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California High School Bans National Anthem for Being 'Racist' and 'Outdated'
Topic Started: February 14, 2018, 12:08 pm (649 Views)
M. Hawbaker
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Student leaders at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area have decided that the national anthem is racist and outdated and have banned it from school rallies.

According to multiple area news outlets, the Associated Student Body at California High School in San Ramon made that decision based on a phrase in the rarely-played third verse.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/13/san-ramon-california-high-school-bans-racist-natio/
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barb43
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Wish Martha Stewart was My Sister!
I'd have to move ... or start a war, if that happened here. :ohno This is one of those things I really, really feel strongly about.
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It's really much to do about nothing. Their desire to erase history by ignoring it shall be futile. They are offended by one word in the third verse which almost nobody knows nor ever sings.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Personally, I have long liked the fourth verse which to me has merit beyond the others:

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


But I suppose that fourth verse also offends their sensibilities. Which is much to the point as so many worthy young men split their blood in wars to insure those liberals have the right to object. As they say, freedom is not free. But a day of reckoning is coming in which the very God they eschew will be their judge. Then how much will their puerile pettiness matter.

My 2¢ worth,
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barb43
February 14, 2018, 12:23 pm
I'd have to move ... or start a war, if that happened here. :ohno This is one of those things I really, really feel strongly about.
:thumb I am there with you Barb.
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