[Video] Children’s Choir Silenced Mid-Anthem at Capitol: Singing Now a ‘Protest’

The performance of the National Anthem by a children’s choir in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol was abruptly halted by the Capitol Police, who justified their interruption by categorizing the singing of the national anthem as a form of protest.

The children’s choir group, Rushingbrook Children’s Choir, traveled to Washington, D.C., to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the hall and to receive a Capital tour. The choir had received prior approval to sing the patriotic song and other short patriotic songs inside the historic Statuary Hall.

This all changed when the capital police stopped the performers in the middle of their performance to tell them that their singing was an act of protest, despite getting approval for the concert and getting the correct permit.

The representatives that were involved in getting the children to sing there and to approve of their visit were South Carolina’s representatives, Russell Fry, Joe Wilson, and William Timmons, and had all expressed support of the performance prior.

Christina Chapman Heffernan, an attendee of the event, said the following after the incident:

We’ve been stopped in the middle of the Star Spangled Banner while here in the Capitol even though we were approved for this concert. Certain Capitol police said it might offend someone/cause issues. We respect authority but we should have been allowed to sing because of the multi-level approval we already got from 3 representatives involved: Russell Fry, Joe Wilson, and William Timmons.

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Matthew Lays, another attendee of the event, commented about the incident by saying:

The visit and Choir performance was all planned and approved… but it’s possible that there was some type of “permit” or communication mixup. Either way… the kids sang brilliantly; Capitol Police not even letting them complete the song and trying to explain that singing the Anthem could be considered a form of protest is telling and embarrassing; when you need a permit to sing your National Anthem in your nation’s Capitol, something’s gone wrong.

A comment from a concerned citizen that was taken from the Gateway Pundit describes what many Americans are thinking about this incident:

You are U.S. citizens in a public place exercising the right of free speech. Stopping the kids from signing the national anthem is no different than stopping you from waving the U.S. Flag. You were clearly denied constitutional rights—an issue you can sue in civil court over.

SC State House Representative Adam Morgan issued a statement regarding the incident:

The fact that our National Anthem could ever be considered “offensive” in our nation’s Capital is a stinging reminder of the challenges we face as a Republic.

Debbie Baughman Davis, an individual that is knowledgeable about the situation, stated and when asked who to address about this appalling interruption by Capitol police said the following:

We’re working on gathering info for now. We’d gotten permission from some SC congressmen and had also gotten it cleared by the Speaker of the House’s office. Once we have more info, we’ll know better how to proceed.

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The incident is now under investigation. Efforts are underway to gather further information surrounding the interruption and address the incident properly.


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