The United States has never been a Christian Nation?
There was a song in WWII that had the phrase
"Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."
The picture above shows the altar with
dominant cross flanked by the Star of David and the
Buddhist Wheel of Righteousness, probably
more politically correct than most
1964-vintage construction. Buddhists are not too populous in the US as a
whole, but are 9% of Hawaiians due mostly to the 19th century Asian
Politically correct, yes, but not historically accurate. Crosses on graves
are the oldest markers in cemeteries all over the USA.
Punchbowl consolidated remains from various temporary resting places in the
Pacific Theater of WWII. Tombstones are flush with the sod --
were raised here temporarily, but replaced by the modern
flat marble tombstones, much to the chagrin of the
this place has a different feel to it than the European WWII cemeteries we
visited with their silent rows of white crosses in
The great number of crosses there overwhelm
visitors with the sheer volume of the sacrifice
of that Generation. The Punchbowl is more subdued, resting gently in
Hawaiian warmth, and its flattened tombstones have more of a feel of a civilian
405,000 Americans died in
WWII, about 1 out of every 300 then living in the US. That may not seem
like a lot (especially compared to places like Poland that lost 1 out of 6), but
we'd have to lose a million US soldiers in Iraq to get to
Florence cemetery in France
Of course these crosses are no longer politically correct and should, of
course, be dismissed. There are a few markers with the star of David on them. If
you would just remind your self that these crosses have nothing to do with the
erroneous thought that some right wingers have about the USA being a Christian
Tuscan cemetery in Italy.
Then we need to rethink just how unfortunate it was that since the
USA was capitalistic it was necessarily terribly inefficient. This caused a
prolonged war. If it would have been a Communistic or a Socialistic nation the
war would have been won far sooner. (Not!)
In addition to this, if Germany and Japan had won we would now have
been far better off? After all one was a Fascist nation quite like Muslim
nations and the Japanese were brave enough to die for their beliefs by
committing suicidal acts of bravery, very much like Muslims do today. We would
have been so much better off if we would have either made binding agreements
with them or to just surrendered. Socialism or Communism are the only answer to
problems of the world. ??
Those countries who have embraced these isms have been so
progressive and successful that they have created the greatest advances in
bettering the human condition around the world for over a hundred years. In
contrast US capitalism has caused the spread of terrorism and out right war
because of their stinginess and greed. Just because they have sent aid by the
billions to foreign countries is beside the point.
Communism and Fascism are to be praised for their enlightening of the
masses. They only killed more people in a short period of time, then all
religions combined have done down through history, because this was a necessary
means of ridding the world of the evil that religion had produced, especially
that of Christianity??
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