We are aghast, but not surprised, at the direction we are headed…
After hearing today that a federal court has decided that the Pledge of Allegiance can no longer be recited in schools because the phrase “under God” endorses religion, I was feeling rather patriotic (and perhaps a little angry); so the following piece seemed appropriate. If anyone knows who the original author is, please let me know.
IMMIGRANTS, NOT AMERICANS, MUST ADAPT.
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans.
However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled 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. Our population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants.
However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. 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 has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!
“In God We Trust” is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. 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.
If 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. 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. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle.
Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion 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 to take advantage of one other great American freedom:
THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
UPDATE 020627: Well, it seems as though a few people got an education about what the majority (remember them… the ones who are supposed to set the rules?) wants. From the Associated Press:
“…Circuit Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, who wrote the 2-1 opinion that said the phrase “under God” violates the separation of church and state and endorses religion, stayed his ruling until other members of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decide whether to change course.
The appeals court can rehear the case with the same three judges, or an 11-judge panel.
Immediately after Goodwin’s decision became public, the U.S. Department of Justice requested a hearing by full 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on the Pledge of Allegiance ruling.
Wednesday’s ruling, by law, would not take effect immediately anyway. The ruling already was on hold by court rules for 45 days to allow for any challenges.
Lawmakers Recite Pledge To Start Session
In an unusual show of defiance, both the House and Senate chambers were full as lawmakers recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of their legislative session Thursday morning.
House members applauded after finishing the pledge, then sang “God Bless America” before breaking into more applause…”
UPDATE 020704: We know we can never make 100% of our readership happy with anything we write; but this guy apparently thinks we’re going to be bruised by dropping us from his bookmark list. You can go stand with the guy who brought the lawsuit; we don’t want you visiting our site, anyway:
From: Scott Campbell [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 13:53:52 -0400
Subject: Yes, a bigot
I’ve looked here and there at your site. I’m always looking for insightful comments that help me get the most out of my Macs. But today, July 4th, I read two things. First, I read the complaint about OS X, and I found it to be a very interesting point of view. Though I’m an OS X “convert,” I found your commentary valuable. It’s so important to not lose the best parts of the old Mac OS and blindly follow the future.[EDITOR’S NOTE: The commentary he refers to is a post by another reader, as was the article he goes on to lambast…]
But, speaking of blindness, your second piece was totally unrelated to the Mac and, to me, offensive. I’m speaking of course of the little whining piece about the “under God” ruling. Freedom? Maybe freedom to express your own self-righteous blather with the comfort of knowing that you are in the majority. But the real point of freedom is to give rights, possibilities, and freedoms to individuals who are NOT part of some kind of groupthink mob. It is quite arguable that the founders of this country–Enlightenment skeptics for the most part–used Christian language to placate the more conservative members of the “revolutionary” movement. Regardless, we’ve overcome their blindnesses about gender and race inequalities, and we sure should overcome any propensity they had to listen to the dictates of some “almighty creator” that is apparently unavailable to protect citizens when attacks come.
I don’t think the recent court decision means much. But those who have used it to wax patriotic about the wisdom of putting a god at the center of a people should think for a second about how religious belief that becomes bigotry and ignores common sense and the rule of law is the very thing we’re fighting. Our “freedom” should teach us to use our heads.
Good grief. I’ll remove your site from my bookmarks.
-Scott Campbell, State University of New York at Stonybrook