Decades of left-wing indoctrination and propaganda have produced this: A high school marching band in the United States of America openly and flagrantly paid tribute to Russia’s communist revolution.
For its halftime performance, the marching band of New Oxford High School (NOHS) in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, commemorated Russia’s 1917 Bolshevik Revolution that began in St. Petersberg. That revolution was the world’s first successful communist revolution that, after a 3-year civil war, installed the Soviet Union, the world’s first Marxist communist state.
Todd Starnes reports for Fox News, Sept. 24, 2012, that the band chose “St. Petersburg: 1917” as its theme for the halftime performance, replete with red flags, olive military-style uniforms, and giant hammers and sickles.
The band’s website features a picture of the group with students holding a huge hammer-and-sickle — a symbol of communism and of the communist party.
A parent, who asked not to be identified, attended a football match at NOHS last Friday with his children and was shocked by what he saw. He alerted Fox News:
“There is no reason for Americans to celebrate the Russian revolution. I am sure the millions who died under Communism would not see the joy of celebrating the Russian revolution by a school 10 miles from Gettysburg. It was Glee meets the Russian Revolution. I’m not kidding you. They had giant hammers and sickles and they were waving them around. Who thought this was a good idea? It would be tantamount to celebrating the music of 1935 Berlin. If I was Lithuanian, Estonian, or Ukrainian, I’d be a little hot. I’d be really hot. It’s insulting to glorify something that doesn’t need to be glorified in America.””
Rebecca Harbaugh, the superintendent for the Conewago Valley School District, told Fox News that the band’s performance was “not an endorsement of communism at all. It’s a representation of the time period in history called St. Petersburg 1917. I am truly sorry that somebody took the performance in that manner. I am. If anything is being celebrated it’s the music. It is what it is. I understand people look at something and choose how to interpret that and I’m just very sorry that it wasn’t looked at as just a history lesson.”
Paul Kengor, the executive director for the Center for Vision & Values at Pennsylvania’s Grove City College, initially thought the halftime performance was a joke. He told Fox News that even if the school was not celebrating the revolution “they seem to be commemorating this to some degree. This is surreal. This is like something out of the Twilight Zone – but it’s even stranger than that. The Bolshevik Revolution launched a global Communist revolution that from 1917 through the 1990s was responsible for the deaths of over a hundred million people. What the Russian revolution unleashed was a nightmare – a historical human catastrophe. This is something that should be condemned and not in any way commemorated or laughed at.”
Gerson Moreno-Riano, a history professor and dean of Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences, told Fox News the performance is shocking: “The Russian revolution was one of the most violent episodes of the 20th Century. Lenin put into place a doctrine of mass terror to crush the opposition and thousands and thousands of people were murdered. [There’s little to celebrate in the 1917 revolution.] It’s full of violence, terror, destruction and in some weeks thousands of people were executed – some thrown with rocks around their necks into the river to drown. It’s quite frankly horrific that a high school would be celebrating that at a football game.”
Moreno-Riano is even more disturbed by the group photograph of the band in front of the hammer and sickle: “To raise the emblems of the hammer and sickle – the emblems of so much violence, destruction and terror – is a lack of knowledge of history.”
In the best case scenario, he said the editors were simply ignorant of the era. “The worst case scenario is someone who is trying to celebrate something they know about – and they’re trying to insert this into their educational agenda.”
Here’s contact info for New Oxford High School:
Address: 130 Berlin Road, New Oxford, PA 17350
Phone: (717) 624-2157 ext. 2004 or 2005
NOHS principal Kevin Thomas
School Principal: Kevin Thomas
Top left is NOHS athletic director Ken Shafer (Photo source)
Athletic Director: Ken Shafer
Ph: (717) 624-2157 ext. 2016
Superintendent Rebecca Harbaugh (r). (Photo source)
Here’s contact info for Superintendent Rebecca Harbaugh of the Conewago Valley School District:
130 Berlin Road New Oxford, PA 17350
Telephone (717) 624-2157 | Fax (717) 624-5020
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