The media's faux outrage over Corbyn standing in respectful silence probably shows the future in how they intend to treat the ner Labour Leader
And Mr Corbyn it seems has bowed to pressure and agreed to join in singing the anthem.
Should he. When I last looked we were not living in an Absolute Monarchy or Totalitarian Dictatorship
Should a Welsh or Scottish Nationalist join in "The UK" National anthem at such events.
Standing in respectful silence seems a compromise between open hostility to an anthem that many people share which forces them to appear to support an institution that they don't believe in.
As for atheist I now many a left winger who are also atheist joining in Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' (God Bless Africa) with Gusto
And we will be hearing many Nations invoking a deity in the Rugby World cup including "God Defend New Zealand" is one of two national anthems of New Zealand, the other being "God Save the Queen". Legally they have equal status, but "God Defend New Zealand" is more commonly used, and is widely albeit incorrectly referred to as "the national anthem
The anthem has English and Māori lyrics, with slightly different meanings. When performed in public, the usual practice is to sing the first verse in both Māori and English.
English translation (Karetu)
English verse: "God Defend New Zealand"|
The Maori version sound better and I suspect even New Zealand Atheist have a problem with it.
The fact is that may anthems have objectionable verse and many invoke a deity.
But calling on that deity to defend a monarch which a significant number of the population would like to be replaced seems to much.
People should always have the right not to join in any anthem if they feel it compromises they beliefs.
To do so is an insult to freedom from Totalitarianism ironically what the pilots of the Battle of Britain were fighting for an irony lost by the UK's media.