Monday, May 31, 2010

Atheism and Memorial Day 2010

You may not recognize me.

I support Gay Marriage, Universal Health Care, and Gays in the Military.

I also love my country.

PZ Meyers has written a piece in the blog Pharyngula with a rather long quote from Sinclair Lewis about our fascist leanings in this country.

Why, there's no country in the world that can get more hysterical—yes, or more obsequious!—than America. Look how Huey Long became absolute monarch over Louisiana, and how the Right Honorable Mr. Senator Berzelius Windrip owns HIS State. Listen to Bishop Prang and Father Coughlin on the radio—divine oracles, to millions. Remember how casually most Americans have accepted Tammany grafting and Chicago gangs and the crookedness of so many of President Harding's appointees? Could Hitler's bunch, or Windrip's, be worse?...
PZ Meyers writes,
I usually complain about religion here, but today I have to add another target: patriotism. It's the same thing, opening a door to unthinking authoritarianism, and it always leads to oppression. Quite contrary to the claims of fanatical Christians, the heart of a thriving democracy has to be constant questioning of the operation of the government — to marry religion to our government is antithetical to its founding principles, and even to regard those founding principles as inviolate and somehow imbued with godly authority is a betrayal.
This is a reason why Atheists come off as a**holes to many in the country. It's Memorial Day, the day we remember the lives sacrificed by our military. It's an important holiday, and gosh the general population my think it's a kinda dick move to write about how much our country sucks. But, many on the Left will argue, "Isn't  the military, historically speaking, a source of danger to republics? Look at Revolutionary France or the fall of the Roman Republic both examples of the military taking power." Yes, but our military has liberated Nazi occupied Western Europe, our military has kept South Korea from being over run by the lunatic regime in the North, and our military was able to contain the evil (yeah, I feel comfortable with that word) of Soviet Imperialism. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about questioning the government. It's how we as Atheists package that idea to others.

This was my comment to PZ Meyer's article.
I think it's OK to love the principles of the country (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, E Pluribus Unum, etc) and be a patriot. I am a member of a Secular Republic, regardless of what the mutton heads say. Are the people in the country perfect? No. But there isn't a political system out there that has been able to irradicate mobocracy. It's a curse of our species.
I will whisper to truth of Liberty to my children, gently remonstrate my friends when they believe we live in a Christian country, and speak plainly about my love and disappointment regarding our country.

What else can you do...

in Purgatory.

1 comment:

  1. I consider myself a patriot... in fact I look upon myself as having a patriotic duty to stand up to those who would try to reshape the government of my country into anything other than what its constitution calls for.

    Our founding fathers were bold. They embarked on an experiment never tried before. That experiment is the United States and its basic premise is that government officials get their sole permission to govern from those they oversee. No royal blood lines, superstitions, Gods nor other claims of authority are recognized with credence. It's that simple.


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