William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 7, June, 2011

The Star Spangled Banner is Considered Inappropriate at Goshen College.

Filed under: Overheard — williamthecoroner @ 08:20

Goshen College in Indiana is a Mennonite institution, and the National Anthem doesn’t jibe with it’s values.  As this is a matter of conscience, there’s not really much one can say.  I will point out though, that the freedom to act on one’s conscience was bought by the sacrifice of 610,000  in the Civil War; 116,708 Americans in 1917-1918, and 418,500 Americans from 1941-1945, among others.


  1. I’d be voting with my feet… I’d be outta there…

    Comment by Old NFO — Tuesday, 7, June, 2011 @ 19:44 | Reply

  2. I feel sorry for the students who missed the history of the Mennonite faith’s pacifism. Seniors in High School do not have the reading comprehension or grasp of history of their predecessors. However, to be crystal clear, the school has written on their landing page: “At Goshen, we’re passionate about making peace. If you believe in care of the earth and care of one another, if you put your faith and God before anything else, this is the college for you. We’re for people who want to serve the world with joy in the name of peace.”

    So, this is not the United States Naval Academy. And freedom of choice is one of the reasons they’ve fought to preserve our country. It’s one of the reasons I’ve lost sections of my family, beginning in the Revolutionary War. (War of 1812 is missing from your list btw. But I’m full of snark tonight.)

    If Brigham Young University can keep its Honor Code, then I can’t really complain about a Mennonite University: http://saas.byu.edu/catalog/2010-2011ucat/GeneralInfo/HonorCode.php#HCOfficeInvovement. Apparently the staff has to follow the code too, so it’s consistent.

    Other religious institutions have their own codes. Vote with your education dollars, and vote with your alumni dollars. But don’t expect religious institutions to change their moral codes overnight. The Mennonites are actually used to people getting shirty about their beliefs. And then they’ve improved the world doing the work of conscientious objectors: http://articles.philly.com/1994-12-29/news/25856084_1_conscientious-objectors-state-mental-hospital-community-based-mental-health-clinics

    Comment by rj — Wednesday, 8, June, 2011 @ 21:45 | Reply

    • True, I personally would not attend BYU, nor would I attend Goshen College, as I don’t share those values that passionately. It strikes me, though, that their very freedom to choose was bought by the blood sacrifice of others. So they get the benefits of the sacrifice and (I perceive, and I may be wrong) the ability to look down on those who made the sacrifice that they benefit from. As I recall, Pete Seeger was a pacifist, but when the chips were down his service was in the Army.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Thursday, 9, June, 2011 @ 07:08

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