IBMA Patriotic Concerns

It is a sad, sad day when the world of bluegrass feels that performing a patriotic set might offend someone and should not be allowed. This nation should be able to demonstrate its pride yet still have friends abroad. I’m a firm believer of respecting people for who they are and what they represent, but I’m getting a little tired of the notion that everyone has a freedom of speech and expression, except of course unless you’re Americans, then you expected to keep shut so you don’t offend anyone!

What’s next? Will my family bluegrass band have to stop playing bluegrass gospel because we might offend some atheist or a follower of a different religion?