Gladly, the decision has been made to forego singing the National Anthem at sporting events at GC. Here is the email that was sent to college constituencies:
Dear Goshen College students, faculty, staff members, alumni and friends,
Good afternoon. Thank you for your continuing interest in the success and future of Goshen College. I am writing today to inform you of the outcome of the Goshen College Board of Directors’ review of the decision to allow the playing of the National Anthem before select athletic events at Goshen College.
Following months of prayerful consideration, the Board, in consultation with President Brenneman, has asked the President to find an alternative to playing the National Anthem that fits with sports tradition, that honors country and that resonates with Goshen College’s core values and respects the views of diverse constituencies. The Board is committed to advancing with President Brenneman the vision for Goshen College to be recognized as an influential leader in liberal arts education with a growing capacity to serve a theologically, politically, racially and ethnically diverse constituency both within and beyond the Mennonite church. The Board also affirmed the leadership of President Brenneman.
I invite you to read the Board’s Statement of Decision at: http://www.goshen.edu/anthem/docs/anthem-decision-statement.pdf The college’s website www.goshen.edu/anthem has the background and context of this complex issue.
In reaching this decision, the Board considered extensive feedback received during a six-month “Listen & Learn” process, which included an e-survey sent to alumni, faculty, staff, and students, a series of on-campus conversations and nine regional alumni gatherings. The Board considered the excellent report from the Listen & Learn Steering Committee as well as the comments submitted by many of you since the President’s Council made the anthem decision in January 2010. The Board decided this issue based on clear criteria.
The Board has a diversity of views on this issue as reflected throughout the process of considering the anthem. The Board itself struggled with significant differences and conflicting perspectives, so this decision was not easy and took many hours of discernment and prayer. Our resolution represents our best effort to find a path of wisdom that we could endorse together.
Board members acknowledge that not all constituents will be satisfied by this decision. Still, we have faith that all of us are united in love, loyalty and support for the mission of Goshen College. We also agree about making Goshen a place that makes people feel welcome and which holds Christ-centered core values and academics as its most important priorities. In closing, I invite your prayers for the college, its leadership, students, faculty, staff and alumni as we prepare for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Peace and blessings,
Naturally, all of the right-wing wackos went berserk, such as Rick Moran and his nutwing followers, the blowhards at HotAir and of course the Fair and Un-Balanced at Fox, falsely claiming that the Anthem was "banned".
Suffice it to say that the College should have never gone down the Anthem path - perhaps there will now be rekindled interest in singing the Alma Mater at sporting events, like in the 'good old days.'