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    Indiana Christian College Lifts Century-Old Ban on National Anthem



    Finally a story worthy of being posted that is not about Obama the Liberals or Conservatives. It just gets under the skjin of some of the pacifists but I don't see any violent protests in the future for the campus.

    I think every religion needs to be reminded that the people who did fight and die to give them the rights they use to celebrate their particular religion feel strongly about this song and the meaning of it's lyrics.

    I'm pretty sure we shouldn't make a bid deal about the face the tune was a an old drinking song before it was adopted as the National Anthem in 1931.

    That's right it was in 1931, is when the Star Spangled Banner was officially adopted as the National Anthem, even though Francis Scott Key wrote the poem September 14, 1814.

    Congratulations to the Mennonites for making this change which does not endorse War or Violence and is tradition at sporting events from coast to coast.


    http://http://www.foxnews.com/story/...587057,00.html

    Sunday, February 21, 2010

    GOSHEN, Ind. — For more than a century, there was no playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Goshen College — a small Christian college with ties to the Mennonite Church.

    That's about to change. For the first time in the school's history, Goshen College will play an instrumental version of the U.S. national anthem before many campus sporting events.

    The decision to reverse the ban on the anthem is aimed at making students and visitors outside the faith feel more welcome, but it has roiled some at the 1,000-student college who feel the song undermines the church's pacifist message and puts love for county above love for God.

    Since college President Jim Brenneman announced the decision in January, about 900 people have joined the Facebook group "Against Goshen College Playing National Anthem," hundreds have signed an online petition protesting the move and letters sent to administrators and the campus newspaper have overwhelmingly voiced opposition to the change.

    "We're very aware that not everyone on our campus that's part of this community shares the same views," said college spokeswoman Jodi Beyeler. "We believe that everyone here should feel like this is home."

    John Roth, a Goshen College history professor, said Mennonites have historically avoided the song because its lyrics describe using war and military might to defend the country.
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    Re: Indiana Christian College Lifts Century-Old Ban on National Anthem

    Sorry, but I'm not as excited to hear that a Mennonite church will play the star-spangled banner.
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    Re: Indiana Christian College Lifts Century-Old Ban on National Anthem

    I don't have a strong opinion on this one way or another, just wanted to mention that this is my 8 yr old's favorite song and I think it is mostly due to the "lyrics describ[ing] using war and military might to defend the country". I can understand others may not like that aspect though.

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    Re: Indiana Christian College Lifts Century-Old Ban on National Anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Sorry, but I'm not as excited to hear that a Mennonite church will play the star-spangled banner.
    It's a college, not a church.
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    Re: Indiana Christian College Lifts Century-Old Ban on National Anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    It's a college, not a church.
    Just as unimpressive.
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