Why you must never sing The Star-Spangled Banner

Report by Ram Goswami

The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the USA, but spiritually enlightened Aaiyyanists living in the USA must never sing it. Here are the reasons why.

  • 1. The song celebrates the killing of African American slaves who wanted to be free.

The third verse of the Anthem has these lines

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

This line depicts the killing of the Corps of Colonial Marines who were African American escaped slaves who joined and fought on the British side in defense of freedom and anti slavery against Americans. The verse above celebrates their death.

Would you want to sing such a song that celebrates the death of an oppressed people who wanted to be free? This is deeply wrong in a spiritual sense and against the laws of Karma and natural justice.

  • 2. The song was written by Francis Scott Key. He did not like African Americans and referred to them as “a distinct and inferior race of people.”.

He also represented slave-holders attempting to retrieve escaped slaves including prosecuting John Prout, an African American school teacher who helped a young couple attempting to escape to freedom. Francis Scott Key also persecuted Ben Lundy, an editor who published an anti-slavery newspaper. These are some of his many crimes against oppressed African Americans.

Would you sing a song written by this man?

  • 3. Finally The Star-Spangled Banner was first chosen by President Woodrow Wilson to play at military occasions and then signed into law as the national anthem in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover. Both of these Presidents oppressed African Americans.

Wilson re-segregated the federal government and fired African American workers. He refused to appoint African American ambassadors to Haiti as was the standard and also occupied Haiti with American forces to prevent their self determination. He also supported the Ku Klux Klan, a racist organization. Japan also proposed racial equality at the treaty of Versailles at the end of the first world war but this was vetoed by Wilson.

Herbert Hoover also fought against anti-lynching laws. He prevented African Americans joining the air corp and enforced segregation in the army. Hoover also deported/exiled over two million legal American citizens with Spanish/Mexican sounding names.

Would you want to sing a song endorsed by such people?

No, the only answer is to never sing this song when it is played. As Aaiyyanists, we want to maintain peaceful relations with everyone, so it is permissible to ‘pretend’ to sing the anthem but meditate on the Porilian inscriptions below which have the ability to bring about world peace. If you sing this song with conviction you will be committing a Karmic crime against millions of oppressed people now and throughout the ages. This song was only chosen less than a hundred years ago and should be replaced, but in the meantime please meditate on the symbols of peace.