States of America, President Abraham Lincoln, never got the red carpet treatment that Obama has enjoyed, nor are there any songs of praise being sung by school children in his memory.  We can’t even sing Christmas songs for Pete’s sake or even utter the words "Merry Christmas"!  How ironic that Obama wouldn’t be where he is today if not for the courageous battle President Abraham Lincoln fought against the Democrats on behalf of blacks to put a stop to slavery.  Maybe these teachers should be teaching their pupils about what a great president Abraham Lincoln was, and tout his praises (which are many, and not false or imagined) in that he gave his life for blacks and also for their freedom, not praising some guy just because he’s black, and who hasn’t accomplished anything at all, except putting America further into debt.  President Abraham Lincoln would have been a much finer tribute to Black History Month because without him, there probably wouldn’t even be a Black History Month!
The school is stating these kids did these songs on their own?  I doubt it.  What I find most disturbing about this video is that in schools, kids are discouraged from praying, singing patriotic songs or even reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but they’re encouraged to sing propaganda Obama songs to the tune of Christian hymns of all things, with the lyrics being changed from Jesus’ name to Obama’s name (lyrics are found via link in the story).  In the video, students at New Jersey’s B. Bernice Young Elementary School are shown singing about Obama—the first song to the tune of "Jesus Loves the Little Children" (I posted the YouTube video link of "Jesus Loves The Little Children" for comparison).  The second song was sung to the theme of "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic", you know the song:  "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…".  How dispicable that schools have reached this all-time low.
I don’t blame Obama for this.  I blame clueless Americans who have a tendency to praise those who certainly don’t deserve it and who use the term "hero" too loosely for people who don’t deserve the moniker (like celebrities and sports players, for example).  As they are now quickly learning, Obama is not the messiah (intentionally lowercase) as there is only one God.  I don’t see all the huge pro-Obama chants today that were so abundant back in January of this year.  What I see is a lot of anti-Obama chants in its place, and now the Democrats are brushing them off using fear mongering tactics saying that if you’re anti-Obama you’re not an American or you’re part of an "angry mob".  Of course, these tactics were non-existent when there were anti-Bush chants from "angry mobs" around the country.  How one-sided of them.  After this, nothing would surprise me.  Next we’ll probably be seeing Obama’s likeness in pictures and statues sprawled all across the country on the outside of every building and in every school…

Elementary School Students Taught to Sing Praises of President Obama

Here is "Jesus Loves The Little Children" Video for comparison.  One particular phrase in the first song wasn’t very original. Here’s the Obama version:

"He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight"

And here’s the version in "Jesus Loves The Little Children":
"Red and yellow black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"

Nearly 20 young children are captured in an online video as they sing songs that overflow with campaign slogans and praise for "Barack Hussein Obama," as they repeatedly chant the president’s name and celebrate his accomplishments.
The commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Education ordered a review on Friday following the posting of a YouTube video depicting school children singing the praises of President Obama.

Education Department spokeswoman Kathryn Forsyth says the commissioner has directed the school superintendent to review what happened. Forsyth says the commissioner wants to ensure that students can celebrate Black History Month without "inappropriate partisan politics in the classroom."

As critics of the video claimed it amounted to "indoctrination," the tension at B. Bernice Young Elementary School escalated to such a degree Thursday that the school was placed temporarily on lockdown after its principal received death threats over a YouTube video that showed nearly 20 children being taught songs lauding the president, though back-to-school night events continuing as planned Thursday night at the school.

Video of the students at the Burlington, N.J., school shows them singing songs seemingly overflowing with campaign slogans and praise for "Barack Hussein Obama," repeatedly chanting the president’s name and celebrating his accomplishments, including his "great plans" to "make this country’s economy No. 1 again."

One song that the children were taught quotes directly from the spiritual "Jesus Loves the Little Children," though Jesus’ name is replaced with Obama’s: "He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama."

Click here to see the video.

The video has set off some families in Burlington, who said they were horrified that their children at the being "indoctrinated" to view the president like a cult figure.

"I’m stunned — I can’t believe it’s our school," said Jim Pronchik, who told FOXNews.com his 8-year-old son Jimmy was one of the 18 students in the video. "We don’t want to praise this guy like he’s a god or an idol or a king or anything like that. That’s the wrong message to be sending."

Click here to see the full lyrics to both songs.

Pronchik said he and his wife were never informed about the lesson, which the superintendent of Burlington Township schools says was held in February as part of Black History Month "to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country."

But Andrea Ciemnolonski, the parent of another one of the students in the video, said the song was part of a second-grade project on a variety of topics related to the month of February, such as Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day.

"They did songs about President Washington, Lincoln, and they did do one about President Obama," Ciemnolonski said. "My daughter was in the class that did the songs about Obama. It was black history month. … It was something for the kids to celebrate."

Ciemnolonski said she "just can’t look at it as indoctrination," though she added, "The comparisons made were a little exuberant."

Superintendent Christopher Manno said in a written statement Thursday that the taping itself was out of order, but failed to address whether the lesson was approved. "The recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized," he wrote in a note to parents and the media.

Other families arriving at Bernice Young Elementary to pick up their children said they were outraged at the songs, which also tout a fair-pay bill Obama signed in January: "He said we must be clear today/Equal work means equal pay." 

"I felt this was reminiscent of 1930’s Germany, and the indoctrination of children to worship their leader," said Robert Bowen, father of two children at Bernice Young Elementary.

"I thought that if this was a civics class in say high school or upper level middle school, in might be appropriate to discuss policies or politics, but as far as children in first grade, second grade — those types of levels — it’s inappropriate to discuss how a president is changing the world after only six weeks in office."

Parents said the songs were performed in Elvira James’ second grade class. James, who refused to comment to FOXNews.com, retired at the end of the previous school year on a full pension in New Jersey.

Bowen said he thought there should be consequences for having provided such a one-sided lesson to impressionable students there.

"It’s something that there should be serious repercussions for … the administration here, and I think the school board needs to be answerable to the parents of the community," said Bowen. School board members did not respond to requests for comment.

Though the school was not planning to address the tape during back-to-school-night events, many parents were heading in with with a lot of questions about the tape.

"This video is disturbing," said a grandparent named Sandy, who spoke on the condition that her last name not be included. "We don’t teach politics in pre-school — or kindergarten or first grade." 

"This has no place in the classroom," said Sandy, added Sandy, who told FOXNews.com she has two grandchildren attending Bernice Young Elementary. "It may have been the opinion of one or two, and someone should pay the consequences for it."

The author of the songs is unknown, but a woman — possibly a teacher — can be heard in the beginning of the video correcting and helping a student who has forgotten the words. Another woman, the person holding the camera, cheers the students on: "All right," she says. "I like that."

"Alteredbeat," the YouTube user who posted the video on the Internet, told FOXNews.com that the video was first put online by Charisse Carney-Nunes, an activist and author of the children’s book "I Am Barack Obama," which her Web site says "allows children to see themselves through the inspirational story of President Obama." Carney-Nunes has been promoting the book during visits to schools on the east coast.

A poster for the book can been seen near the stage of the auditorium in the video of Bernice Young Elementary, but it is unclear whether Carney-Nunes had visited the school or was present during the filming.

"Alteredbeat" told FOXNews.com that he reached out to Carney-Nunes, who insisted that the program had been filmed in June as part of a Father’s Day tribute to President Obama. "The kids made up the songs on their own," she wrote, according to the YouTube user.

"Alteredbeat" originally posted the video Sept. 6, two days before Obama made an address to the nation’s schoolchildren in which he praised the American education system as the best in the world and urged students to stay in school.

"At the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world," Obama said.



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