Boltgirl has the scoop on another new controversy involving the flag, this time the words spoken when a flag is folded at some military funerals. The Air Force recently changed the ritual because the old text was explicitly religious. The ritual folding of the flag has 13 folds and there is a text that goes along with each fold. The 2nd fold represented “Symbol of our belief in the eternal life.” What of those who don’t believe in eternal life? Fold 4 included:
Represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for his divine guidance.
Really? I don’t and last I checked I was an American citizen. Number 6 just has trite nonsense:
Represents where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
No, it is with our heart that we pump blood to our brain; it is with our brain that we are able to pledge anything at all. And I certainly do not pledge allegiance to any “nation under God” because I don’t believe any such nation exists. Folds 11 and 12 are even worse:
11. In the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
12. In the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
And how about in the eyes of all the other citizens? I guess they don’t matter. There’s more at the link above.