Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mennonite baseball team plays school's first national anthem

Can you imagine a baseball game starting without the playing of the national anthem?  Yeah, me neither.

But for 53 seasons, that's exactly what happened — or didn't happen, rather — before games played at Goshen College. Then came Tuesday afternoon when the song was played at the small Mennonite school in Indiana for the first time.

I wasn't really aware of this, but the Mennonites have traditionally held a complicated relationship with the national anthem, partly based on the faith's belief that the song glorifies war and partly based on its belief that citizenship with God comes before their citizenship with any nation.

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