This is just sickening. The crackpots in Washington DC won’t even let kids sing the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial. What happened to our country?
Fascinating, isn’t it, how our government determines which laws it will enforce?
(Via Fox News)
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.”
Schlosser explained that performances, regardless of content, are banned to “maintain a contemplative and reverent area for the Lincoln Memorial, for the other guests and visitors.”
“They really did not provide the students a reason,” said Gassman. Balcomb, who is a high school senior, said they didn’t intend on creating a ruckus – they just wanted to show their patriotism.
“It’s not like we sounded great or anything,” he said.
“We just wanted to pay respect to our nation – in our capital.”
Schlosser, who commended the students on their musical ability, said the students were not cited and to his knowledge no report was filed.
“We need to make certain that all other visitors that don’t want to be a part of that or just choose to be tourists are able to do so in the same light that probably President Lincoln wanted – which is completely content neutral,” he said.
So, Sgt. David Schlosser, tell me, how would President Lincoln probably feel about flag burning?
UPDATE: Reader Mark D. sent this:
My daughter and I visited the Lincoln Memorial two weekends ago. While exiting the area a couple of Park Cops were hassling a videographer for no good reason. Only explanation was that he had no permit to use a professional grade camera. They were threatening to write him up. My daughter started taking pictures and only then did they relent. We have the pics if you would like them. More details too. Hate typing on this thing.
What is going on here?
What President Lincoln would have wanted???? The Park Police could use a history lesson like the rest of Washington could. President Lincoln, had he been present, I think would have stopped, stood reverently while they sang, and applauded them with kind words. He would certainly have NOT allowed a group of teenagers to be censored like that while expressing their love for their country.
As one of the high school seniors said, all they wanted to do was pay their respects to our country. Unbelieveable. These young people, first time in Washington, got a small taste of the absurdity that prevails there.