Since that ‘take a knee’ protest is going so ‘well’, why wouldn’t the Left press that culture war against patriotism even further?
After railing against the traditions of those who meet in Synagogues reciting ‘the Prayer for our Country’, one author turned his attention to the Pledge of Allegiance.
Maybe he should give Red Skelton’s defense of the Pledge a listen.
There’s a really good reason it’s still going viral after all these years.
Such is the case of the Pledge of Allegiance – a reflection of America’s deeply embarrassing insecurities and equally embarrassing means of dealing with them. The pledge, in its current form (minus two changes) was written by Baptist minister and Christian Socialist Francis Bellamy in 1892 on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. The pledge was, according to Bellamy, a reaction against the “low ebb” of patriotism in the late 19th century. It was a means of fostering (one might say, imposing) patriotism on those most disposed to following directives – schoolchildren.
The original text, which read, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” was a success in schools across the country, but it wasn’t until 1942 that the pledge was officially recognized by Congress (the text would be amended one more time in 1954 when “under God” was added after “indivisible”) – making this the pledge’s official 75th anniversary.
Or is Jake Romm so thoroughly Secularized that he doesn’t even accept as a possibility that there is any meaningful connection between prayer and a God who hears it?
Maybe the author would have had a special contempt in his heart for JFK, too? After all, JFK once famously said ‘ask not what your country can do for you’.
Is Jake really so surprised to see religious people praying for their nation? Or Jewish people praying that their own nation become receptive to the teachings of God’s Word?
Here is the English version of the text that offended him in the first place, courtesy RitualWell:
Sovereign of the universe, mercifully receive our prayer for our land and its government. Let your blessing pour out on this land and on all officials of this country who are occupied, in good faith, with the public needs. Instruct them from your Torah’s laws, enable them to understand your principles of justice, so that peace and tranquility, happiness and freedom, might never turn away from our land. Please, Wise One, God of the lifebreath of all flesh, waken your spirit within all inhabitants of our land, and plant among the peoples of different nationalities and faiths who dwell here, love and brotherhood, peace and friendship. Uproot from their hearts all hatred and enmity, all jealousy and vying for supremacy. Fulfill the yearning of all the people of our country to speak proudly in its honor. Fulfill their desire to see it become a light to all nations.
Therefore, may it be your will, that our land should be a blessing to all inhabitants of the globe. Cause to dwell among all peoples friendship and freedom. And soon fulfill the vision of your prophet: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Let them learn no longer ways of war.” And let us say: Amen.
It’s nothing new for people of a minority religion to pray for the nation they happen to call home — Israel prayed in the time of the Babylonian exile.
So why is he offended?
Because (he claims) he dislikes the idea of ‘forced patriotism’. And he complains that it’s wrong to ‘force’ it on children. Will he likewise complain about the systematic indoctrination into all things anti-patriotic, irreligious and ‘progressive’ in that very same school system?
We’re guessing ‘no’.
Especially considering the rant he later goes into against Trump and Capitalism which is ‘another kind of totalitarianism’.
Right — the one economic model which requires voluntary participation on both the buyer’s and seller’s side is ‘totalitarianism’. Maybe we shouldn’t really be expecting anything too profound from him.
Unlike this guy…
Does your grandpa go off on paltry politicians, whether they be Democrats or Republicans? Does he get misty eyed when he talks about God and Country and America’s future? And have you ever heard him scream, ‘Awww … Hell no!’ when Rosie O’Donnell starts yapping on television? If you answered yes to one, or all of the above, then your gramps will love Doug Giles’ latest book, My Grandpa Is A Patriotic Badass.
Don’t be fooled by the title — this ain’t just for Grandpa.
The Snowflake Generation — and the rest of America — needs a good ol’ dose of ‘Grandpa wisdom’.
Especially if that Grandpa is Doug Giles.
You’ll love My Grandpa Is A Patriotic Badass just as much as Grandpa will.
Jake would have a problem with this shirt, too.
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