Mennonite College Bans National Anthem
School should look to "Christ rather than country," says board
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2011 3:20 PM CDT
Members of the Goshen College baseball team bow their heads in prayer following the singing of the national anthem in Goshen, Ind., Tuesday, March 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(Newser) – A Mennonite college will stop playing the national anthem at sports events, after some complained that the song violated pacifist ideals; the Indiana school’s board of directors said the college’s “allegiance should be to Christ rather than to country,” the Religion News Service reports via Huffington Post. Goshen College sports began playing the Star-Spangled Banner only last year, but after a “thoughtful, thorough, prayerful period of listening, learning and discerning,” the board decided that playing the song “compromises our ability” to pursue the school’s vision.

Goshen had banned the anthem for decades, but in February 2010 approved the playing of an instrumental version. Largely non-Mennonite backers of the tune said it “honors our country and improves community relations by welcoming and respecting the views of non-Mennonite students.” The board is on the hunt for an “alternative” song “that fits with sports tradition, that honors country, that resonates with our core values and that respects the views of diverse constituencies."

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Naked_Emperor
Jun 17, 2011 11:37 AM CDT
How about america the beautiful, or God bless america
TIII
Jun 17, 2011 11:24 AM CDT
Wanna know what the real American should tell them? "Go crazy, You may do whatever you like." Write a "f*ck the USA!" song if you want. It is your right in this great land to be jerks or be patriotic.
Scaramouche
Jun 17, 2011 5:01 AM CDT
“allegiance should be to Christ rather than to country,” But the Apostle Paul said that obedience to rulers was obedience to Christ.