posted on May, 30 2014 @ 02:37 PM
I just watched the England-Peru match kick-off just now and it's on the wall beyond my laptop screen as I type.
What struck me (as it always does) was the passionate singing of 'God save the Queen' going on by fans before the match started.
It is the national anthem of England, but also the UK, while Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland also have their own anthems for nation specific events.
I'm British, but I've never found myself able to force myself to sing 'God save the Queen' because I'm not a royalist, and I've seen nothing in
my life to draw me towards believing in any gods. That said, I wonder how many of the thousands of fans singing at Wembley tonight actually believe in
gods and want said god/s to save their queen?
The anthem I always sing at public or sporting events is 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' - 'Land of my fathers' in English.
It is always sung in the Welsh language, which I understand quite well having being born, bred and educated in Wales, (English is my first language
though) but I agree with all the words, so I sing it. A very close translation in English is:
The land of my fathers is dear to me,
Old land where the minstrels are honoured and free;
Its warring defenders so gallant and brave,
For freedom their life's blood they gave.
Wales, Wales, true am I to Wales,
While seas secure the land so pure,
O may the old language endure.
Old land of the mountains, the Eden of bards,
Each gorge and each valley a loveliness guards;
Through love of my country, charmed voices will be
Its streams, and its rivers, to me.
Though foe men have trampled my land beneath their feet,
The language of Cambria still knows no retreat;
The muse is not vanquished by traitor's fell hand,
Nor silenced the harp of my land.
...as can be seen, fairly uncontroversial and rooted in the real world, without references to invisible entities or unelected heads of state.
So, I wonder, do all the people who sing 'God save the queen' actually believe any of those words and passionately wish a supernatural force to
protect their 'leader' or is it just a song which nobody actually considers the words of and programming has resulted in compliance in this public
What about those who don't believe in gods? Do you just comply for the crowd, or do you stand silently as I have many times when it has been sung
Are the very words of the anthem an ongoing conspiracy by the state to promote the Anglican church and the monarch who shares the title of Supreme
Governor of the Church of England? What about those who do not believe in gods, like me, singing it would just be a lie.
If your anthem has some gods related lines in it please do feel to share here as it will certainly be on-topic, I'm concerned with the wider issue of
state approved national anthems creating an axiom that gods exist, and the subliminal effect on those who sing such a song.