WASHINGTON TIMES — A New York Daily News sports columnist called “God Bless America” a song that “offends everyone” and called the post 9/11 tradition of playing it at baseball games a fascist exercise honoring a god who doesn’t exist.
In a column titled “Major League Baseball must permanently retire ‘God Bless America,’ a song that offends everyone,” columnist Gersh Kuntzman denounced the practice of playing it during the seventh-inning at major-league and other parks along with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and called the song itself silly.
He compared the patriotic ritual to a fascist rally, saying “Part of my outrage stems from ponderous Mussolini-esque introduction of the song, when fans are asked to rise, remove their caps and place them over their hearts.”
It also embodies “our worst things: self-righteousness, forced piety, earnest self-reverence, foam,” he claimed before launching into a several paragraph litany of everyone it supposedly offends. He cited a poll saying that people who dislike the song constitute only 84 percent of people who are “very liberal” and 21 percent of those who call themselves “very conservative.”