Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Love One Another


In 1925, Clarence Darrow volunteered to defend John Scopes' right to teach evolution.  He also wrote: “I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic.  I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means.”

I’m an agnostic secularist, who supports the idea, that our government and religion should be totally separate.  Unquestionably, various religions provide a great deal of comfort throughout the world.  However, righteous hypocrites haven’t been practicing the Golden Rule, and Republican politician continue to weaves piety with patriotism, while pandering to those hypocrites. 

By it’s very definition Religious dogma is uncompromising.  Tolerance isn’t enough to ensure that every American is a valued citizen.  Genuinely compassionate people understand that patriotism requires loving each other.

At the Democratic National Convention, Senator Cory Booker pointed out: “Look, I respect and value the ideals of individualism and self- reliance.  But rugged individualism didn’t defeat the British.  It didn’t get us to the moon.  It didn’t build our nation’s highways.  Rugged individualism didn’t map the human genome.  We did that together.

“And so this is the high call of patriotism.  Patriotism is love of country.  But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and your countrywomen.  Now, we don’t always have to agree, but we must be there for each other, we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, and we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.”

Our Declaration of Independence ends: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

The election is over, and Donald Trump will be our next President.  In January, we’ll begin to see how much that pledge actually means.

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