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Friday, July 01, 2016

Against "God Bless America" at ballgames

Aside from the atheism, I could not have said this any better and could not agree more.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 1, 2016 at 08:32 PM in Howard Wasserman, Sports | Permalink

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Word.

I mute the TV or refuse to doff my hat or stand if in person.

I do give a pass to the Philadelphia Flyers for playing it in lieu of the Star Spangled Banner. Back in the day, Kate Smith, herself, performed it at the Spectrum before Flyers' home games. Now, they do a pastiche with a live singer intermixed with footage of Kate Smith.

Posted by: Michael Houghton | Jul 4, 2016 7:44:24 PM

I don't see what the great harm is in singing a song that makes the unwashed masses who believe in God and love this country happy.

Posted by: brad | Jul 5, 2016 7:56:54 PM

Amerikans generally don't get the idea that religion is not "faith" or "belief." Religion is usually a practice, like genuflecting or facing Mecca en masse 5 times a day, or observation of moments of silence, oaths, anthems, pledges, mounting of crosses or 10-commandments monuments on public lands or God affirmations on currency.

All of these practices are totally objectionable on a 1st Amendment basis, especially when they virtually require participation of those who do not share the faith, as is the case with "in God We Trust" and the moments of silence and god-talk on coins and bills.

Posted by: Jimbino | Jul 5, 2016 11:33:19 PM

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