[written 5-7-02, updated 2-14-03, put into my blog 8-15-05]
Stop saying “God Bless America” in response to September 11th! That is what got us in trouble in the first place.
Insert rant here. Discussion points:
- Other, positive things that can be said
- Religious separatism is extremely counter-productive for: our society,
world productivity, burning personal hatred, long term personal recovery
example webring text: source
Christians all over the world, please pray for America and for all
those involved in the terrifying and horrible tragedy that took place there in
the USA. Pray also for the service men and women who are in Afghanistan! We
know that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only one that can give everyone
the strength and support…
- Vengeful god vs. merciful god. Relate that to why we say "God Bless
- Separation between church and state
- Relate my personal internal pain. We’ve got to redirect the energy
- They take their religion very seriously and literally (IE 72 virgins in
heaven). We do well not taking ours as seriously. So let’s keep it that way.
- How do you think it makes them feel when we say it?
- sidebar: "Ground Zero" as unfortunate terminology for gestalt.
Suggest "The Pile", "The Site".
- Discuss the power that words and terminology have.
- Conclusion: It’s bad for everyone involved. So cut it out!
I see signs all over spouting about how great God is. There is this truck that’s been sitting just off the highway in Mount Olive for several months. It has a sign draped over it with a large flag and it says “God Bless Us All”. Another volunteered sign is on Rt. 519. It’s an 8′ x 4′ piece of plywood leaned up against a telephone pole crudely spray painted with the message:
| Our Battle
That sign really freaks me out. Everyone is free to voice their opinion but
it really worries me to the core how caught up people are about their gods. And
I worry what terrible things my neighbors are capable of doing if someone or
something offends their sense of the infallibility of their god.
Look at that sign again… Look at the order he put things in.
"God" is first, "Country" last! So when the author refers to
Duty and Honor, that’s to his god and not to his country. It’s true that the
First Amendment of the Constitution refers to the freedom of religion, but he’s
forgotten that it’s an amendment. The Constitution itself (dry as the
text may be) and the country founded by it comes before all of the
I suppose the author of this sign is angry at my critical commentary. I’ve
probably offended his Honor and his God. What do you suppose Duty requires him
to do to me?
- God Bless America webring
with 400 sites.
- news agencies, CNN, NBC, CBS, etc