Time to Turn Off National Anthem Before Sports Events

Posted February 9th, 2011 by Thrain

On Capitol Hill one June day in 1955, moments after what was dubbed as a premiere of The Pledge of Allegiance set to music, House members in attendance and gallery spectators looking on engaged in a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

I thought this was an

Thrain 4 years 15 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago

I thought this was an interesting op-ed especially on a sports page. I think it's been said on FTL (or maybe it was another show I listen to?) that the real religion of the US is patriotism. Certainly the comments to the author's opinion piece show that to be true. It's a scary fundamentalist religion as well. The author doesn't say stop singing the anthem for the reasons a voluntarist might. He just says let's sing a different song and let's respect the song we sing. For that he is labeled a heretic.

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