Wednesday, November 10, 2010

God Bless America

I was at an event, a conference of sorts, with some interesting speakers, including Colin Powell. At the start of the event, they played the national anthem, and I stood up, hand over heart, looking for a flag (didn't look around like a yokel for too long, didn't see one, so I looked at the singer, found it later), in accordance with the suggestions put forth by Congress in the Flag Code. In the afternoon, they sang "God Bless America" and I did not stand. There are a number of reasons, but here's the one relevant to one of the purposes of this blog: the panheresy of ecumenism. The song indicates that it is a prayer, and I don't engage in acts of public prayer with heretics in accordance with canon law under threat of excommunication.