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    Thumbs down Star Spangled Banner Banned at Mennonite College

    This is horrible that a school that is in a nation that gives them religious freedom would do this. I know the United States is involved in bad wars and that this country has severely declined but this is not a protest of that. This is the anti American left wing extremism that has poisoned our churches and other institutions for the past many decades!


    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.
    National Anthem Banned at Mennonite College's Sporting Events, Sparking Outcry - FoxNews.com

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    Default Re: Star Spangled Banner Banned at Mennonite College

    Well, compassionate peacemaking is a nice thought, but unfortunately not everyone thinks along those lines.

    And least us not forget, it was the militaristic aspect of our fore fathers who made possible the freedoms this institution is living within.

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    Default Re: Star Spangled Banner Banned at Mennonite College

    Well, I don't know. Mennonites aren't exactly known to be left-wing.
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    Default Re: Star Spangled Banner Banned at Mennonite College

    My only objection to passivism is that it lets you assume an undeserved air of moral superiority because you wont defend what you own but are more than happy to let others defend your property for you.
    This strikes me as hypocrisy of the worst sort and a parasitic drain on society as a whole. Let those who will fight for their nation come forward and those that wont die.

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    Default Re: Star Spangled Banner Banned at Mennonite College

    Quote Originally Posted by patthemick View Post
    My only objection to passivism is that it lets you assume an undeserved air of moral superiority because you wont defend what you own but are more than happy to let others defend your property for you.
    This strikes me as hypocrisy of the worst sort and a parasitic drain on society as a whole. Let those who will fight for their nation come forward and those that wont die.

    I agree. They aren't willing to put themselves on the line, but want the liberty. Even if they didn't serve, fight, but were for defending what we have...but to say no..

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