Okay, I am so friggin sick of this fucking picture right here!!!
I mean SERIOUSLY!!! How can anyone think that this is a good idea? I mean GOD. (That’s a frustrated GOD. Read it as if I were saying it while clawing the air in exasperation and rage.) Let’s take it line by line, shall we?
We should flood Facebook with this…
This is a call to war. This is saying “This is my message, and I want everybody to see it.” To flood an idea through a social media like Facebook is to desire a mob mentality with this theme at its core. I will return to this later, as people seem to forget that this line is here when defending their reasons for posting this picture.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands: one nation under GOD, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all”.
Now, atrocious grammar aside, what the hell? Do Christians think that they are going to convert anybody by making them say “under God” when mindlessly chanting this sentence during elementary school? Do they think that God gives two shits if he is their national mascot? No! Having grown up a devout Christian, I can tell you for a fact that the only thing God cares about is your personal relationship to him. And, having shrugged off that ball and chain (being atheist now) I can tell you that it is extremely unfair to every other religion/lack of religion to be forced to acknowledge the existence of someone else’s god and to associate it with their free government that is supposedly not based on religion!!!!! (plus a few more !!!!!!!!!!! for emphasis)
Even if US money and the pledge of allegiance had always had God included on them, this should be enough to get it expunged. But, as so many people are conveniently forgetting, “under God” was added to the pledge in 1954 (LESS THAN 60 YEARS AGO). That’s a century and a half AFTER the founding fathers established the good ole U S of A.
RE-POST IF YOU THINK GOD, OUR COUNTRY, OUR FLAG, AND OUR MILITARY DESERVE RESPECT!!!!
Which of course implies that scrolling past without re-posting means that I hate the military. It also implies that non-Christians hate the military and America in general. By posting this meme, you are painting us as the bad guys and as ungrateful cowards. Not believing in god doesn’t mean I am ungrateful to or disrespectful of the military. How is there even a connection between the two?
Let’s just see how many AMERICANS will repost.
Again with the grammar. They can’t even decide on how to spell re-post twice in one meme. But I digress.
This is the bit that infuriates me. This is the part where the bigot says, quite plainly, that in order to be American, you have to be Christian. It’s a requirement. It’s not optional. If you’re not Christian, and if you don’t think God should be in our pledge of allegiance, then you’re not American. Period. And if we’re not American, then clearly we aren’t entitled to the same rights as the Christians (or should I say “the Americans”). That’s not a big leap to make, not when there’s a mob mentality driving it.
And here’s where I’m going back to the first line about flooding Facebook. This person wants a mob mentality going around the internet that only the Christians are American. Then, later when I call them out on it, they claim that “This is just my personal belief.” BULL SHIT. If you want to flood Facebook with this personal idea of yours (in which you call the Jews, the atheists, the Muslims, the Scientologists and countless other groups un-American) then it is no longer your personal view. It is the view that you have clearly stated that you want everyone to share. And not only that, but you have outlined the first step in achieving that goal: by keeping God in our government (the pledge and the money, specifically). Maybe you didn’t mean that, but it’s what you said by re-posting this meme. And if that’s the case, then you need to be a lot more careful about what you put out there for everyone to see and judge you by.
In conclusion, I have the deepest respect and gratitude for my country, my flag, and my military, and I am an atheist. I should not be forced to acknowledge someone else’s god at any time by any ruling body, especially not by the American government. This is the home of the free. I am free to worship or not worship however I like and I am insulted by anybody who says I am less of an American because of that.
And lastly, to anybody and everybody who has ever re-posted this meme I offer you a cheerful FUCK YOU.