I’m sorry. I have to write about this because it really pisses me off when I read this shit. Who the hell does this guy think he is that he can speak for all of us when he defines what it is to be American. Fuckin Christian Supremists. Okay, that was a bit low even for me. Now i’m making generalizations. Though from his statements I don’t think its all that far fetched.
But come on. Lets think about what America is. We’re a nation of diversity. Lets all try to remember that. Its the pillar of strength on which we stand, and when we trample on diversity we undermine everything that is America.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that gets what it is to be American. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one with an open mind who can see the big picture, that our individual values and beliefs belong only to us and aren’t shared by everyone else. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that doesn’t see a problem with that.
You can read what this jerk wrote. Some of it I think he’s right on with. At least the intial remarks about this obsession we seem to have with making sure we don’t offend people by displaying a little patriotism. I mean come on. If you can’t be patriotic about American on American soil, where can you.
Really it all comes back to this religion thing. That’s probably why I got so heated about the email (see below).
I perceive that there is a movement a foot in America that is very anti-American. I call it the Christian Supremacy movement. People have it in their heads that this nation was founded by Christians. Well. For the most part that’s true. But lets remember what Christians were in America back in the 1700’s. They were a bunch of people whose religious beliefs didn’t fit into the mainstream of their homelands. They left and came here because they were very strong in their faith and didn’t feel it was right to be told what to believe and how to worship. Kudo’s for them. They had the right idea. That’s why we have freedom of religion.
Enter the decendents of those brave souls that forged a new nation. (That’s you ane me folks.) I will concede that Christians are in the religious majority in America. I don’t personally have a problem with there being more Christians than other religions. What I do have a problem with is the notion that all Americans need to live by good Christian values. Can we all say Bull Shit? Is our great Constitution just for show? Did someone repeal the first amendment and not tell me. Fuck that. Americans don’t have to live by anyones values. We live by our personal values. My values and beliefs are what guide my decisions, not yours. Woe to anyone who dares try to cram their values down my throat. I’m a free man. I’m American. Don’t fuckin tell me what to believe, or what is right and wrong. If I can’t figure it out myself then I’ll let the judicial system tell me when I’ve stepped across the line.
People in this nation really need to get it through their thick skulls (wow, i’m blatantly overgeneralizing now aren’t I?) that in America you must come to expect diversity. You must learn to expect that not everyone is going to agree with you, that we aren’t all just going to see eye-to-eye on every darn thing. They also need to learn that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Its what makes us a strong and powerful nation. Its why America is the world’s “brightest becon of freedom” (George W. Bush, Sept 11, 2001).
I am so very sick and tired of the religious majority attempting to force their belief on what is right and wrong for Americans down everyone else’s throats. Why are we trying to trample upon the rights of the religious minoritys? Why do we try to enact legislation based on the biases of the religious majority?
Why is it that people are trying to make America a Christian state? Oh I know there are those of you out there that are going to tell me no one is trying to force Americans into Christianity. Technically you would be correct. But the reality of it is there are some well funded Christians out there lobbying for all sorts of legislation to push their values upon the rest of society. Abortion and same-sex marriages to name just two.
Oh. This is fuckin great. This from my dad (we’ll assume he just made a bad choice in words): “um son we are tolerant to the point we got attacked and it’s time to not be
I will say here what I responded with: Fuck that. If we become intollerant than we really are the terrorists.
Intollerance is why we were attacked. If we believe Bin Laden is the culprit than we must look at is values and beliefs. His intollerance of anything contrary, in this case the US, is what leads him to do the evil things he has done.
Now I respect his beliefs. I would fight adamantly to ensure he is free to believe them. But when he takes those beliefs and infringes upon the rights of others is when he must be punished. Intollerance is why we are at war. Not that we’ve got the best track record for tollerance ourselves.
Anyway. I’m fuming now. I must stop writing and calm down. Below is the email that set me off in the first place. Read it and above all else, form YOUR OWN opinion about it. If you’d like to share it, there is a hyperlink at the bottom of this entry in which you can comment to this journal entry. Please do as I’d like to see if I’m alone in my anger or if its shared sentiments.
> THIS SAYS IT ALL!!!!!
> > Broken Arrow, Oklahoma School officials remove “God
> > Bless America” signs from schools in fear that someone
> > might be offended.
> > Channel 12 News in Long Island, New York, orders flags
> > removed from the newsroom and red, white, and blue
> > ribbons removed from the lapels of reporters. Why?
> > Management did not want to appear biased and felt that our nations
> > flag might give the appearance that “they lean one way or
> > another”.
> > Berkeley, California bans US Flags from being
> > displayed on city fire trucks because they didn’t want to offend
> > anyone in the community.
> > In an “act of tolerance” the head of the public library at
> > Florida Gulf Coast University ordered all “Proud to
> > be an American” signs removed so as to not offend international
> > students.
> > I, for one, am quite disturbed by these actions of so-called
> > American citizens; and I am tired of this nation worrying
> > about whether or not we are offending some individual or
> > their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11,
> > we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of
> > Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely
> > settled in New York and Washington, DC when the “politically
> > correct” crowd began complaining about the possibility that
> > our patriotism was offending others.
> > I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against
> > anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. In
> > fact, our country’s population is almost entirely composed of
> > descendants of immigrants; however, there are a few things that
> > those who have recently come to our country, and apparently
> > some native Americans, need to understand.
> > First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try
> > not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a
> > multicultural community has served only to dilute our
> > sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have
> > our own culture, our own society, our own language,
> > and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the “American
> > Way” has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and
> > victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
> > Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as
> > Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea,
> > Vietnam,
> > We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese,
> > Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to
> > become part of our society – learn our language!
> > “In God We Trust” is our national motto. This is not some
> > off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan – it
> > is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House
> > of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on our
> > currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and
> > women, on Christian principles, founded this nation; and
> > this is clearly documented throughout our history.
> > If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the
> > halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly
> > appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.
> > God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every
> > patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His
> > birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to
> > Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then
> > I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new
> > home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud
> > to have Him.
> > We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably
> > defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day,
> > Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades,
> > picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As
> > an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national
> > anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever
> > and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or
> > you don’t like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a
> > move to another part of this planet.
> > The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we
> > are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no
> > desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things
> > where you came from. We are Americans, like it or not, this
> > is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.
> > Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express
> > his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we
> > will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are
> > done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our
> > pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly
> > encourage you take advantage of one other great American
> > freedom, the right to leave.
> > Barry Loudermilk
> > If you agree, pass this onto other Americans!
> > It is time to take a stand!