Indiana College: No National Anthem at Sporting Events

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A small Indiana college has decided to stop playing the national anthem at sporting events, citing the school's pacifist traditions.


Goshen College, in the small northern Indiana town of Goshen, is affiliated with the Mennonite Church. The church is noted for its pacifism, according to an Associated Press report.

The school never played "The Star-Spangled Banner" at sporting and other events until last year, when it started playing the song followed by a peace prayer. But now that experiment is over.

Many students and faculty at the school were upset with playing the song because its lyrics contain references to using war and military might to defend the country.

Art professor John Blosser told The Goshen News that the school is proud of our country, but most people aren't going to blindly accept what the country does.

Goshen College's board of directors said it will find an alternative way to honor the country.