Definition of an American: A Brief Glimpse of Patriotism

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

Definition of an American: A Brief Glimpse of Patriotism by C. Bailey-Lloyd

What is Patriotism? According torepparttar Merriam-Webster DictionaryŽ , a Patriot is defined as such: "one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests."

Recently, it has come to my attention that due to expanding political views,repparttar 132348 definition of an American Patriot or American Patriotism is being questioned by all parties ofrepparttar 132349 American political spectrum. So what does define a "real" American Patriot? Let's take a look into 'real' American history.

A good example of 'real' American Patriotism dates back to 1765. At that time, our country was being lead byrepparttar 132350 British government. Phrases like, "If this be treason, makerepparttar 132351 most of it," and "Give me liberty or give me death" arose from a 'real' American patriot, Patrick Henry. A Political leader inrepparttar 132352 American Revolution, Patrick Henry denounced many of our "American" laws ofrepparttar 132353 time, and was responsible for developingrepparttar 132354 first 10 amendments of our US Constitution. Patriot or not?

1776 brought us Nathan Hale. Mr. Hale was famed for spying on our 'then' British-ruled country; was captured byrepparttar 132355 British and prior to his hanging said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Patriot or not?

Then we have Chief ofrepparttar 132356 Shawnee - Tecumseh. Chief Tecumseh believed that all Native American land wasrepparttar 132357 common possession of allrepparttar 132358 Native Americans, and that land could not rightly be ceded by, or purchased from, an individual tribe. Becoming allies withrepparttar 132359 'original' American government -repparttar 132360 British, Tecumseh commanded a massive force of Native Americans inrepparttar 132361 siege of Fort Meigs. He later lost his life duringrepparttar 132362 battle ofrepparttar 132363 Thames, led by General William Henry Harrison. Patriot or not?

Blackhawk, a Sauk Indian (Native American) was forced to fightrepparttar 132364 white militia and US Federal troops in 1832 over land. As a "war trophy," our then President, Andrew Jackson made Blackhawk and his son prisoners and exploited them around our 'country,' as spoils of war. Even when Blackhawk passed away in 1838,repparttar 132365 white 'Americans' robbed his grave and stole his body. Patriot or not?

Sitting Bull, a less-talked about Patriot, fought US Army troops inrepparttar 132366 1800s. He faught against General George Armstrong Custer (over gold) inrepparttar 132367 Black Hills of Dakota Territory. Sitting Bull's reason for his Patriotic acts: preserving a sacred area to many tribes. Patriot or not?

Crazy Horse, another Patriot, was a visionary leader who in 1867, fought and destroyed US Army brigade of William J. Fetterman at Fort Phil Kearny. In 1876,repparttar 132368 US Army ordered all Lakota bands confined to their American-bound reservations. Crazy Horse leadrepparttar 132369 real 'American' revolution againstrepparttar 132370 US Army; joining forces with Sitting Bull, to become victorious atrepparttar 132371 Little Bighorn. However, Crazy Horse was eventually forced to surrender in 1877 due to US military harassment and buffalo depletion. Murdered by US Military officers in September 1877, Crazy Horse was a true American. Patriot or not?

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln in noted for his infamous Gettysburg Address, stating that, "...this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government ofrepparttar 132372 people byrepparttar 132373 people, forrepparttar 132374 people shall not perish fromrepparttar 132375 earth." President Lincoln went againstrepparttar 132376 grain of "normal" American life and American government viarepparttar 132377 abolition of slavery. Patriot or not?

The Da Vinci Code and Censorship

Written by Danny Rosenbaum

I must be one ofrepparttar few people yet to read 'The Da Vinci Code'. So, it is perhaps strange that I should be found pontificating about it. But since when haverepparttar 132346 facts got inrepparttar 132347 way of a good story?

The best-seller has just been banned in Lebanon after complaints by Catholic leaders that it was offensive to Christianity.

Father Abdou Abu Kasm, president of Lebanon's Catholic Information Centre, is reported to have describedrepparttar 132348 contents ofrepparttar 132349 book as "insulting". "There are paragraphs that touchrepparttar 132350 very roots ofrepparttar 132351 Christian religion... they say Jesus Christ had a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene, that they had children. Those things are difficult for us to accept, even if it's supposed to be fiction," he said.

'The Da Vinci Code' had sold in great numbers in Lebanon where about a third ofrepparttar 132352 population are Christian.

There are many sub-sets of censorship, but one way of boiling this thorny issue down is to split secular and religious censorship. Secular censorship has often tried to protect us from ourselves, withrepparttar 132353 result being that future classics, like James Joyce's 'Ulysses' and D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' were banned initially. It has also been used by authorities such as Napoleon III and Nazi Germany as a tool to maintainrepparttar 132354 status quo.

Religious censorship has often revolved aroundrepparttar 132355 notion of image. In early Christianity, for example,repparttar 132356 feet ofrepparttar 132357 saints andrepparttar 132358 Virgin Mary could not be shown bare. Inrepparttar 132359 17th Century, Bartolome Murillo, a great painter of religious subjects, sufferedrepparttar 132360 wrath ofrepparttar 132361 Spanish inquisition for "suggesting thatrepparttar 132362 Madonna had toes".

I suppose I have always instinctively felt thatrepparttar 132363 essence of civilisation was to allow fredom of expression.

Inrepparttar 132364 realm of 'fact' whether books, or documentaries, for example, we have a variety of laws such as libel, privacy, incitement to racial hatred to protect society. Like all laws they are imperfect, but nevertheless they are rightly there to prevent people from peddling hatred and lies.

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