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a respectful moment ruined

so MITRE just held a moment of silence to honor the terrorism victims. In the middle, I notice the photographer merrily taking pictures of everyone. That just seemed in horribly bad taste. And then everyone sang God Bless America and said the pledge of allegiance - good intentions, I know, but I have ethical objections to taking part in either. Couldn't we have sung the Star Spangled Banner instead? *sigh*

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antimony
Sep. 14th, 2001 09:21 am (UTC)
I do wish there were a good, non-religious patriotic song for such occasions. America the Beautiful is probably my favorite, despite the bits with God and Brotherhood. The Star-Spangled Banner is just a little too militaristic for me.

Of course, there's always "Grand Old Flag", which was the one I always chose in elementary school when it was my turn to lead the pledge-and-patriotic-song thing. No mentions of God, war, or non-inclusive language, but it's a bit, uh, too bouncy to ever be a solemn patriotic air.

And I really, really wish they'd take "under god" back out of the pledge, so that people wouldn't look at me funny when I omit it.
jnanacandra
Sep. 14th, 2001 09:24 am (UTC)
And now I've got GBA stuck in my head! Aaaaah!
leora
Sep. 14th, 2001 12:12 pm (UTC)
Personally, I like the Star Spangled Banner least of all. It's militaristic and religious. I admit, at least the first verse doesn't mention "God" but that only redeems it a little bit.

"No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave"

"Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation
Then conquer we must, for our cause is just
And this be our motto--"In God is our trust.""
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