I think all of us here in America could say there is no where else we would like to call home. Of course, there are places we would love to visit but America is always home. No matter our differences, we live, work and worship together. We share the same roads and see each other on the street everyday.
When our country was attacked in 2001, no matter who you were, we all mourned together. It was not about black or white that day, it was about being an American. People of all nationalities died that day, but all we saw was our country being attacked and our people lying in rubble.
Most of us were born and raised here, others went through various struggles to make it to the land of opportunity. Men and women have died on their way to this country just to see their children make it to our soil.
Our religious background vary, Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, Buddhist, Judaism and Protestant. That is one thing that makes this country great, the fact we can all worship whom we want without backlash or punishment. We all want to be here for that and many other reasons that make this country the land of the free.
We have roots, we have family and memories that stay with us a lifetime through our various travels across our great land. There is no other place we want to call home.
It is no man's right to question another man's patriotism or dedication to this country. Until you walk in his shoes you can't question his love for America. Because I or another question a war I believe to be unjust, does not mean I am somehow unpatriotic. The most patriotic thing you can do is speak your mind if you believe it is unjust. Our four fathers themselves spoke out against their government because they did not agree with their decisions or rulings.
They died and fought their own government for what they thought was right. Were they somehow traitors for what they did?
I personally have been around people who I did not know the full extent of their background. I only knew them for who they were, or what they told me. I recall an incident in college with an old-girlfriend were she falsely accused me of pushing her. She told the authorities I did this and was placed under arrest. Days later I saw neighbors who looked at me funny and rumors spread that I was some type of monster. It hurt so much for someone to think of me in that way. Even when she tried to explain to others, they assumed she was lying to protect me or that I somehow I forced her. The police even pulled me over for not stopping at a stop sign after the incident to harass me and say,"this is the one who likes to push women around." Being that it was a small town it was easy to become the center of attention.
No matter what you do or say to someone after being labeled becomes fruitless to some. They will always see you for what you were cast as. I eventually left the that town.
My point is no one should question your love for God or your dedication to this country, unless that man himself state opposition otherwise. No one knows what is in another man's heart, but false accusations lay seed to presumption. Once that seed has been planted and lays root, it is almost impossible to remove. The question to you is how would you feel if half of this country said you were something you are not, and no matter what you did, that root would not die?
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” --Mark Twain
I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. ~Joe Mullally
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