Category Archives: History

The Bill Of Rights Says No One Has To Stand For The Anthem

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image of students giving Bellamy salute in 1941
Forced Patriotism circa 1941

I never liked being forced to do something especially if I had major moral issues about it. I had a telemarketing job where I had to sell stuff I knew people didn’t need to buy. As a kid, I hated having to recite the pledge of allegiance and as an adult I refuse to recite it and I don’t stand the for the national anthem. It isn’t because I hate my country, it’s because I love my country and want it to do better. If the pledge and anthem mean anything it’s my right to address my grievances with my government like not standing for the national anthem.
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Removing Confederate Statues One Step In Acknowledging Historical Mistakes

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image of Statue of the traitor Robert E. Lee in Richmond, VA.
Statue of the traitor Robert E. Lee in Richmond, VA.

New Orleans, Charlottesville, and Baltimore are the latest flash points in countering white supremacy efforts to sanitize our history. Confederate statues and monuments have been removed or there are plans to remove them. Some people complain that such actions are erasing history but in fact removing Confederate statues is one step in acknowledging our historical mistakes.
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When Did It Become Normal To Get Paid For Doing A Good Deed?

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image of a Lunar Sample Bag Sold At A Government Auction By Mistake
Lunar Sample Bag Sold At A Government Auction By Mistake

A woman combing the Internet for deals found one in a piece of history. After a court case gave her clear title she wants to auction off the item to the highest bidder. When did it become normal to get paid for doing a good deed for one’s country?
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Islamophobic Anti-Refugee Meme Debunked

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a smaller version of the False meme about Muhammad A conservative friend of mine posted an Islamophobic anti-refugee Meme on Facebook the other day. The text on the image claims that the Prophet Muhammad, the Jesus of Islam, was taken in by the Jewish city of Medina and within five years he had driven out, killed, or enslaved all the Jews. The accusation sounded so ridiculous I had to try and verify it. Of course the ‘facts’ in the meme were very wrong.
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The Time For Columbus Day Is Over

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image of Columbus Day protestersToday, in my part of the world, is Columbus Day. It’s suppose to honor Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in 1492. Like alot of holidays observed in this country Columbus Day is full of myths and missing history. In Columbus’ case the history that tends to be overlooked should not be overlooked. I think it’s time to stop with Columbus Day and replace it with a holiday that honors the people who were in the New World first – the Native Americans.
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