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U.S. National Anthem Banned at Mennonite College's Sporting Events, Sparking Outcry
By Todd Starnes

Published June 07, 2011 Fox News

Goshen College, a Mennonite school in Indiana, has become a target of public outrage over its decision to ban the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events because it conflicts with the school's core values.

“We recognize that some people may not be satisfied with this decision, but we believe it is the right one for Goshen College,” Ricky Stiffney, chairman of the college’s board of directors, said in a written statement. “The board has a diversity of views on this issue as reflected through the process of considering the anthem.”

According to an online fact sheet on the issue, the college noted: “Historically, playing the national anthem has not been among Goshen College’s practices because of our Christ-centered core value of compassionate peacemaking seeming to be in conflict with the anthem’s militaristic language.”

The Mennonite Church is historically a peace church but does not have an official position on playing the national anthem.

“It’s obviously about a battle,” Goshen College art professor John Blosser told Fox News Radio. “It’s rather violent. It’s about using violence to conquer and that would be something that many people here would have problems with.”

Last year, the college decided to allow the playing of an instrumental version of the song at sporting events – but ultimately school officials decided to outright ban the national anthem.

“Goshen College has been and remains a ministry of Mennonite Church USA with an enduring peace tradition,” Carlos Romero, executive director of the Mennonite Education Agency, said in a written statement. “The board’s decision reflects a belief that faith and honoring country can co-exist without disturbing higher allegiances to God and that Goshen College will become increasingly diverse and will welcome diverse viewpoints.”

The decision was overwhelmingly supported by students, but not by community residents.

Goshen City Councilman Harland Lantz told Fox News Radio that the decision is “anti-American.”

“It really hurts,” he said. “(The national anthem) is the American way.”

“Instead of living here in Goshen, they should go down and live in Cuba or Iran,” he said. “Then have them come back and see if their attitude has changed.”

Donald Riegsecker, another city councilman, also disagreed with the college's decision.

“People are disappointed,” he said. “I’m starting to wonder if it’s not more about politics than theology.”

“It seems like students have been taught since high school more liberal views than conservative views,” he said. “By the time they hit college, they’re thinking more liberal and by the time they get out of college they’re really liberal. That’s the way the professors tend to lead them.”

Riegsecker said he wished “teachers would just teach and professors would just teach and let kids make their decisions on their own as to what their politics are and what they believe.”

Professor Blosser disputed any notion the college is anti-American.

“This is not an anti-patriotic thing,” he said. “It does not make us communist just because we take a stand against that particular point of view. As an educated person, I don’t always stand where the government takes a stand.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/0...ite-colleges-sporting-events-sparking-outcry/
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This really makes me angry, so angry I am damn near speachless....
 

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Whenever people are offered freedom of choice, you have to accept that some of them will make what you consider to be the wrong one. The enormously more important fact here is that this school exists in a nation where they may choose to play the National Anthem or not. We can only hope they grasp the significance of this privilege. I hope they do.
 

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Whenever people are offered freedom of choice, you have to accept that some of them will make what you consider to be the wrong one. The enormously more important fact here is that this school exists in a nation where they may choose to play the National Anthem or not. We can only hope they grasp the significance of this privilege. I hope they do.
:agree: It's their right.
 

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whats next, banning the US Flag?
 

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You DO realize that according to the first amendment and the democratic system, this is perfectly ok right?

I mean, I don't fly a flag or play the national anthem at my house but that doesn't make me un-patriotic, quite the opposite really...

Seriously, that's the point of being free, being free to do or not do what you wish...
 

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You DO realize that according to the first amendment and the democratic system, this is perfectly ok right?

I mean, I don't fly a flag or play the national anthem at my house but that doesn't make me un-patriotic, quite the opposite really...

Seriously, that's the point of being free, being free to do or not do what you wish...
Very well said indeed sir. :thumbsup::thumbsup::agree:
 

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Whenever people are offered freedom of choice, you have to accept that some of them will make what you consider to be the wrong one. The enormously more important fact here is that this school exists in a nation where they may choose to play the National Anthem or not. We can only hope they grasp the significance of this privilege. I hope they do.
:agree: I think the article frames the issue negatively by calling it a "ban". Actually, I think it's simply a decision not to play the anthem at their events. I disagree with their rationale, but they are a private institution that can do anything they want. It may or may not hurt their reputation with their constituents. But I certainly don't see a need to go into a frenzy of nationalism over it.
 

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If the school wants to bury their head in the sand and not acknowlege that wars were fought and won for their freedom is perfectly all right with me. All I ask is that none of my federal tax dollars do not go to this school either, My CHOICE :lookinup: and right
 
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