Goshen College Bans National Anthem

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thrice
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Goshen College Bans National Anthem

Post by thrice » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:57 am

(RNS) Goshen College will no longer play The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting events, school leaders announced, reversing last year's decision to allow the use of the national anthem for the first time in the Mennonite college's history.

Some Mennonites had criticized the anthem's lyrics as glorifying war and offensive to the school's pacifist traditions. Goshen's Board of Directors said many felt the school's "allegiance should be to Christ rather than to country."

"As a result of a thoughtful, thorough, prayerful period of listening, learning and discerning," the board said in a June 6 statement, "it is the board's judgment that continuing to play the national anthem compromises our ability to advance the vision (of Goshen College) together."

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Post by citizenx » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:58 pm

It's easy to be a pacifist when you exist in the cocoon of a secluded community within the most powerful nation on earth.

It's like taking a vow of poverty, then staying at mom and dad's summer home for the rest of your life.

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