- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland advisory group is recommending changes to the state’s official anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland,” which critics say is divisive for its celebration of the Confederacy.

The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1QrKgCk ) reports that the recently formed State Song Advisory Group issued a report Monday in which the committee members unanimously urged the General Assembly to either change parts of the song or choose a tune that would be played instrumentally only.

The report says that the song isn’t inclusive and doesn’t reflect present-day views.

Frederick County state Delegate Karen Lewis Young submitted legislation in July to have the words of the state song replaced by a poem of the same title. Young says the song celebrates the Confederacy and disparages the Union government, with lyrics such as “Northern scum.”

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com

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