N. Ind. college to review playing national anthem

Published 12:46 am Friday, May 27, 2011

A small Indiana college that began playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the first time at sporting events last year plans to review next month whether to continue the practice.

Goshen College’s board of directors is set to meet in early June to evaluate the practice an playing an instrumental version of the national anthem, followed by a peace prayer, before games and other events. The Elkhart Truth reports that an announcement is expected soon after a decision is made.

Some at the 1,000-student college with ties to the Mennonite Church were upset with the school’s decision last year because of the song’s lyrics contain references to using war and military might to defend the country. The board will review feedback and reports collected by the college over the past year.

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