One might begin to wonder, based on global observations, which society is sorely out of step with reality. At one time, our U.S. society might have subscribed to the idea that we are a nation of citizens devoted to God, family and country, in that order of allegiance.

In the past three generations we’ve seen diminishment and dilution of religious importance in America. We now worship youth, cell phones, money and power, all of which we have more of than anywhere else on earth. We believe that any and all God-based religions are equivalent to each other and no religion at all is certainly equivalent to any other belief. Meanwhile, we are fighting at home and abroad to demand that people everywhere accept our code of ethics and our definition of freedom, especially when it comes to the separation of church and state. We are in the final stages of going from freedom of religion to freedom from religion — and expect the world to follow, or else. The “or else” implies that we’ll send our vast military might after any society which fails to live up to our code of ethics. Unfortunately, military involvements result in the use of military solutions. If the only tool in one’s belt is a hammer, everything looks like a nail — so we try to beat or bomb offending societies into submission to our will. Weak societies with very strong religious beliefs more strongly held than our own tend to be our targets of choice. Unfortunately for all, if one’s God is truly more important than family and country (or tribe), fighting against any and all who want to diminish or change the faith to that God is a holy duty more important than life itself. We are a nation evolved from exactly that kind of devotion. We, too, are descended from a rag-tag citizenry who took on and defeated a militarily superior oppressor. I guess we must be a nation of persons with an ignorance of history surpassed only by our arrogance of actions.

We and our “enemies” are both paying a terrible price for conflicting views of what freedom means. - Lon Zimmerman, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

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