This post isn't about Veterans Day, or the folks who served in the military. It's more about why there's been a fairly steady stream of folks willing to sacrifice for this country's welfare.
That other post is about two related threats to freedom of speech: which I think warrants doing links and excerpts here.
"My Take on the News: 'There Oughtta be a Law?' "As the blog's name, "A Catholic Citizen in America," suggests, I'm a practicing Catholic. One reason I like living in America is that folks here are free to worship as they see fit, or not worship at all. That's a big plus for someone who's part of a religious minority.
A Catholic Citizen in America (November 11, 2011)
"The threat of Islamic laws forbidding blasphemy, and hostility toward religion, have been in the news. I think both are really bad ideas...."
"...I've noticed that many folks act as if it's their duty, or right, to force others to act 'correctly.' I remember the trailing edge of McCarthyism, endured American academia when political correctness was in flower, and didn't particularly like what either philosophical fad did to personal freedoms...."
Back to that other blog's post:
After that bit, I discuss bias, and offer a Bias Made Easy checkoff list of qualities often ascribed to 'those people over there.'
" 'Everybody Knows What Those People are Like' ""On the whole, I'm glad that I've never been part of a self-identified group of self-righteous do-gooders who had the power to make others act the 'right' way. Not being part of 'the establishment' can be an advantage.1"
"If that doesn't sound like what 'one of those religious people' should say: I'm not surprised. I'll get back to that...."
(A Catholic Citizen in America)
Freedom of Religion, Not Freedom from ReligionEditorial views of The New York Times notwithstanding, people with religious beliefs are not necessarily ignorant weirdos.1 Which brings me back to religious freedom and that other blog:
"...I'm a practicing Catholic, so I have to support freedom of religion. It's in the rules (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2104-2109)"I am grateful to the generations of American veterans who fought and died so that we could remain a free nation. I sincerely hope that America's upper crust don't accomplish what enemies abroad have failed to do: end this country's long tradition of freedom.
"Freedom: For Everyone"That freedom is not 'freedom to worship my way.' Even if I could, I wouldn't be allowed force someone to 'act Catholic'..."
"...Today's threat to freedom isn't just 'those terrorists over there.' I think Americans should be at least as concerned about folks in today's establishment who seem determined to protect us from religion.
"'For our own good,' of course...."
(A Catholic Citizen in America)
Veterans Day posts:
- "Lemming Tracks: Armistice/National/Poppy/Rembrance/Veterans Day"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (November 11, 2011)
- "Armistice Day/Veterans Day, 2010: a Couple of Words for the American Military, and Something Lincoln Said"
(November 11, 2010)
- "The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month: Yeah, It's Kind of Important"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (November 11, 2009)
- "Armistice Day, 2008: Or, if You Prefer, Veterans Day"
(November 11, 2008)
- "Armistice Day, 2007"
(November 11, 2007)
1 The New York Times ran an editorial recently, that compared people who admit having religious beliefs to those who believe in flying saucers. I am not making this up:
- "Space Aliens, Michele Bachmann, and Daft Assumptions"
A Catholic Citizen in America (September 2, 2011)
- "The New York Times, Insularity, and Assumptions"
(October 21, 2008)
- "Top Newspaper's Journalists Praised: Blackout Imposed on Praise"
(October 15, 2007)
(Reuters photo, via FoxNews.com, used w/o permission)
(Oakland Blog, via SFGate, used w/o permission)
I've made the point, in another blog, that not all Christians are dolts:
- "My Take on the News: Religion, Politics, and Freedom"
A Catholic Citizen in America (October 28, 2011)
- "Ancient Style and Today's Discussions at the 'Vatican Science Academy' "
A Catholic Citizen in America (October 2, 2011)