From: Jay Willingham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri May 30 2003 - 11:38:45 EDT
I do not understand why "God bless America" would offend anyone.
If I say "God bless you" to my sons, are their friends offended?
Does saying "God bless America mean I do not also pray for the whole world
where Satan prowls as a wolf in sheep's clothing seeking to destroy?
Forgive me, but in Jonathan's attitude I find the roots of the anti-personal
liberty, big government trend in Australia.
Could it be that the writer is oblivious to the role the USA played in
keeping them free. The Japanese Empire and its children of the sun god
would have dominated the western Pacific, Australia included, had they not
miscalculated and attacked Pearl Harbor.
Perhaps the rest of the world should look at the graveyards in foreign lands
full of American's who died there in their defense and say "God bless
How many would still be alive had the USA entered WWII when Japan invaded
China or Hitler invaded Eastern Europe?
The Archbishop of Canterbury was showing a cathedral to Colon Powell. The
cleric asked him why America seemed to want to take over the world. Powell
replied that America's by the ten's of thousands had died in foreign lands
to keep them free, yet all the land America had ever asked in return was
just enough to bury them in. The Archbishop went silent.
Jay Willingham, Esquire
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joel Cannon" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 8:35 AM
Subject: Do non-U.S. Christians say "God Bless America?" (fwd)
> From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue May 27 23:13:45 2003
> From Jonathan Clark, who sent this to me regarding my question about
> what non-US Christians felt when the read posts about God Bless
> America. I post it with permission.
> Hi Joel
> Although I no longer subscribe, I do surf the ASA discussion from time to
> time. I could not let this question pass by. Here in Australia many
> say in response to "God Bless America" "God help the rest of us!"
> The confluence of a particular strand of Us political thought and
> fundamentalism I find quite disturbing. Not that people should not have
> the freedom to think that way but that it should be seen to be the only
> Christian response. it was one of the reasons I left the ASA discussion.
---- > Joel W. Cannon | (724)223-6146 > Physics Department | email@example.com > Washington and Jefferson College | > Washington, PA 15301 | > > >
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