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Friday, August 13, 2010

The National Anthem is a Demonstration?

In a story perhaps rivaling the idiocy of misguided zero tolerance enforcement, a group of students who spontaneously decided to sing the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial, were ordered by a security guard to stop singing it.

Apparently, regulations are such that displays such as in the area by the memorial they were located are considered a demonstration. Great message to send to our students. Instead of encouraging love and reverence for country, a federal bureaucracy decided to make an issue out of it.

Apparently, the boy scouts weren't available to be ridiculed... ;-)

Students Told to Stop Singing National Anthem at Lincoln Memorial

A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

“They told them to stop singing,” said Evan Gassman, a spokesman for the Young America’s Foundation. “I was taken aback. You wouldn’t expect a display of national patriotism to be censored."

U.S. Park Police confirmed that the students were in violation of federal law and their impromptu performance constituted a demonstration in an area that must remain “completely content neutral.”

“The area they were standing in and singing is an area that is restricted for this type of activity,” said Sgt. David Schlosser. “The United States Park Police is absolutely content-neutral when it comes to any sort of demonstrations in these areas.”


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