“God Bless America” is a song that offends everyone and must be retired from baseball games, claims an op-ed column in the New York Daily News.
Self-described atheist Gersh Kuntzman wrote in his op-ed column Thursday that it’s time for God to stop blessing America at baseball games. He says when Major League Baseball ordered all teams to play the song after 9/11, he didn’t object, but now “it’s too much.” And he’s especially outraged that fans are asked to rise, remove their caps, and place their hands over their hearts.
“Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land.”
Kuntzman claims the song is divisive. He admits the song includes good things about America, but “also the worst things – self-righteousness, forced piety, earnest self-reverence, and foam.”
He quotes a British man who heard the song at a game: “It’s exactly what I expect from Americans,” he said. “The self-righteousness, the patriotism. It’s always nice to see my opinions confirmed.”
Patriotism is self-righteousness, according to Gersh.
He also admits an objection to “In God we Trust” on the currency and in the courtrooms – “but that’s a fight for another day,” he says.
As an alternative, Gersh recommends the song, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” be played at all baseball games. He’s encouraging people to refuse to rise and refuse to remove their caps when “God Bless America” is sung, as it’s not the national anthem.
He posted a statement on Twitter, saying, “First guns, now I take on god.”
— Gersh Kuntzman (@GershKuntzman) June 30, 2016
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