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Darryl Weathers Wouldn’t Like College’s Decision To Not Perform National Anthem

While I cannot say for certain, nor can I confirm it one way or the other, as, you know, South Park resident Darryl Weathers is an imaginary animated character, but as a red-blooded, patriotic American, my guess is he would be extremely unhappy with Goshen College’s decision to stop playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to sporting events, instead opting to play “America the Beautiful.” In fact, I suspect the passionate Mr. Weathers would say something like, “DEY TOOK UR NATIONAL ANTHEM-SINGING JERBS!” which would be kind of weird since wouldn’t those jobs be replaced with jobs for people singing “America the Beautiful”? Kind of makes you wonder why I even took this route to introduce this story, doesn’t it? Oh well, can’t change it now. What do you mean, “Use the delete button.” That’s kooky talk. And look at that guy. He’s funny. DEY TOOK UR JERBS! Yes, I know that is a super old reference as well. Sigh.

Moving on, the move by Goshen College, a Mennonite Church-affiliated school located in northern Indiana, to replace the traditional playing of the national anthem with “America the Beautiful” prior to sporting events is sure to create an unnecessary level of controversy and an unneeded amount of hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth. But the school’s president, Jim Brenneman, argues that “America the Beautiful” is more fitting and in line with the school’s pacifist traditions.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

Leaders of the 1,000-student college decided in June to quit playing an instrumental version “The Star-Spangled Banner” after starting to do so for the first time last year.

Some students and graduates were against the song being played because its lyrics contain references to using war to defend the country.

As alluded to above, this change in protocol at silly sporting events is well within the rights of a private institution and the decision shouldn’t generate controversy. But it will. To make another South Park reference: America…well, you know the rest.

Indiana college will play ‘America the Beautiful’ instead of national anthem [Chicago Tribune]