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Ibbetson: Goshen College Declares War on National Anthem

By Paul A. Ibbetson

Officials at Goshen College, a Mennonite college in Indiana, have banned the use of the Star-Spangled Banner during sporting events. The reason school officials gave for the ban was that America’s National Anthem was deemed too violent. Specifically, according to Todd Starnes of FOX News, the school’s online fact sheet stated, “Historically, playing the national anthem has not been among Goshen College’s practices because of our Christ-centered core value of compassionate peacemaking seeming to be in conflict with the anthem’s militaristic language.” Professor John Blosser, an art instructor at Goshen, attempted to clarify the school’s opposition to the national anthem by saying, “It’s obviously about a battle. It’s rather violent. It’s about using violence to conquer and that would be something that many people would have problems with.”

It is always interesting to listen to liberals’ attempts to legitimize their attacks on traditional America. In this case, Professor Blosser would do well to study the history of the national anthem. Contrary to the professor’s statement, the National Anthem is not a song with aggressive, imperialistic undertones. The reality is that the lyrics of the National Anthem were written by Francis Scott Key and were based on the American defense of Fort McHenry from British attack during the War of 1812. Before liberal pacifists like Blosser declare war on the national anthem in places beyond Goshen University, maybe we should take a moment to examine the actual lyrics:

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
’Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust;”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!-
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The Star-Spangled Banner defines patriotism through love of flag and country within the context of defending the nation. In this situation, conquering the British was simply defending the homeland and its representing flag. Our country’s national anthem is not a song about invasion. This strongly contrasts from Blosser’s alluding that the anthem has an association with imperialistic violence. Furthermore, when we take a look at the Star-Spangled Banner in its entirety, there is little doubt that the song itself is an acknowledgment of our country’s indebtedness to God to save us in times of war and deliver us to the blessed peace found in victory.

The U.S. national anthem is a song worthy of being sung in any church pew alongside well-known hymns such as Onward Christian Soldiers. In fact, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, a Civil War hymn, is commonly found in mainstream Christian songbooks throughout the United States. In reality, Americanism, patriotism and Christianity are not negative forces opposing one another in this country; they are the intermingled essence of what has made, and continues to make us unique. If we wish to see America move into the future with the same spirit that is portrayed in our national anthem, we need to defeat the ideological foes that wish to destroy all we hold dear. We must defeat the modern-day liberal, even when they are presented as conservative religious groups. This is a time of choosing, a time of required action. To remain free today, we must also be brave and hold our banner—and all it represents—high.

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Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of several books including the 2010 release “Oliver’s Tale: A Squirrel’s Story of Love, Courage, and Revolution.” Paul is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 award-winning radio program, Conscience of Kansas airing on KSDB Manhattan 91.9 FM, www.ibbetsonusa.com. For interviews or questions, please contact him at ibbetson91.9@gmail.com

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  1. fallschComment by fallsch
    June 16, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    While I agree with what you are saying in this article, I have to ask this question.  When did liberals ever worry about facts getting in the way of their agenda?
    Passionate pleas and thuggery is all they have.

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  2. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    June 16, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    I hope we don’t give any money to this anti American school. If we do we should it should be halted. On top of that no government supported scholarships should be giving to students to attend this institution. They have perverted the meaning of the Star Spangled Banner and spit in the faces of those brave Americans who defend this Great nation and the desecrate the memories of those who died to win their independence and protect the freedoms that we they take for granted.
     
    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! !

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      June 17, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      Agreed. As long as they don’t get any taxpayer funding, this is almost bearable. Their freedom to worship as they choose did not come by way of pacifism, but perhaps they consider violence a neccessary evil, if it serves their purposes.

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      June 17, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      I would never send any of my kids to this school.

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  3. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    June 16, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    These Liberal Educators have as much misunderstanding of the difference between War for Defense and war of aggression, as they do the difference between their misunderstanding of the difference between Love and Lust, or the Jobs of government which is Justice, and the Church which is Mercy.

    He who loves the most is always the weakest.

    He who loves the least is always the strongest.

    In their weak Liberal insane confusion of lust for Love, they would turn our government which was designed for strength into the weakest, when in the course of human events it was never designed for love and mercy but for strength and protection. Liberals through their emotional appeals to Social Justice, Love and mercy would and HAVE weakened our government through misguided emotional attempts at Government mercy, a quality that our government was NEVER designed for. In the process we have received from our government neither REAL Justice nor REAL Mercy. Let the Church and the people turning to whatever GOD they worship deal with the bankrupting arena of Mercy and let US as a nation redefine the role of government again as one of strength which may mean government may need to lead more and love less in order to remain strong enough to defend “WE THE PEOPLE” from both our enemies without and our debilitating Progressive Socialist enemies within.

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    • usnblueComment by usnblue
      June 16, 2011 @ 11:09 am

      The greater shame belongs to the churches, for despising God’s Commandments and trying to curry favor with a culture of covetousness. The “mainline” churches are most to blame, although quite a few “evangelical” churchmen have hopped on the redistribution bandwagon.
      Some of these hypocrites have the audacity to call theft “charity.” We must help our fellow man, they say. But where is the charity in helping someone with our neighbor’s money? This smacks of Judas Iscariot exalting himself by griping that the precious ointment poured on Jesus’ head should have been sold, and the money given to the poor. (John 12:4-6) Judas was so high-minded and holy, he was willing to help the poor to the last drop of Mary’s money!
      Those who don’t want to be taken for Judas shouldn’t talk like him.

      We call ourselves Christians, most of us: but let us get a whiff of someone else’s money, and we trample God’s Commandments.
      Thou shalt not steal.
      Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s.
      But half of us believe it’s all right for the government to steal, as long as the politicians share the plunder with us. And we believe such a thing because our exalted leaders—not just the brigands occupying public office, but our so-called educators, our “news” media, and even a great number of our theologically-challenged churchmen—have inflamed us with a spirit of covetousness.

      God’s Commandments are not situational. It doesn’t say, “Thou shalt not steal, except from someone who’s richer than you.”
      Do you think it’s not stealing, if the government does it on your behalf, through taxation? Do you think it’s “social justice” when one man works and Congress confiscates the fruit of his labor and doles it out to others?

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      June 16, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

      As Jesus Said, The Poor will always be with us, as was God’s design for them to serve as examples of how not to live. When socialist progressives turn from the God of Real to the God of Self, then anything goes including “Give us Barabbas!” The new secular self-God Government from whom ALL blessings must flow has to first entrap and ensnare their victims into a false sense of security with dependency not on the God of Truth but of the new Liberal Progressive beguiler Politician. It is the new self-proclaimed self-Gods alone who have the wisdom and ability to dispense the wealth of Gods Stewardship on earth, regardless of the original laws of nature or God’s inherent laws of punishment and reward, not to mention actual consequences for one’s poor life choices.

      What they fail to understand is that those who would make God laugh would first make a 5 year plan, whom later God drives mad as the Self-Gods must first destroy their conscience, which is the vehicle God uses to speak to the human soul, in order to allow them to live with the despicable things they do in the darkness ( Anthony Weiner/Bill Clinton/Barney Frank etc. )

      The wolves in sheep’s clothing have taken over the flock both in Washington D.C. and many pulpits as well.

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  4. ClarkCComment by ClarkC
    June 16, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    These people are pacifists. I don’t agree with pacifism, but so what? What business is it of ours what they do at their sporting events? We used to have a saying when I was young, “It’s a free country.” You don’t hear that saying much any more. Mostly, because of leftists who want to enforce their speech codes and PC, but also because of police chiefs in Kansas who think they need to write a whole column about a pacifist school in Indiana that is none of their business.
     
    News flash: In a truly free country, there will be others who disagree with you. Conservatives used to defend the right of free association and the right of PRIVATE organizations, such as private colleges, to do what they want as long as they are not harming others. Now, apparently, “conservatives” are obligated to attack pacifists. Just agree to disagree, ignore them, and move on with your life.
     

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      June 16, 2011 @ 10:21 am

      We can abide pacifists so long as they are not in the position to influence our national defense and our national interests. These Mennonite pacifists should listen to Saint Paul and put on the armor of God;

      Ephesians 6: 13
      Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.”

      It is the secular Progessive deceptions that is the real American enemy within, and will only be defeated with Judeo/Christian based Constitutional truths. This is a battle that the American inspired can no longer afford to run from.

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  5. usnblueComment by usnblue
    June 16, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    . …”“Historically, playing the national anthem has not been among Goshen College’s practices because of our Christ-centered core value of compassionate peacemaking….” Professor Blosser would do well to study the bible as well because the bible is replete with violence and battles.  

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  6. CowgirlComment by Cowgirl
    June 16, 2011 @ 10:48 am
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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 16, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

      Where’s the comment?

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  7. Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
    June 16, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Frankly, while I believe these Mennonite’s are terribly misguided, it is their right to believe whatever they choose to believe.

    I’m really glad that you took the time to write out all four verses of the Star Spangled Banner.  Many people, including prominant performers, can’t even remember the words to the first verse.  It’s a wonderful poem.  The only problem I have with it is the musical version that exceeds most people’s vocal range.  If only someone had come up with a fitting tune that we could comfortably sing.  Sigh!

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    • Agent OrangeComment by Agent Orange
      June 16, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

      The Mennonites, Quakers, Jehovahs et al. are just as much of an internal enemy as the ragheads, only in a different sense.  And our oath of citizenship REQUIRES all of us to FIGHT against our nation’s enemies, BOTH EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL.

      As for a tune that you can comfortably sing, how does “This Land” grab you?  Or if you think it sounds too rustic (which it does), then how about “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”?  (It was actually proposed as a national anthem way back when, but rejected because they said it sounds too much like the British anthem “God Save the Queen”.)

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  8. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    June 16, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    These people, the Mennonites, and possibly the rest of the Anabaptists, have never heard the history of how the National Anthem was written. See link.

    http://www.myspace.com/video/smittys-place/the-star-spangled-banner-like-you-39-ve-never-heard-it/21689194

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      June 17, 2011 @ 9:34 am

      And in what other country would they permitted to exercise their “freedom” in this way?
      Thank you for your service to our great country, vietnamvet.

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  9. denialatorComment by denialator
    June 16, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.- Samuel Adams

    “The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.” – Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924)

    Eisenhower on Free Speech: “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

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  10. davnkatzComment by davnkatz
    June 16, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    Talk about religious hyprocrisy!  In the Gospels, Jesus is reported as saying “Rnder unto God the things that are God’s and unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”. Caesar = government.  Taxes belong to the government.  Wanna bet that bunch of Mennonites hang onto their tax-exempt status with everything they have?

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 16, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

      I’ve got an idea. Let Professor Blosser write his own national anthem since he dislikes the present one so much. Then let the students vote on which one they like better. Something tells me his would come out on the short end of the votes.

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  11. EveComment by Eve
    June 16, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    I hope this school is teaching correct history to the students, Mennonite or not. This might be something the parents need to check on. As for our national anthem and violence, how do these professors dignify their existence as free Americans won by the bloodshed of our fore fathers? Would they rather we did not have independence if it is bought by violence? Where on earth do they think they are living and reaping the rewards of a free society? Would they rather be under the yoke of dictatorship? Do they believe the people that right now today are fighting for freedom and yes, oh yes, using violence to do so are wrong to fight to escape the squalid lives they are forced to live? How dare they imply ANYTHING against our fathers who fought and died so they can live free. How dare they pretend to be holier than thou in their well protected safe lives bought by the blood of our brave men and women who risk their lives for all of us. Come down from your bigoted ivory towers for a moment and take a look at the world around you. Shame, shame on you to denounce the symbol of your very freedom. Shame on you to disgrace our holy Father who has blessed this country with so much and whom Francis Scott Key wrote of because this country was built on the Christian religion and through the grace of our God in heaven.

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  12. CapnoverComment by Capnover
    June 16, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    If these jerks are so set against violence, why are they holding sporting events?  Aren’t these event designed to pit one side against the other….kinda hinting at a battle?  Just the thing our limp-wristed Ms. Blosser is so decidedly against.
    These un-American pukes like him/her need to be be shown the door  And heaven help the hapless graduates of this cesspool of stupidity.  They have no clue of the greatness they are about to inherit in the form of MY United States of America.

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  13. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    June 16, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    Just simply ban Goshen College from the United States of America.

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  15. Dick OComment by dicko33
    June 17, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    I used to live in Milford, a town south of Goshen. Goshen College is Mennenonite, which is related to the Amish. I have lived in Napanee and Goshen [Elkhart county] for about 10 years, back in the ‘70s through ‘80s. I used to work with MANY of them, talk about hypercrites! Their ‘religion’ SAYS one thing, but they do something else!

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      June 17, 2011 @ 9:34 am

      The Mennonites have always been that way. Even the Amish look down on them in that respect.
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! !

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