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Indiana College Bans "Too Violent" National Anthem
NBC Washington ^ | Greg Wilson

Posted on 08/26/2011 11:56:23 AM PDT by rjsclassics

First it banned the words, now the whole song. Tiny Goshen College in Indiana has banned the "The Star Spangled Banner: at all sporting events because the Mennonite school's president considers the National Anthem's words to be too violent.

The 1,000-student school had already banned the words last year, but the band could still play the music for patriots in attendance. Now, the school has banned the song entirely, according to NBC Sports.

The school’s board of directors told college President Jim Brenneman to “find an alternative to playing the National Anthem that fits with sports tradition, that honors country and that resonates with Goshen College’s core values and respects the views of diverse constituencies.”

Brenneman was okay with that.

“I am committed to retaining the best of what it means to be a Mennonite college, while opening the doors wider to all who share our core values,” Brenneman said. “And I invite others to join us at Goshen College as we make peace in all of its forms, even with the national anthem.”

Art professor John Blosser told The Goshen News that there is much national pride at the school, but that most people aren't going to blindly accept what the country does.

NBC Sports' Rick Chandler weighed in, saying: "I suppose we could have followed the example of the Mennonites and simply fled, giving the nation back to the British. But then we’d all be playing cricket."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: anthem; bans; college; national; nationalanthem
the latest version of "Commie' Schools in the USA. Folks in that area should march in mass to the next game and stand up and sing it proudly. For me, I'll stand up and sing it any time time I please.
1 posted on 08/26/2011 11:56:32 AM PDT by rjsclassics
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To: rjsclassics

Idiots.


2 posted on 08/26/2011 11:57:44 AM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: rjsclassics
“I am committed to retaining the best of what it means to be a Mennonite college, while opening the doors wider to all who share our core values,” Brenneman said.

I guess being a Mennonite college means being a bunch of Communist pansies.

3 posted on 08/26/2011 11:58:07 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: rjsclassics

The taxpayers should “ban” any taxpayer dollars going into this sewer.


4 posted on 08/26/2011 11:58:16 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: rjsclassics

The lyrics are about us being attacked, and surviving.

I think that’s exactly the kind of philosophy the liberals hate most of all.

I really do.


5 posted on 08/26/2011 11:59:20 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: rjsclassics

They could go back to Germany.


6 posted on 08/26/2011 12:01:00 PM PDT by familyop ("Plan? There ain't no plan!" --Pigkiller, "Beyond Thunderdome")
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To: rjsclassics
Like all pacifists, Mennonites exist freely because they have other people do their fighting for them. They enjoy their peaceful little college only because there have always been rough men ready to do violence on their behalf. Otherwise they'd have been mincemeat long ago/.
7 posted on 08/26/2011 12:01:00 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: rjsclassics

Perhaps the marching band could play Brahms’ “Lullaby.”


8 posted on 08/26/2011 12:02:10 PM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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To: rjsclassics

I’ll take a risk and defend them - slightly.

They are a religion that has stuck to it’s “guns” through the years (couldn’t help that phrase).

I do, however, find it interesting that they choose the present period to discover that they don’t like the national anthem.

Now, which church would I rather have near me...a Mennonite church or a ......mosque?

Decisions, decisions......


9 posted on 08/26/2011 12:04:03 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: rjsclassics

I guess they’ll be banning those sports events that play the song.

The people need to throw out those liberals.


10 posted on 08/26/2011 12:05:57 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Exactly. If it wasn’t for those “violent” men who are offended by this cutesy shenanigan, these idiots would be goosestepping and speaking German or Japanese.


11 posted on 08/26/2011 12:08:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

They need to ban a good 80% of the Bible now too, including the crucifixion.


12 posted on 08/26/2011 12:18:02 PM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Da Coyote

I’d agree. I can respect Mennonites as I do Quakers and Amish, etc. They have principles to which they want to adhere.

But your questions are valid.

I also question it because (assuming the common 1st verse here) the violence is against us - at least, the way it is written. But maybe they don’t like that, either.

Perhaps they can sing another common patriotic anthem.


13 posted on 08/26/2011 12:19:16 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: CodeToad

Hope every one of Goshen’s sports teams gets shellacked in a shutout in every single game.

Or do they even have a football team? Football is so violent, you know. Somebody wins, somebody else loses. That’s soooooooo unpacifistic.

If they don’t sing the national anthem they should reject all federal subsidies as well. Anything else is rank hyposcrisy.


14 posted on 08/26/2011 12:20:25 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: American Quilter

Or.....perhaps the band could play the BeachBoys tune “Three Girls for every Boy.”


15 posted on 08/26/2011 12:23:18 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! !)
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To: rjsclassics

Mennonites and Amish are pacifists through and through. What I find interesting is that this Mennonite school allows football - not exactly a “pacifistic” game.

I, too, wonder about the timing of this announcement. The pacifism I understand, but they’ve been that from the get-go for over a couple of hundred years. Why do the ban now? Why hadn’t they always banned it at their schools? For publicity of sorts? Weird.


16 posted on 08/26/2011 12:23:58 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I think the Mennonites are pacifistic like the Amish. They can thank the strength of the US, its National Anthem and the mighty military that protects their right to refuse to fight.


17 posted on 08/26/2011 12:26:47 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: rjsclassics

A while back schools banned their bands from playing “Tequila” at sport events as a cheer/marching tune because it promoted drinking even though there are no words to it.


18 posted on 08/26/2011 12:44:19 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach government employees how to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: rjsclassics
....the latest version of "Commie' Schools in the USA.

**********

Naaaaaahhh.....

These are verrry quiet tribe of Mennonites --

With intentionally limited outlook on our liberties...

Actually a very moral group of kind & moral people--
...Looking at their world through the paper towel tube....

Just sayin...

19 posted on 08/26/2011 12:54:17 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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These people are certifiably insane and also hypocrites.

I know Goshen, Indiana very well and I just find it funny that they have horse and buggy parking at Walmart!!!

They are doing this for attention because no one cares about that school it is irrelevant.

20 posted on 08/26/2011 1:11:32 PM PDT by Dengar01 ("Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" - Dr. Michael Savage)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I find it hard to respect people who want others to do the hardest work fror them;and defending against the variety of bad men and evil empires is the hardest work I know.


21 posted on 08/26/2011 1:16:19 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

I don’t think that’s the reason they’re thinking.

Hippies are a different matter.


22 posted on 08/26/2011 1:42:28 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Nevadan

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a former Mennonite and a Goshen grad, class of 1990. As far as I know they do not have a football team. Soccer, basketball, baseball, field hockey, softball, track and field.

Goshen does have a number of students from non-Mennonite churches and backgrounds. They tried to accommodate the other students and schools who appreciate the anthem being played before the sporting events took place. I guess enough well-healed alumni complained, so the president reversed course.

The Mennonite Church has long held the peace position, but only recently has the church taken the position that pacifism equates to social activism. Many of the profs were conscientious objectors who have now been granted tenure and indoctrinate the student body. The Mennonite Church is only a few years behind the United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalists in their liberalism. It greatly saddens me.


23 posted on 08/26/2011 4:42:31 PM PDT by big truck
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To: rjsclassics
Let me guess, next they're going to stop flying the American Flag because in their convoluted minds it's a symbol of racism, and sexism.

After that they're going to get rid of the Declaration of Independence because it mentions Our Creator, which offends atheists.

Finally they're going to declare the Constitution null and void because it was written by white racist slave owners.

All I can say is THANK GOD THESE AMERICA HATING LIBTARD BASTARDS DIDN'T FOUND THE UNITED STATES AND WRITE THE CONSTITUTION!

24 posted on 08/26/2011 6:08:11 PM PDT by Victory Rocks (Obama's hope, is to tax all our change.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Jesus THREW the moneychangers out of the Temple.


25 posted on 08/26/2011 7:05:24 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

;-)

And also mentioned a sword, etc.

Jesus wasn’t beyond showing might (but hey, He was God), but he wasn’t big on it with the mere humans.


26 posted on 08/26/2011 7:08:39 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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