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July 1st, 2011
05:29 PM ET

Pastor explains, 'Why I don't sing the national anthem.'

On Friday, Mennonite pastor Mark Schloneger explained to CNN's Kyra Phillips his objection to singing the 'Star Spangled Banner.'

Early Schloneger wrote about it here on the belief blog. It was a topic that generated a lot of interest and over 4,000 comments.

You can read Schloneger's original post here.


You can read how people responded to the post here.

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  1. James Black

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig&w=640&h=360]
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    July 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • .....

      Don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  2. Reality

    Mennonites- too much inbreeding

    See http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00359580 for details.

    Next topic!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  3. Odessa

    Mennonites are some of the cleanest people on earth.

    July 5, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  4. Etkoom Speerie TootwoOh

    This is July 4th and this preacher is one sick puppy. He and his tribe of Mennonites and his band of idiots at his twisted one-horse college. He living as a parasite in the st**l of those who pay his way in bl**d

    July 5, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  5. Baroda1234

    No where in the Bible says you should not be patriotic. National Anthem is a symbol of our freedom. We fight for the freedom and this nation was founded on fighting for the freedom and America still fight for the freedom. Jesus said, give to Caesar what belongs to him and give to God what belongs to him. In fact Jesus was telling them to be patriotic and obey all the rules and regulations of the nation. I do not know where this pastor got the idea about this. He brings disgrace to the many of the patriotic pastors of the United States and to all the patriotic Christians of this great nation. God bless America.

    July 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • amy

      How do you derive "be patriotic" from the separation of God and Caesar that Jesus clearly stated? Just curious

      July 5, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • Odessa

      Founding Fathers contemplated of construction of the ancient nation Israel a lot when they created America. America is one of the few nations whose ideal can be paralleled to that of Israel.

      July 5, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  6. Odessa

    Anthem means praise song or hymn. Christianity – the Western Civilization's heart and conscience.

    July 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  7. Riyaz Hoosain

    Pastor Uncles memory starts playing tricks with his mind when he sings the National Anthem and he forgets the lines.Therefore I deduce that he makes believable excuses. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all our friends in America from India.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Thaddeus Fideo Crotch

      congratulations on the big treasure find in the Hindu temple! Don't spend it all in one place!

      July 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
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