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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Frank Bruni
An ESPN panelist describes the national anthem as a militaristic song that should not be played at sporting events.
It's almost Christmas. Lights are up, trees are decked and, where it's still legal, Nativity scenes are on display. This is the time of year when even high school orchestras playing carols to raise money for charity wind up being challenged by atheists who profess to be offended.
The Founding Fathers would be pleased. President Obama, endorsing same-sex marriage, celebrates his becoming fully evolved by citing the golden rule, Christ's admonition to "you know, treat others the way you want to be treated." (Jesus said it better.) Mitt Romney tells an audience of 35,000 at Liberty University's commencement that central to America's global leadership is "our Judeo-Christian tradition."
In a column, with the headline, "Violence, Greed and the Gridiron," Frank Bruni of The New York Times lamented the state of football, including the "bullying" incident.
"All of us have entered into a compact, a conspiracy. For the pleasure the sport gives us, we'll tuck away our reservations about its culture of violence. We'll turn a blind eye to the wreckage," Mr. Bruni wrote.