There was a time when the word “American” was associated with strength. We were a people who could withstand anything that came our way, be it the bloodiest war or the deadliest disease.
Strength was the bedrock upon which our nation was built. We stood in defiance of one of the most powerful civilizations in history, and freed ourselves from their tyranny. We fought and won a civil war, the result of which was the abolition of human slavery. We stood together on September 11th, 2001, when the worst terror attack in U.S. history killed over 3,000 Americans.
It’s 2015, and the word “American” might as well be synonymous with delicate, impotent, and pusillanimous. We’ve mutated into a country in which fragility is the norm. The poison of the “everybody wins” mentality, which permeated my age-group, has brought us a generation of adults who simply can’t function in the real world.
During a recent episode of “The View,” the co-hosts were arguing about a football coach who was challenged legally because he prays on the field after each game. The prayer is his own, and anyone who joins him does so voluntarily. The argument is an old one, but one comment struck me.
One of the co-hosts said:
“The message was actually very nice. He didn’t force people to come pray with him…As long as people don’t feel left out. That’s my one thing…”
Translation: “As long as people don’t feel left out…it’s ok that he’s allowed to practice his faith.” That’s the underlying message of what she said.
Has a 28th Amendment been added to the Constitution regarding hurt feelings?
“Every American has the right to feel included, and to not be offended by, or feel left out because of, the actions of any other American. The definition of ‘offense’ is variable, and as such, will be determined by the transgressed. If the transgressed has his or her feelings bruised, they are entitled to emotional or monetary restitution. Restitution will be based on how sad the transgressed felt on a scale from zero to ten at the time of the grievous act.”
This is where we are as a society. Someone’s faith is only acceptable if everyone feels included. Inclusiveness seems to be required. We’re such delicate flowers that if someone is praying by themselves on a football field, and I’m an atheist, their fundamental right to free and public exercise of religion should be curtailed.
We’re the same people who fought the British, who freed the slaves, who stormed the beaches at Normandy, who bore the pain of 9/11, yet here we are in 2015 feeling sad because someone, somewhere may be feeling kinda left out because some dude is praying on a football field.
Let that sink in. Let your bones chill at the thought of where we’ll be in 20 years. Now go sit in a dark room and cry about the future of this country.