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                                Proud to be an American

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma School officials remove "God Bless America" signs
from schools in fear that someone might be offended.

Channel 12 News in Long Island, New York, orders flags removed from the
newsroom and red, white, and blue ribbons removed from the lapels of
reporters. Why? Management did not want to appear biased and felt that
our nations flag might give the appearance that "they lean one way or another".

Berkeley, California bans U.S. Flags from being displayed on
city fire trucks because they didn't want to offend anyone in the

In an "act of tolerance" the head of the public library at Florida Gulf
Coast University ordered all "Proud to be an American" signs removed so
as to not offend international students.

I, for one, am quite disturbed by these actions of so-called American
citizens; and I am tired of this nation worrying about whether or not we
are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks
on September 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority
of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled in New
York and Washington D.C. when the "politically correct" crowd began
complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.
I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who
is seeking a better life by coming to America. In fact, our country's
population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants; however,
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. 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. Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as
Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea,Vietnam,
and the Persian Gulf, for our way of life.

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!

"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.

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.
We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably efended 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 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

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 don't care how you did things where you came from. We are
Americans, like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.
 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.
                         Barry Loudermilk


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