Thursday, August 19, 2010

America The Beautiful, Redux

First, the real deal:

*wipes away tear*

Of course, we have a new plague of patriots across the nation, who have taken what should have been the non-story of the hour and turned it into a new crusade; in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for instance, the issue is not whether a new Islamic Center is "in the shadow of Ground Zero"--it clearly is not--but whether Muslims should be allowed to build at all, anywhere:
The leader of the opposition has tried stopping construction with environmental and traffic concerns. But most of the people rallying against the mosque, like Ben Fletcher, have a different argument.

"We're Christians and this religion represents people that are against Christians. That's something we need to look at, you know, because you're going to have a lot of trouble down the line," Fletcher says.

He says he does not know exactly what trouble looks like, but he and others worry about terrorist links and Muslims wanting to impose Shariah (Islamic law).
Sounds like a threat to me.

Sorry, Ray, but we need to update that song.

O beautiful for Christian views
Conjoining church and state
We’ll saturate the evening news
With ignorance and hate!
America! America!
Thy faithful know thy might!
Where all are free, so long as we
Are Christian, male and white!

O beautiful for city skies
With gleaming steeples filled
Where freedom’s golden eagle flies
And Muslims fear to build!
America! America!
How great will be thy loss!
Thy honored flag is now a gag,
Thy symbol now a cross!

O beautiful for idiot's words
Intended to divide
The people seen as brainless herds
With anger as their guide!
America! America!
Thy passions take control
The will of some shall overcome
The nation as a whole

I suppose, perhaps, we need one more verse. An optimistic one.

O beautiful for founders' sight
With every power checked
'Gainst roiling mob or leader's might
We dissidence protect!
America! America!
Cacophonous and loud!
From diff'rence, make a bold mosaic
Of which we may be proud!


Spidergrackle said...


Cuttlefish said...

Tina (whose comment is not here), my apologies! In cleaning up DM's spittle-flecked madness, I accidentally deleted your comment; I thank you, though, for your kind words.

And Spidergrackle, I thank you for the clap.

erm.... that didn't come out right.

Ray said...

I don't know how you do it - yours is a truly marvellous gift. Thank you.