Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, first lowered, then removed the American flag from their campus, and subsequently after a community uproar, raised it again. Between removing and raising ‘Old Glory’, some students burned the flag! Sadly, American Flag burning has become too common place across America. But Why?
What we are presently seeing in our nation by way of the irrational anti-patriotism and hate for America, is liberalism’s godlessness on full display. That’s right, because of its beginning and calling, hatred for America in particular, is the logical offspring of godlessness, i.e.atheism. Please see part 1 to understand why atheists cannot ‘rationally’ love America.
After the Hampshire campus protested the election of Donald Trump, administration directed the following to their students: “…acknowledge the grief and pain experienced by so many and to enable the full complexity of voices and experiences to be heard.”
Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College, tried to clarify the previous mumbo-jumbo: “By removing the flag, the college will seek to focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.” Attempting to cover his tracks, President Lash later stated, “Some have perceived the action of lowering the flag as a commentary on the results of the presidential election — this, unequivocally, was not our intent.” Of course, he conveniently ignored that fact the campus was normal; and the American flag was blowing in the wind in the court yard--until--the election results were finalized. Further proof of the president’s delusion is one of the leading student protesters explanation of their position, “If our president is Donald Trump, I don’t think any school, especially this school, should really support his ideas by raising the flag.”
Now you have it--the ‘liberal’ logic driving Hampshire College protests: because Donald Trump was elected President, we must protest the American flag! HUH?!?! On the contrary, Donald Trump has ZERO…NADA…NOTHING to do with the American flag! The flag was here before him, and will be here after him! Of course, the liberal response is, Pastor Jackson, you totally missed it! The protest is because Trump’s election to President proves America is a racist nation, because it elected a racist!
My response is three-fold, with the last being the most important.
First, in the president of Hampshire’s own words:
a.“By removing the flag, the college will seek to focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors”
b.“Some have perceived the action of lowering the flag as a commentary on the results of the presidential election — this, unequivocally, was not our intent.”
Although contradictory, President Lash’s words are straightforward in the rejection of the idea that Donald Trump’s election is linked to their protests! However, president Lash does unquestionably connect the flag—which by the way represents the nation--with the protests! Or, as he puts it: “By removing the flag…” the college addresses “…racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”
Second, the same American people were present both four, and eight years ago; and those allegedly ‘racist’ American people elected the first Black president! As far as I am aware, no other predominantly White nation has had, or currently has a Black president!
Third, and most importantly, over the last couple of years, if you more closely examine the people perpetrating events like flag burning; accusations of inherent national racism; acrimony for America; calls to ignore, change, and even to throw-out the Constitution; venom for police; animosity toward the military; attacks on the Founding Fathers; anti-semitism; promotion of free sex, homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, and even Islam; and of course, attacks on Christianity, and the Judaeo/Christian ethic*; you will find that all the above originates from one specific camp: liberalism! But why?
The answer is simple, atheism is a religion, and liberalism is its ‘social’ doctrine. For this reason--and I must make this perfectly clear--as one rejects the Biblical God, I must repeat—the inevitable consequences are: the rejection the Judaeo/Christian ethic; attacks on Christianity; anti-semitism and hatred for Israel; promotion of free sex, homosexuality, abortion, and Islam; flag burning; accusations of inherent national racism; venom for police; attacks on the Founding Fathers; animosity toward the military! It is therefore perfectly logical to conclude that American anti-patriotism is a direct descendant of godlessness!
On the contrary, God loves America, and called her into existence for this historical moment! And Americans have responded by declaring the Biblical God…Lord (Ps33:12)!
"It is the DUTY OF ALL NATIONS to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor."
-President George Washington issued a Proclamation for a National Day of
Thanksgiving, October 3, 1789
"He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world." -Benjamin Franklin
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human
passions unbridled by morality and religion.
-President John Adams
"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."
-President Thomas Jefferson
11/4/1820, “Of all the systems of morality, ancient of modern, which have come under my observation, none of them appear so pure to me as that of Jesus.”
4/9/1803, “I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by himself, to the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man.”
-President Thomas Jefferson
“The greatest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
- President John Quincy Adams
"We have a dangerous trend beginning to take place in our education...putting... books into the hands of children containing fables....and spending less time in the classroom on the Bible...
-Fisher Ames, helped write the Bill of Rights
"Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty."
-President Abraham Lincoln, 1861
“America was born in a Revival of Religion – and back of it were John Wesley and George Whitefield.” -President Calvin Coolidge
The Constitution’s 55 writers were: 26 Episcopalian; 11 Presbyterians; 7 Congregationalists; 2 Lutherans; 2 Dutch Reformed; 2 Methodists; 2 Roman Catholics; 2 Quakers; 1 Deist.**
“At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was Christianity should be encouraged, but not any one denomination. In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity. It was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” -U.S. Congress, 1854
“This is a Christian nation.” -U.S. Supreme Court,1892
Because God loves America…I have been given the high privilege and calling to love America!
I am an American patriot!
* In other words, values that originate with the Biblical God!
**To the politically correct, I’m sorry to report, there were no atheists and no Muslims!
"The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose." -unknown