The decision by Goshen College, a Mennonite college in Goshen, Indiana, to not play the National Anthem at school sporting events, has people talking, from Indiana to Arizona.
The school has allowed an instrumental version of the song to be played for the last year or so, with no vocals, but now they don’t even want that. The school’s board of directors feels that the Star-Spangled Banner, with its references to “rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air” is too violent and celebrates war, and could offend some students or visiting athletes from other schools.
Hey, what about me? I’m offended! Doesn’t that count?
I’m offended for my father, who was wounded while fighting in the South Pacific during World War II. I’m offended for my Uncle Chuck, who was killed in action in North Africa during the same war. I’m offended for my cousin Bob and his brother Burt, who were both wounded in Vietnam. I’m offended for myself, when I see the bullet holes and the other scars on my body. I’m offended for every American military man and woman, past, present, and future.
It’s because of the violence of war that these pinheads have the freedom to be offended by those words! It’s because brave Americans fought and died for them, that they can make such stupid decisions.
War is a terrible, ugly thing, and nobody hates war more than the guy who has had to fight it. But, unfortunately, war is also necessary sometimes. War is what won our freedom. War is what ended slavery. War is what stopped the Nazis. War is what brought down tyrants and terrorists like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. The world will always have evil people in it, and sometimes it takes war to stop them. That’s reality, and if reality offends you, you need a lot more than a college education. You need surgery to remedy your bad case of cranial-rectal inversion!
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