Reading the local newspaper this morning it reminded of the comment I got from a person last year after out patriotic service at DB. It seems some Methodist minister commented that no U.S. flags should be displayed in their churches. He said it amounted to worshiping the flag. That's similar to the word I got last year that the person thought it was wrong to have a patriotic service.
It's not my desire to be argumentative, but I do have an opinion. GET OVER IT! We would not have this country to be patriotic toward if it were not for our forefathers and their faith in God. Atheists did not discover, explore, and settle America. Our founding documents do not hesitate to attribute both this land and the freedom that this land offered to a higher power. I doubt if anyone who attends this July 1st at Dallas Bay will think that we are worshiping the flag or even the country that it stands for. We are going to be APPRECIATIVE for the freedom to worship and assemble. No we won't be as contemporary in our service as is my preference, but this is the one of those occasions when tradition has significance. It's not corny or old fashioned to state that your proud to be an American or shed a tear when a veteran of WWII struggles to walk forward and stand next to his or her military flag. I do draw the line, however, at wearing a red,white, and blue tie. So Happy Birthday USA and God Bless America!