A Mennonite college in Indiana is under fire for its decisions to refuse to play The Star-Spangled Banner at school sporting events because they believe the song is in conflict with their pro-peace beliefs.
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According to an online message from the college: “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 known for being a “peace” church, although there’s no official position on 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.”
An instrumental version of the song was played at sporting events last year before school officials decided to ban it outright — a move that was supported by students, although not the surrounding community members.
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.”
I think it’s a shame and even a bit bizarre that The Star-Spangled Banner has been banned at a school’s sporting events, but it’s a private, religious school and if those paying tuition are OK with it, who am I to say otherwise? To each his own. There are far more important issues to get all riled up about.
Do you think it’s silly to ban the national anthem for the reasons stated by Goshen College, or do you agree that it promotes an anti-peace message?