GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Goshen College's decision to not play the national anthem before sporting events has drawn plenty of criticism despite being in line with the school's Mennonite beliefs.
Goshen public relations director Richard Aguirre says the school has received hundreds of calls and emails about its decision to stop playing the national anthem. Aguirre told The Elkhart Truth that the school is trying to explain its decision to critics who think the decision is unpatriotic.
Several other Mennonite schools do not play the anthem. Professor Don Kraybill at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania says Mennonites believe that their primary allegiance is to God's kingdom, which "supersedes earthly kingdoms."
Goshen College Professor of Mennonite history Steve Nolt says Mennonites are grateful for the privileges that exist in the United States and are not anti-American.
Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.etruth.com