The American Flag: Embodiment of a bloodthirsty totem god

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The American Flag: Embodiment of a bloodthirsty totem god

American patriotism is a civil religion organized around a sacred flag, whose followers engage in periodic blood sacrifice of their own children to unify the group.

Blood Sacrifice and the Nation - Totem Rituals and the American Flag copy

Blood Sacrifice and the Nation – Totem Rituals and the American Flag

The flag symbolizes the sacrificed body of the citizen… “A young man didn’t intend to become the center of attention, his instinct just kicked in, and now a photo of his American spirit is going viral. Cole Dotson, of Continental, in Putnam County, Ohio, was going past the school on Sunday when he noticed the American flag had fallen to the ground. He immediately went over, picked it up, held it and called his grandmother for help… Thank you all for the support! I didn’t intend to get recognized for what I did. But I am sure glad to see the support and respect for the flag. I love this flag and this country. God bless America,” Dotson posted on his Facebook page… A friend said that Dotson comes from a family of military personnel and that he, too, will be going into the service.” Read more: Teen holds American flag until help arrives http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/32051137/teen-holds-american-flag-until-help-arrives

Keeping American flag from touching ground (Source - Rhonda Ordway Pester)

Cole Dotson keeping American flag from touching ground (Source: Rhonda Ordway Pester)

Out of control patriotism… “Whereas a healthy love of country would nurture a sense of unity and common values in an atmosphere of intelligence and maturity, modern American patriotism has instead become a vehicle for division and aggression. Ugliness in the name of patriotism has occurred in the past in America—the Palmer raids and McCarthy era are easy examples—but modern times easily rival those periods, as patriotism has become increasingly zealous, immune to critical thinking, and unquestioningly militaristic…” Read more: Is American Patriotism Getting Out of Hand? | Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201503/is-american-patriotism-getting-out-hand

American patriotism is a civil religion organized around a sacred flag, whose followers engage in periodic blood sacrifice of their own children to unify the group… “The flag symbolizes the sacrificed body of the citizen. This label has meaning only in reference to the group that defines it, the nation. Blood sacrifice links the citizen to the nation. It is a ritual in the most profound sense, for it creates the nation from the flesh of its citizens. The flag is the sign and agent of the nation formed in blood sacrifice. Still, raising a piece of cloth and calling it a flag will not declare territory and form groups, at least not territory that will be respected, or groups that will endure and fight to produce borders. The power of a flag must be sacrificially established…” (Carolyn Marvin, “Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag” (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies; 1999) – http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sacrifice-Nation-American-Cambridge/dp/0521626099

Jon McNaughton - Mending The Nation

Mending the Nation – Jon McNaughton (Source: http://www.jonmcnaughton.com/patriotic/)

Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag – Introduction (.pdf) – http://assets.cambridge.org/97805216/26095/excerpt/9780521626095_excerpt.pdf

The Totem Myth: Sacrifice and Transformation (.pdf) – http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1131&context=asc_papers

The Only Fit Response to the Federal Idol: Iconoclastic Strains in American Patriotism (.pdf) – https://www.uio.no/english/research/interfaculty-research-areas/culcom/events/conferences/2005/flags/pdf/Carolyn%20Marvin.pdf 

Jon McNaughton - Angel of Liberty

Angel of Liberty – Jon McNaughton (Source: http://www.jonmcnaughton.com/patriotic/)

Nationalism is Idolatry

“The church in America will not be a Christ-centered community of peace so long as it is determined to celebrate its identity as American.  It is imperative, I believe, that all traces of nationalism be removed from the church’s worship.  Otherwise, in times of international crisis, instead of being an instrument of reconciliation, it will continue to embrace the role of handmaiden of war.  God cannot be praised in the same breath that America is honored without God being dishonored and replaced by another god…” The Nationalistic Corruption of Worship in America – http://www.redletterchristians.org/the-nationalistic-corruption-of-worship-in-america/

“How can Christians be prepared to recognize, when the time comes, a real choice between God and country, if their churches urge the adoration of country along with praise to God? The so-called patriotic hymns are most often songs of praise to a personification of the country and not a means of truly glorifying God. ‘My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing, or ‘America, America, God shed his grace on thee.’ The ‘thee’ is not God but country. If these are songs of worship, it is false worship. God is mentioned as a supporting figure, a means to bolster the greatness of the nation, which is the real object of adoration in the hymns. We should label this for what it is: idolatry.” Read more: Daring to Call it Idolatry: Nationalism in Worship – http://www.redletterchristians.org/daring-to-call-it-idolatry-nationalism-in-worship/

Jon McNaughton - One Nation Under God

One Nation Under God – Jon McNaughton (Source: http://www.jonmcnaughton.com/patriotic/)

“Nationalism saturates American life – it is just the ever-present, ambient sound coming from every form of corporate media, 24/7/365, so ever-present that it has become, in an odd way, invisible. I have come to understand that it is idolatry – subtler, arguably, than building a golden calf, but no less idolatrous. And it disturbs me a great deal. I wish Catholic priests and laity would stand up more often against this sort of thing. We Catholics, at every level of our society and in every vocation, me included, have failed to do our jobs of providing clear witness against this spiritually destructive idol.” Read more: Nationalism is Idolatry – https://vox-nova.com/2009/12/12/nationalism-is-idolatry/

“Put bluntly, if Americans feel like there are blessings slipping away from this country as a whole, they have turned the country into an idol and are violating the Ten Commandments. Jesus is not American and the United States is not in the Bible. That particular passage refers to God’s people, who are called Christians, not Americans…” Read more: http://opinion.injo.com/2016/01/252233-jesus-was-not-an-american/ 

Flying the Flag in Church: A Tale of Strife and Idolatry (.pdf) – http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1346&context=leaven

Podcast: Crucify your nationalism and crucify your political affiliation – http://subversive1.blogspot.com/2015/07/subversive-radio-podcast-star-spangled.html

The Early Christian Attitude to War – http://compassionatespirit.com/Books/Cadoux/TOC.htm

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