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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Worshiping The Holy Icon

The Socialist Democracy of Amerika is a religious institution and the citizens of the SDA are religious zealots.  I know progressives, neo-cons and patriots would disagree with me and claim to be perfectly secular in nature but life in the SDA has all of the trappings of a religious experience.  There is no separation of church and state in this country, there is only a choice of which religion you wish to follow.  The religion of state worship in the SDA has an initiatory rite, like Christian baptism, called the citizenship oath.  It has a continuity rite, like Christian communion, called voting.  It has a national hymn, like Christian hymns, called the Star Spangled Banner.  It also has a national holy icon, like the Christian cross or fish symbol, called the flag.  That is what I would like to discuss today.  The iconic flag is treated as an object of worship.  Don't believe me?  Consider the following facts.
I had the distasteful experience of playing a round of golf on Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend.  I had hoped to go out and enjoy a round with seven other friends who had gathered together for a wedding that night.  Instead I was subjected to verbal harassment because I refused to worship the holy icon known as the flag of the military and government of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika.
I didn't even notice it at first since it is not my practice to look at the flag on the green.  I am happy just to hit my ball on the green and I don't worry about attacking the flag stick as better golfers are able to do.  As we approached the first green I removed the stick and dropped it to the ground a reasonable distance from the hole and in such a way as it would not impede any putts, as I always do.  I did this for several holes until I noticed that the group in front of us kept staring at us while we were on the green, apparently upset about something we were doing.  It took us a while to figure out what was going on but while we were putting on one green and they were standing on the next tee box we heard them yelling at us to keep the flag off the ground.  That is when we realized that the flags on the stick were all miniature SDA flags.  Needless to say, the people ahead of us were very upset that we were desecrating their holy icon.
Not being one to give in to peer pressure, especially when that peer pressure is designed to make me worship a false god, I continued to drop the flag on the ground at each green.  A couple of holes later a friendly employee of the golf course came up to us on his cart and informed us that the flags were SDA flags and they needed to be kept off the ground.  He politely informed us that the golf course had provided little stands to the side of the greens on which we could place them without desecrating them and offending their deities.  We stared at him blankly and he eventually moved on.
I had seen the stands beside the greens earlier and had assumed that they were for a tournament that was going to be played later.  It is not uncommon to have markers to indicate who hits his ball closest to the hole and I assumed the stand was a marker to be used for that purpose.  Not wanting to create any waves I started placing the flag stick on the stand as I was instructed to do, with the flag end touching the ground.  I refuse to worship idols.  We didn't get any more harassment, probably because the greens were hidden from view on the rest of the holes and nobody could see our desecration of their holy icon.
One of the fellows I was playing with is in the military.  He is also a Christian and he refuses to worship the flag.  He informed me that putting a flag on a flag stick at a golf course is probably a breach of flag etiquette and that motivated me to check out precisely what the rules for flag behavior are.  If you wish to read all of the rules you can go here.  Although the rules of etiquette do not specifically address the issue of a flag being fixed to a flag stick on a golf course green I believe it definitely violates the spirit of the law to do so.  A flag is never to be used to decorate something, which seemed to be the case with the flag stick.  A flag should never be used to advertise something, which certainly seemed to be the case to me as the flag was clearly advertising the fact that the golf course wanted to recognize Memorial Day weekend.  A flag should also never be used as a drapery and it was clearly adorning the flag stick.  A flag must never be used as a receptacle for anything but on the golf course it was clearly marking the receptacle for the golf ball called the hole.  Although I cannot say with absolute certainty that the SDA flags on the golf course were a breach of flag protocols, it sure seemed to me that the were.
Each time we approached the green we had to raise and lower the flag stick twice, thus raising and lowering the flag 36 different times during our round.  According to the above website, "The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.  The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest."  I know for a fact that those flags were placed on the greens prior to sunrise because we were out there as the sun came up.  I also consider it to be more than a nuisance to be required to salute the flag each time it was removed from and placed back into the hole.  Here are the rules about a salute, "To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge."  Just imagine the comical situation that would arise on each hole as all four of us stood at attention and displayed a proper salute each time we entered and left the green.  The pace of play would have slowed considerably, not to mention the fact that my bald head would have become sunburned after that much exposure to the sun.
Shall we be honest enough to admit that the SDA flag symbolizes the Amerikan empire and nothing else about the country we share?  If you do not believe me, read this blog post for the argument.  I believe, and you should too, that the Amerikan empire is a murderous empire that needs to go out of existence.  It has killed tens of millions of innocent people all around the world who never posed any serious or legitimate threat to our national security.  The only threat posed by the people the SDA military has killed over the decades was to the existence of the empire itself, not to the homeland or citizens of the SDA.  I believe empire is immoral.  I therefore believe the symbol of the empire is immoral.  Even if the flag represented nothing but whatever might be good about this God hating and immoral country I would still not be allowed to venerate it because my God forbids me to worship other gods or their icons.  I realize that the great majority of the citizens of this land worship the Beast of civil government but I am not one of them since I am convinced that the civil government of the SDA is nothing more than the current manifestation of the Beast as described in the book of Revelation.  Needless to say, I should not be venerating any iconic image of the Beast, and neither should you.
By the way, if you take exception to what I have written today, and I know that most idolatrous citizens of the SDA would take violent exception to what I have written, then you are the best proof for my argument.  No doubt you want to tell me that heroic people died for my freedom and the flag represents their heroic deaths.  No doubt you want to tell me that I need to move to a communist country and see what kind of freedom I might have there if I don't like it here.  No doubt you would tell me that this is Amerika and I can either love it or leave it.  Your country, right or wrong!  Your anger and downright hatred for me and what I have written is the best evidence of your religious worship.  The zeal you display in defending your holy icon is a perfect example of religious zealotry.  Amerikans display the same religious zeal in defense of their god as Isis and other religious sects display in defense of their holy icons.  And, strangely for the land of free people and free speech, they display the same intolerance for dissenters.  Congratulations patriotic Amerikans, you worship a god who does not exist.  

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