Saturday, I was listening to patriotic nursery rhymes with my children through Comcast/Xfinity Select On Demand, and “America the Beautiful” came on.  Naturally, I was excited for my children to learn this song, as it so eloquently describes our country’s beauty, history, and ideology.  To my disappointment, I noticed that the lyrics had been changed from “God shed his grace on thee” to “He shed his grace on thee.”  I assume this change has been made to keep from “offending” anyone.  Well, guess what.  I’m offended!  I’m offended that this is the version being played for small children who are left to wonder who “he” is.  Regardless of one’s faith or belief, our country was founded on godly principles, and the songwriter was obviously inspired by God when she wrote it in 1893.  As an American, I’m offended that there are those who are desperate to remove such a vital part of our nation’s history.  And, if Katharine Lee Bates were still alive, I’m sure she would be offended that what is arguably the most important line of her song has been altered.  This alteration is one small maneuver in a lager, progressive attack—not an attack on believers, but an attack on America.  I encourage all Comcast/Xfinity subscribers to contact the corporation and, as paying customers, ask them to either replace this version with one that contains the correct lyrics, or at least offer a second version with the correct lyrics so that children may learn the song the way it was intended to—and should—be sung.  Contacting them is simple.  Just click on the link below and submit your message.  To make it easier for you, you may wish to copy and paste the following:

Dear Comcast/Xfinity

Your Baby Boost section of Select On Demand is a great learning tool for young children, and I appreciate the patriotic nursery rhymes you offer.  However, the lyrics to “America the Beautiful” have been changed from “God shed his grace on thee” to “He shed his grace on thee.”  As a paying customer, I encourage you to either replace this version with one that contains the correct lyrics, or at least offer a second version with the correct lyrics so that my children may learn the song the way it was intended to—and should—be sung. 

Thank you.

 Here’s the link: http://www.selectondemand.com/contact.php

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