Stolen from believe_in_me who got it from militaryspouses:
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.
If you, personally issue to offend people, that is fine. It is not the governments job to offend lay abiding citizens.
Further, our national identity IS our diversity, and it is our diversity and tolerence that makes this nation great and strengthens our sovereighnty.
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.
What culture? Society? Language? The language/society/culture of the English? The Germans? The Irish? The French? The African cultures? The asian cultures? These are all active cultures, societies, and languages in the The U.S.. These are all people that came here and fought for their own identities, and their cultures. And their children have continuesd the fight. Which one is right? The all are. The American culture is that of the melting pot.
Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam...
As have four generations of my family. And they fought for the freedom America stands for. Not your narrow minded point of view.
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!"
What language? English? How stupid are you? Every to some small minded republican tried to make English the national language, it get roundly defeated because it goes against the melting point point of view. What happens when Spanish speakers out number English speakers, as should happen in ght e next 50 years? Should we make Spanish the national language? No. We do not need, nor have, a national 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.
Why should it be there? If something has been there for years, does it make it right? How long did we have slavery? Did that make it right? Why did the Pilgrams come to America? To get away from other people forcing their religous beliefs on other.
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.
Are you claiming you have to be Christian or Catholic to be a good American? What about all the Muslim, Buddhists, aethiests, Jewish, etc who serve and die for this country? Are they not good Americas? Who, other than Christians and Catholics, reffer to their diety as "god"?
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 do the rest of us.
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 do not care how you did things where you came from. Like it or not, this is
our country, our land, and our lifestyle.
I am proud that America is a young nation and not set in its ways, and can still grow and change, so it does not stangate. I am proud that we can tolerate many different cultures. It is the narrowmind that scare me.
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!
So you are complaining that that others use their right to complain about having Christian/Catholic beliefs forced apon them?
Another thing: To those who do complain about the usage of words like God and American and speaking the language of our great nation, TRY GOING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND SPEAK AGAINST WHAT YOU DO NOT LIKE. YOU WILL MORE THAN LIKELY END UP JAILED OR EVEN KILLED.
Which, how up set you seem to be about others expressing their views, it seems like you would be all for the policies of those other countries. You think, because people do not share your religious views or language, they should leave.
In America, you take your right to complain for granted. The more patriotism that is removed from where our children are taught, the less our children will learn about what it is to be an American and our nation's spirit will slowly be killed. Keep patriotism alive.
The most patriotic thing you can do is fight for the freedom and beliefs of other Americans, even if they do not mesh with your own. You seem to have forgotten this.
Why do the least tolerant people claim to be the most patriotic, when tolerence is what America is about?
Hopefully believe_in_me will point the original author to my response, so she can explain how she because such a small minded, in tolerant person.
Oh, and by her definition, to be true americans, shouldn't we all be sitting in TeePees eating peyote, as the original America culture was that of the Native Americans. Technically, all other cultures came after and are not the "true" culture.