It’s become a day to get together and have a BBQ, gather with family and friends, show a few flags ( maybe), party and watch fireworks. Also, you get a day off work. But what this celebration means, really, is totally lost.
We originally left England because of religious persecution. England declared that only one faith could be practiced and if you didn’t agree to that they made your life hell. So some people left in boats and went to Holland where they enjoyed religious freedom. They eventually sailed to America to the land Columbus discovered, although he really didn’t discover it because there were a great number of people living here. We had to run them off their land to conquer it, kill them because we considered them savages and continue to persecute and marginalize them to this very day. We thought they would be better if we could turn them into Christians, stole their children, changed their names, wouldn’t allow them to speak their own language or practice their faith. We forced them off their lands, which you can read about in ” The Trail of Tears” which you should already know about if you are American.
Along the way we wanted to be “independent” from England, which became the name of our holiday. But what we fought for was for naught. We turned into the oppressors we ran from. We started out as country that was founded on the separation of church and state so we wouldn’t be like the country we left. It took less than 200 years to forget that and we started down the slippery slope we find ourselves on now.
Now the South is fighting the war between the states again. People who never thought about the Confederate flag now have to have a cellphone cover with the flag on it. Get over it. You lost the war. Sorry if no one ever told you. There is only flag and it is supposed to stand for Every Single Citizen. Period.
In the mid 1900’s it was decided to add “In God We Trust” to our money, add “One Nation Under God” to our pledge to the flag, the government started having prayer breakfasts and every president and politician had to declare themselves to be a sincere practicing Christian whether they are our not. You have to be Christian to be elected. Isn’t that oppression? There has been a lot of talk of President Obama being a Muslim as though it is akin to being the devil. In America we think all Muslims are terrorists. In Iraq they probably think all Christians are terrorists, too. There are people in every faith who use that faith for power and control and America is right up there with the worst of them.
Contrary to some people’s opinion, and no matter how many times you declare it to be so, America is NOT a Christian nation. There are millions of practicing Buddhists, of which I am one. There are people who declare no faith at all. Christianity is a faith that condones violence, “God Hates Fags”, wants control of women’s reproductive system, denies commerce to people who go against their faith, wants to deny people their rights and freedoms because it doesn’t fit into their Christian dogma. Businesses want to not serve gays because it goes against their religion. What if airlines refused to fly people who have had abortions, or grocery stores refused to to serve Christians because it was owned by Muslims? Christians would be screaming. Hate crimes would multiply. Think about it. It’s only Christians in this Christian country who espouse so much hate for people who don’t believe what they do. So many Christians have so much hate. But be it said, this is not all Christians. But it is the ones with the loudest voices.
Buddhism is a practice of non violence who treat people the way they want to be treated, who thinks carefully about “you reap what you sow”, the law of cause and effect, who lived by the ten commandments 1000 years before Moses came down from the mountain. Buddhism promotes peace and acceptance of other people’s faith. We don’t use God as reason for war and say he is on ” our side”. We are a faith who doesn’t believe in a thinking entity who bestows benefits and punishments. We get the effects of what we cause ourselves. You can pray for forgiveness, but you can’t change the fact that you get back exactly what you dish out. The effects America is getting now is the from the causes made that have destroyed our infrastructure, our water, or RIGHT to have access to water, and our land, all for the sake of greedy people who feel the have the right to to take what they want, in the name of God – from anyone, anywhere.
What happened to America which started out with so much promise? We are following every example of every empire that imploded because of growing greed and desire for power. So today we’ll wave our flags and BBQ our meat and watch fireworks while we enjoy our family and friends, while our “Christian” politicians decide on the next way to lead the people around like sheep, continuing to make people believe the separation of church and state needs to be changed and use God’s law instead of the constitution. This country has become the oppressor we fought a war over to become independent. The rest of us can’t leave. There is nowhere to flee to get away. Besides, ALL of us are Americans. We will not all become Christians. Accept that and take the Bible out of our government and govern for what is best for ALL people, not just some. Our Independence Day has become a farce. We don’t celebrate because we separated from a country of oppression. We’ve gone from being oppressed to being the oppressor, to people in our own country, and to people around the world.
Let us pray.