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Anthrax, America and the flag 9419

From: dylynv
Subject: Anthrax, America and the flag 9419
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 18:21:51 GMT

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 D.C. 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 multi-cultural 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, and the Persian Gulf, for our way of life. 

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. 


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