Mennonites Shallow Petty Mean-Spirited Arrogant: Bans Star-Spangled Banner as Too Violent

Message to Mennonites at Goshen College in Indiana, who have banned the The Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, as “too violent.” Your ancestors came to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1775, when new Americans-to-be were fighting for our sovereignty, Mennonites were, what?  Sitting on your thumbs? Even so, those who believed in the tenants of the coming Declaration of Independence, understood your pacifism, and were ready to die for your freedom – you with the “peaceful postures.” How many died to keep you free and thriving in America, while you stood in open protest? Now a poem, later set to song, in celebration and joy that our flag was still waving on that morning, as the bombs were still bursting in air, is offensive to you?

The Star Spangled Banner Over Ft. McHenry

It is one thing not to go to war due to a deeply held conviction, but it is another thing to spit in the face of, and on the traditions of, those who fought for you and yours. Banning the National Anthem for violence? Shallow, petty, mean-spirited, and frankly disgusting.

From my 2010 Flag Day post:

At dawn, [Francis Scott] Key anxiously peers into the distance [off Ft. McHenry] to see if the flag still waves, proving the battle for God and country has not been lost. And indeed it was waving. Could there be more poignant words to describe our flag than “a star-spangled banner?”

He sees her broad stripes and bright stars, still waving over a perilous battle.
At twilight, the bombs are still raining down, the glare of the bursts again show proof that the symbol of freedom, the Star-Spangled Banner, is still waving over the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

NBC Washington:

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.”

A Goshen Art professor says the school still retains national pride, but doesn’t have to “blindly accept what the country does.” Well yes, there’s that. Rick Chandler at NBC Sports said we could let the British have us and been playing “cricket” today.

Really, Mennonite leadership – parents of these Goshen children, you must do the right thing, restore the National Anthem as a beloved celebration of our country, and teach the children at Goshen the truth: others fought and died for you, and held no animosity towards you for it, and they will likely have to do it again.

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Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

 

  • Good Americans need to boycott these people.

  • How can you have “National Pride” when you are ashamed of the National Anthem? You cannot have it both ways. In fact this school is the first of the leftist schools to ban the Star-Spangled Banner, but expect the rest of the colleges to follow suit. Especially the Commie schools in California.

  • ” Banning the National Anthem for violence? Shallow, petty, mean-spirited, and frankly disgusting.”

    Spot on, Maggie! These people need a history lesson. This is a patriotic song which is celebrating our history as a nation. This is so absurd!

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  • Now that’s something I didn’t know. Were Mennonites pacifistic back in 1776?

  • Interesting.

    I’ve known Mennonites all my life, and not a one objected to the National Anthem. I guess they separated their personal pacifism from their sense of civic responsibility.

    That said, the Mennonites I’ve known have been conservatives. At the same time, I’ve heard that many Mennonite communities have moved to the Left ideologically.

  • Don Laird

    How remarkable….

    Mennonites, a religious group of Dutch/German descent, that, in times of persecution, flees across continents and oceans to places of safe haven.

    Once arriving in their new homes they live on the fringes of mainstream society not really being full participants. Here in Canada and the United States, making every opportunity available to avoid full societal participation, taxation and military service, but, conspicuously, availing themselves of every other benefit a free democracy has to offer.

    In times of conflict Mennonites, quintessential cowards wrapped in cloaks of religious propriety, refuse to participate in military service even if the aggressors are standing on the doorsteps. They prefer instead for the sons and daughters of other citizens to sacrifice themselves. Remarkably, this refusal to defend their benefactor in time of need and conflict is graciously permitted by the same.

    How offensive, how injurious then, for Goshen college to ban the national anthem of their host country, when the same has extended a hand of welcome and generosity to both them and tens of millions seeking refuge from tyrants, persecution, poverty and madness.

    How perfectly ungrateful to spit in the faces of those men and women who, with their lives, paid for the democracy and freedom these Mennonites enjoy daily. How sneeringly arrogant and duplicitous to covet the hard won benefits of, and flourish midst, the democracy and freedom their own sons and daughters are loathe to defend.

    I think the time has arrived, nay, is long overdue, for the United States to start cleaning from its midst those who, with extended hands and an overwhelming sense of entitlement and expectation, smile and fill their pockets from the coffers of the America yet, at first opportunity, drive a dagger into her back.

    From President Hussein Obama, enjoying and revelling in the company of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose actions, hence, are the very definition of the words treason and sedition, to the legions of muslims and islamists who seek, at every turn, to destroy the United States of America from within. These enemies of America, who quietly walk its streets and avenues amongst patriotic citizenry, are growing in number exponentially. Treacherous men and women who are fully supported by socialist liberals and a socialist left wing mainstream media that is conspicuous by its manifest seething hatred of America and all she stands for.

    Not to be ignored are the academia at universities and colleges across North America. Administrators and faculty who fully support and actively promote and cultivate, everything from treason to the facilitation of a renewed Holocaust. The board and faculty at Goshen College now has the distinction of being added to that list of those who whisper poisonous lies into the ears of our children. How proud they must be.

    The United States of America can not suffer this repeated injury much longer. The time has come to look closely at our institutions of higher learning, both in the United States and Canada, and remove from the same, those who would destroy democracy and freedom under the guise of peace, diversity, enlightenment, empowerment and “tolerant inclusion”

    Perhaps these men and women at Goshen College, Indiana, finding life in the United States of America so injurious and unbearable, should pack their bags and move on.

    Perhaps the good men and women of the town of Goshen and the State of Indiana can help them pack.

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

    • Dale Graber

      Don Laird, Superb, couldn’t have said it better myself. Having come from a Mennonite upbringing, I know that their pacifism overrules everything. Most of my family remains Mennonite but would vociferously disagree with the leftists at Goshen College.
      Regards,
      Dale Graber
      CDR USN (Ret)
      Waterford, VA

      • I have known pacifist. Their disdain for violence comes from their deep faith. But not one of them has a hatred for the National Anthem. In fact they sing it with gusto, tears running down their faces. They know that without the freedoms we have their pacifism would be meaningless.

      • Don Laird

        Hello Dale Graber,

        Thank you for the hat tip and be certain there are many Americans who feel as you do.

        I have included below, contacts for the Goshen College and the City of Goshen should you wish to send them your thoughts.

        My best to you and yours.

        Regards, Don Laird
        Edson, Alberta, Canada

        GOSHEN COLLEGE

        James E. Brenneman, President
        Email: president@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7501

        Bill Born, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
        Email: billjb@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7543

        Jim Caskey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
        Email: jimkc@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7556

        Jim Histand, Vice President for Finance
        Email: jimlh@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7456

        Anita Stalter, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
        Email: dean@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7503

        Board of Directors Chair Rick Stiffney
        Email: rick@mhsonline.org

        CITY OF GOSHEN, INDIANA

        Allan Kauffman, Mayor, Goshen, Indiana
        Email: mayor@goshencity.com
        Phone: (home) 574-533-5168 (work) 574-533-9322

        Wade Branson, Police Chief, Goshen, Indiana
        Email: police@goshencity.com
        Phone: 574-533-8661

        Honorable Gretchen Lund, City Court Judge, Goshen, Indiana
        Email: Honorable Gretchen Lund
        Phone: 574-533-9365

      • Don Laird

        Dale Graber,

        Thank you for the hat tip. I am certain there are a great many Americans who feel as we do.

        For far too long and far too often we have tolerated the presence of outrageous ingratitude that takes the very best of a country and spits on that it finds “unacceptable”.

        That sort of self serving, finicky, pick’n’choose attitude is best found in restaurants when selecting garnish for one’s hamburger…..not when meeting a country’s expectations of its citizenry.

        The American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was penned out of the losses suffered by brave men and women fighting to free themselves of a tyrant. It is not an ode to murder or wanton violence.

        If the Mennonites, the muslims or any other group or person find offense in the Star Spangled Banner….they can leave….period….end of story….full stop.

        I have included below the contact information for the Goshen College as well as the city of Goshen.

        I am sure they need to hear your sentiments on this matter.

        Regards, Don Laird
        Edson, Alberta, Canada
        acginc@telus.net

        GOSHEN COLLEGE

        James E. Brenneman, President
        Email: president@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7501

        Bill Born, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
        Email: billjb@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7543

        Jim Caskey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
        Email: jimkc@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7556

        Jim Histand, Vice President for Finance
        Email: jimlh@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7456

        Anita Stalter, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
        Email: dean@goshen.edu
        Phone: (574) 535-7503

        Board of Directors Chair Rick Stiffney
        Email: rick@mhsonline.org

        CITY OF GOSHEN

        Mayor of Goshen
        Allan Kauffman
        Phone: (home) 574-533-5168 (work) 574-533-9322
        Email: allankauffman@goshencity.com

        City Court Judge
        Honorable Gretchen Lund
        Phone: 574-533-9365
        Email: citycourt@goshencity.com

        Goshen Police Chief
        Wade Branson
        Phone:574-533-8661
        Email: 574-533-8661

  • Don Laird

    Dale Graber,

    Thank you for the hat tip. I am certain there are a great many Americans who feel as we do.

    For far too long and far too often we have tolerated the presence of outrageous ingratitude that takes the very best of a country and spits on that it finds “unacceptable”.

    That sort of self serving, finicky, pick’n’choose attitude is best found in restaurants when selecting garnish for one’s hamburger…..not when meeting a country’s expectations of its citizenry.

    The American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was penned out of the losses suffered by brave men and women fighting to free themselves of a tyrant. It is not an ode to murder or wanton violence.

    If the Mennonites, the muslims or any other group or person find offense in the Star Spangled Banner….they can leave….period….end of story….full stop.

    I have included below the contact information for the Goshen College as well as the city of Goshen.

    I am sure they need to hear your sentiments on this matter.

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada
    acginc@telus.net

    GOSHEN COLLEGE

    James E. Brenneman, President
    Email: president@goshen.edu
    Phone: (574) 535-7501

    Bill Born, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
    Email: billjb@goshen.edu
    Phone: (574) 535-7543

    Jim Caskey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
    Email: jimkc@goshen.edu
    Phone: (574) 535-7556

    Jim Histand, Vice President for Finance
    Email: jimlh@goshen.edu
    Phone: (574) 535-7456

    Anita Stalter, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
    Email: dean@goshen.edu
    Phone: (574) 535-7503

    Board of Directors Chair Rick Stiffney
    Email: rick@mhsonline.org

    CITY OF GOSHEN

    Mayor of Goshen
    Allan Kauffman
    Phone: (home) 574-533-5168 (work) 574-533-9322
    Email: allankauffman@goshencity.com

    City Court Judge
    Honorable Gretchen Lund
    Phone: 574-533-9365
    Email: citycourt@goshencity.com

    Goshen Police Chief
    Wade Branson
    Phone:574-533-8661
    Email: police@goshencity.com