Why? Because you’re an idiot, apparently.

This has to be the stupidest thing I’ve read in a long, long time:

I tuned into CNN.com first thing Sunday morning and discovered, front and center on their homepage a blog by this title: Why I don’t sing the Star Spangled Banner. The author, Mark Schloneger, outlines the reasons why he doesn’t sing the national anthem. Like myself, Mark is a Mennonite pastor with a deep commitment to following Jesus in all of life. He has this to say about his reasons:

To Mennonites, a living faith in Jesus means faithfully living the way of Jesus. Jesus called his disciples to love their enemies and he loved his enemies all the way to the cross and beyond. Following Jesus and the martyrs before us, we testify with our lives that freedom is not a right that is granted or defended with rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. True freedom is given by God, and it is indeed not free. It comes with a cost, and it looks like a cross.

Mark speaks well for a wide number of Mennonites, including myself, in claiming ultimate allegiance to Jesus above the state.

That’s a nice little smear of people who don’t believe as you do, Marty Troyer. Who the hell do you think you are, implying that people who sing the national anthem have allegiance to the state over Jesus, you smirky little bastard? I hate to tell you this, but if you’d actually read the Declaration of Independence, you’d see the Founding Fathers believed exactly as you do, that freedom is a right granted by God. Unlike you and your kind, however, they (and enough Americans who came after them) were smart enough to know that to keep it, now and then good men were going to have to fight evil men who wanted to take that freedom away from everyone. And I for one thank God for that, because were it not so this country and this world would have been overrun with evil long ago. Some corners of the world still are, too. How about you go tell, for example, the women in South Africa who get preyed upon by gangs of rapists that their freedom wouldn’t defended by those willing to do violence? I’m sure most of them would rightly consider it an insult to their intelligence. You self-righteous asshole.

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One Response to “Why? Because you’re an idiot, apparently.”

  1. Joseph Says:

    I guess those people have no knowledge of the 4th stanza. Heck, I bet they don’t even know there is more than one stanza.

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