Why I Stand

Why I Stand

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This past week there has been a lot of talk about the “take a knee” protest in the NFL. I, along with many, have found this to be extremely disrespectful. We are all Americans here, do we not remember what this flag means to our country?

When I was around 5 or 6 years old, I was taught that the flag is the symbol of freedom for our country; that it should never be flown upside down, that it should never touch the ground, that you are to remove your hat and put your hand over your heart and look at the flag when the anthem is playing, and once it starts to get old and frayed it should be disposed of properly and a new one is bought. I learned this as a child. Is it because I grew up with family members who are veterans, and in the military presently? Is it because my dad was a boy scout and they were taught all of this? Is it because my family is patriotic and takes care of what symbolizes our country; all are true.

In kindergarten, my morning began with a prayer and the pledge of alliance and “Grand Old Flag”. We learned the song “Grand Old Flag”, which states “you’re a grand old flag, you’re a high flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave. YOU’RE THE EMBLEM OF THE LAND I LOVE, THE HOME OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE”. As I got older I learned the national anthem, which was sung every morning in the beginning of school, at baseball games, basketball tournaments you name it everyone was on their feet. Facing the flag with their hand over their heart. There was never a question to why this was done, we just all knew that it was the respectful thing to do. When did that change? When did our flag become something that you can toss on the ground and not salute and show pride in our country? Sure, our country may not be perfect and there are issues, but when did disrespecting it become okay? (Just a heads up our country was never perfect, is not perfect now and will mostly likely never be perfect because guess what perfect doesn’t exist!)

The flag has a history, a long past that symbolizes the journey that we as Americans have overcome. The American Flag became our nations flag on June 14th, 1777. The colors Red, White and Blue all stand for something: Red stands for courage in battle and hardiness (the ability to endure difficult conditions), White stands for purity and innocence, and Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice. All things that symbolize America. All things that people fought to have, died to have, and today we are here turning our backs and kneeling while it waves for our freedom. The flag has a history, but what makes it special is the national anthem that goes along with it, that along with the flag was disrespected by those kneeling in protest.

Our national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key after he had witnessed the attack in Baltimore at Fort McHenry, during the War of 1812, in which after the brutal battle the American flag was still waving. Each line in that anthem speaks of what the flag had withstood during this attack and what Key had witnessed and was relieved to see flying the morning after.

The flag has nothing to do with color. The only colors it sees are the red, white and blue. It sees people of one nation. Maybe a nation that’s a little messy, but a nation in which people are supposed to be united. A nation where all colors, all races, all backgrounds are fighting to protect and keep free. So, by kneeling in protest, your disrespecting all of them and all that they give and sacrifice for this country everyday and you don’t have the decency to stand and salute them for the 3 minutes that the anthem plays. That’s wrong.

I stand during the national anthem not only because of the history it holds for our country, but for who are fighting for our country. I stand because during the attack on 9/11 the flag and its freedom is what people clung to, what they put all their faith into. I stand for the flag that covers the coffins of those we lost while fighting for our country. There’s a song and the first line is “American girls and American guys, will always stand up and salute, will always recognize when we see Old Glory flying, there’s a lot of men dead, so we can sleep in peace tonight while we lay down our heads……” this line holds true, and is from a song that I’ve known since I was a kid. The flag and our anthem is more than a piece of cloth and lyrics to a song, it's our symbol of freedom, what we put faith in, what people sacrifice their lives every day to protect. And if you’re not willing to stand and respect what it symbolizes that’s wrong especially if you have family fighting for what this country believes in.

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"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"


Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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Focus all your energy into just being. No one expects you to get over the tragedy that occurred in your life, so don't force yourself. Just eat, breathe, and sleep until you feel up to doing normal tasks. Whatever circumstance that has stolen your breath and turned your life upside down won't go a week in a couple of days or a week. Wounds like yours don't go away instantly; instead, they take time and nurturing. Sometimes it's best to keep a sore covered but in some circumstances, know that seeing someone is okay.

These tragedies you face are real, and they try to break down the very substances that make you who you are. Counselors and therapists can help you make sense of the burden you carry. There are many reasons why you might be hesitant to see a therapist, but if the burden you carry becomes too much, a therapist can help you lighten that load.

Know that what you are going through is real and it is tough, but you will make it out on top. You are a survivor and a success story. Every single bad thing that has tried to tear you down hasn't succeeded, and this will be no different. Trust me, your story is not over.

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