Visiting fans who attend a basketball game, or any sporting event, at Goshen College this season may be surprised by the patriotic song they hear over the loudspeakers minutes before tipoff. The Northern Indiana school has decided to play “America the Beautiful” prior to sporting events instead of the “Star-Spangled Banner” because the lyrics better fit the pacifist ideals of a Mennonite campus whose motto is “Healing the World, Peace by Peace.”
What bothered many at Goshen College about the “Star-Spangled Banner” was imagery from the War of 1812 that Francis Scott Key included. Goshen spokesman Richard R. Aguirre told the Chicago Tribune that lyrics such as “the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air” were “inconsistent to the entire message we were trying to send.”
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