By Judy Kurtz - 07/03/13 04:43 PM EDT
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is calling Lady Gaga’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner — in which she swapped the lyrics “home of the brave” for “home for the gays” — “reprehensible.”
While waving a rainbow flag, the hit maker, a vocal supporter of gay rights, belts out, “Oh, say does that star-spangled flag of pride yet wave, O’er the land of the free, and a home for the gays.”
In a Monday Facebook post, West wrote, “Having served in the US Army for 22 years alongside some very brave men and women, I find Lady Gaga's defiling of our National Anthem reprehensible.”
Said the ex-lawmaker, “We are the land of the free because America has always been the home of the brave from Lexington and Concord to Kandahar.”
West, who lost his House reelection bid to now-Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) last year, had some advice for the 27-year-old singer.
“This young lady should be taken to Ft. McHenry and given a history lesson as to why Francis Scott Key wrote those words incredible words," he said.
In this week where we remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the 237th anniversary of our Independence is further evidence of the level of ignorance and disrespect some have for our national character.”
He ended his posting by writing, “She and all those who cheered her abomination should be ashamed and apologize to every serving and retired member of our Armed Services. But perhaps I ask too much…”