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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Goshen College In Indiana Bans Star Spangled Banner As Being Too Violent- Contact Info Provided

Update below post with a list of board of directors names and contact info for the board chair. Have at them.

Goshen College
1700 South Main Street
Goshen, Indiana 46526

Toll free: 1 (800) 348-7422
Local: (574) 535-7000

Dean’s Office
Phone: (574) 535-7503
Fax: (574) 535-7060

Other contact info here.

NBC Washington reports:

Tiny Goshen College in Indiana has banned the "The Star Spangled Banner: at all sporting events because the Mennonite school's president considers the National Anthem's words to be too violent.

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.”

The words were already banned, but now the music is unacceptable to this school as well.

The Star Spangled Banner is considered the national anthem of the United States of America.It was accepted as such by public demand for the next century or so, but became even more accepted as the national anthem during the World Series of Baseball in 1917 when it was sung in honor of the brave armed forces fighting in the Great War. The World Series performance moved everyone in attendance, and after that it was repeated for every game. Finally, on March 3, 1931, the American Congress proclaimed it as the national anthem, 116 years after it was first written.

Yet the music alone is too "violent" for the clowns running the show at Goshen College.

Lyrics found here.

I say patriotic Americans should let the idiots of Goshen College know what they think of this.

[Update] Since the order came from the board of directors, perhaps that contact information should be available as well.

Please direct any correspondence to Rick Stiffney, Board Chair, at

List of board of directors and upcoming meetings.

  • Paul Bast

    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

  • Philip E. Bontrager, vice chair

    Archbold, Ohio

  • Miriam F. Book

    Henderson, Neb.

  • Conrad Clemens

    Tucson, Ariz.

  • Calenthia Dowdy

    Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Rose Gillin

    Goshen, Ind.

  • Felipe Hinojosa

    College Station, Texas

  • Ken Hochstetler

    Souderton, Pa.

  • Ivorie G. Lowe

    Markham, Ill.

  • Timothy Oyer

    Boston, Mass.

  • Faith Penner

    Harper, Kan.

  • Rick Stiffney, chair

    Goshen, Ind.

  • Karen Maxam Weaver

    Edwardsburg, Mich.

Upcoming board meetings:

October 14-15

February 17-18
June 1-2
October 12-13