Anywhere you look now, some group is refusing to stand for the National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance. It is a protest vehicle.
A preacher posted a blog that brings standing for the Anthem and kneeling in prayer to be birds of a feather. This plays into the hands of those who protest. There is no constitutional requirement that people stand. Making a big deal out of not standing brings attention to the causes of protesters.
The simplest solution is to stop playing the Anthem at all. For those who are disappointed there is a Plan B. That is to play the Anthem while people are coming into the venue. Those who want to stand and those who want to ignore it can do both do what they want.
This was the resolution of standing during the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. Some students are not ready for class so they scurry about during the Pledge and others stand. It all works fine.
By discontinuing the ritualistic character of the Anthem and Pledge we could be proactive about a coming controversy. It is the question of how to reflect the two in our increasingly diverse society.
Many of us can remember when there was a hubbub about the way black soloists sang the Anthem. This subsided after a while.
What if, however, the Anthem was regularly sung in a language other than English? It seems like dropping it from the script would be the best solution.