I attended a conference on Saturday where I was offended by two points. Most people reading this article will consider these points to be trivial. I do not.
1. A Tea Party leader wore a shirt that was the flag of the
2. The organizers of the event wanted to pledge allegiance to the flag but had forgotten to bring one. The solution was to pledge allegiance to the shirt flag.
I understand that most people in our country do not respect our flag. Like Bonhoeffer’s concept of cheap grace, we offer a small token of esteem to our flag without acknowledging the sacrifices it truly represents.
But in my mind, I do not look at the flag as representing an indivisible nation. I see the principles embodied by our founding fathers to bring together our disparate states into a compact under a Constitution. I see the blood and treasure of our sons and daughters who sacrificed to give us
I see a symbol of our declaration to hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable Rights. I see everything that I miss in Liberty today. America