Following this idiotic “logic” — using the term loosely — could we then accuse this professor of anti-Semitism for attacking a song written by Irving Berlin, who was a Russian Jewish immigrant?
A professor from Ithaca College in New York argues that the song “God Bless America” should not be played at sporting events because it is a “warmongering song.”
Professor Stephen Mosher, who teaches in the Department of Communications Studies, wrote an op-ed for The Ithacan titled “Sporting events don’t need national anthem,” in which he complains that after the events of September 11, 2001, “expressions of hyper-patriotism took hold,” including the “warmongering song ‘God Bless America’” becoming our second, unofficial anthem….
Shifting gears, Mosher turns to the “pregame patriotic rituals” that he claims arose during the Gulf War, a practice that was significantly expanded following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying that “In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, the expressions of hyper-patriotism took hold,” and “Irving Berlin’s warmongering song ‘God Bless America’ became our second, unofficial national anthem at the ballpark.”
Mosher believes that such demonstrations have “changed our ‘philosophy’ about what it means to be an ‘American,’” and in fact “serve to minimize what real patriotism looks like,” pointing out that even the Department of Defense has “stated explicitly that there is no requirement to stand or to place one’s hand over one’s heart” during the national anthem….
Mosher elaborated on his description of “God Bless America” as a “warmongering” song in an interview with Campus Reform, contrasting “the well-known Irving Berlin’s God Bless America vs. Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land in the run up to WWII.”
“Playing the National Anthem before a sporting event is a political statement,” he added. “If we insist that sport and politics shouldn’t mix, then stop playing the anthem.”