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Only in America: The patriotism prohibition

A New York principal prohibits kindergarteners from singing "God Bless the USA" — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

The principal of a New York City school has banned kindergarten students from singing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" at their graduation, on the grounds that "we don't want to offend other cultures." Her decision angered many parents. "A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride," said parent Luz Lozada.