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The Star Spangled Banner - An Anthem For Freedom... And Slavery

John R. Burbank | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
John R. Burbank

What Francis Scott Key was describing was a land of the free and a home of the brave for white people - the freemen, and a land of the unfree for the enslaved black people of the United States.

Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson, 1775 Heated debate has arisen throughout the nation as a result of Colin Kaeperni...

The National Anthem Question

Robert F. Walsh | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Robert F. Walsh

I'll admit my first reaction was disappointment when San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem before a preseason game because he didn't feel pride in a country oppressing people of color.

The Real Controversy over the National Anthem

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Colin Kaeperneck's refusal to stand during the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner" is only the latest in a series of rows over Francis Scott Key's v...

How The National Anthem Continues To Unite The United States Each And Every School Year

Mia Toschi | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
Mia Toschi

Four years ago, I created the National Anthem Sing-Along with a dream that all students would understand the feeling of being "united" as a country, as we were in the days, weeks, and months after September 11, 2001.

Kaepernick and the Fight for Freedom

Rick Ayers | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Rick Ayers

We don't owe the troops thanks for preserving our freedoms; we owe them an apology, a huge apology, for tricking them into wars that were not in their interests or the country's.

Restitch the Star-Spangled Banner!

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Rabbi David Seidenberg

The third verse of the Star Spangled Banner, which curses escaped slaves to the grave for joining with the British, is going from obscure to infamous, thanks in part to Jon Schwarz's article on The Intercept about Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand for the national anthem.

An Open Letter To Colin Kaepernick

Lauren Harris | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Lauren Harris

In a matter of weeks, this whole scandal will blow over and you will be sitting on the sideline for other reasons. I hope that you still oppose the oppression in all of its forms. I pray, however, that you will fight it more rationally, productively and nobly.

Between The Fourth Of July And Labor Day

Dana McKenna | Posted 07.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dana McKenna

After all, it does cover an octave and one fifth -- not typically in anyone's regular range unless they sing often; and although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. These words, however, are known to virtually every American older than a second-grader:

Woman Slays Singing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ At Lincoln Memorial

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.28.2016 | Good News

Tourists at the Lincoln Memorial were treated to a major performance. A video of a tourist killing it with an impromptu rendition of the national anth...

T-Pain Singing Without Auto-Tune Is Surprisingly Wonderful

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment

T-Pain, rapper best known for his excessive use of auto-tune and spending life on a boat, shocked us all this week when he proved he could actually si...

And the Banner Yet Waves

Stampp Corbin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Black Voices
Stampp Corbin

The flag was not ripped down, it was ceremoniously lowered, furled and taken to a museum of Confederate relics. The ceremony itself was the final insult to every African American in the United States. There was no shame displayed as the flag was taken down, simply honor.

Let's Stop Using the National Anthem at Sporting Events

Alan Colmes | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Alan Colmes

Jamie Foxx is being heavily criticized for his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Saturday night's fight. How about stopping this false display of patriotism altogether? What does two people beating the bejesus out of each other have to do with "the rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air"?

Blind Teen With Cerebral Palsy Sings Show-Stopping National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.08.2015 | Teen

Marlana VanHoose, who has cerebral palsy and was born blind, can sing like a Grammy Award-winning superstar. The 18-year-old, from Denver, Kentucky...

Two-Year-Old Sings Hilariously Adorable Rendition Of The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.27.2015 | Good News

Few celebrities have a stage presence as commanding as Trent Harris. Trent is only 2 years old, and though he fumbled a bit with both the lyrics an...

Canadian Hockey Fans Rescue U.S. National Anthem, Prove They're The Nicest

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Sports

A stadium-full of Canadian fans showed some real neighborly sportsmanship this week when they raised their voices in unison to finish the U.S. nationa...

Proof That Nobody Knows The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Comedy

This past weekend marked the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," so Jimmy Kimmel had his cameras hit the streets to see how many people a...

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

FLASHBACK: Marvin Gaye Delivers Iconic Anthem At 1983 NBA All-Star Game

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports

There will never be another Marvin Gaye. There is only one "The Star-Spangled Banner." When these two American originals crossed paths, the result was...

I'll Take You to the Moon and Back

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Let's talk about another prominent American hero who had a love for God... Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. July 21, 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. Aldrin did something very special when he and Armstrong landed the lunar module on the moon.

The Star Spangled Banner Actually Says That?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

I often have people tell me that those involved in the early history of our country were not followers of the Christian faith. If I had more time I w...

Daily Meditation: Independence

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Sonic Story: Putting Together the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 09.01.2014 | New York
Shoshana Greenberg

Friday night, my voice will be part of the chorus as the 38th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks erupt over New York City's East River and Brooklyn Bridge.

10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker & Todd Van Luling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Just in case you want to be *that* person.

Neymar's Quest, Müller's Blunderbuss, Oranje Power, Mercurial Messi, Yankee Doodle Dempsey... and, 'The Powerful Play Goes On'

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The soccer gods must be smiling down on World Cup 2014, with bright, sparkling contests, a cascade of wicked goals, and a dash of controversy.