Soldiers have sacrificed for my religious “freedom,” therefore I am required by the masses to worship a flag regardless of my convictions. To not do so is frequently called “sacrilege.”
The “American Dream” is a gift given to the most faithful. Some black men (who, because of their status, have more to atone for than we white people) have achieved playing football, therefore expressing the injustices others experience means they are ungrateful to be allowed their high social status…it is to turn the nose up at the gift.
Police “lay their lives on the line” to protect us, therefore they ought to be able to kill us with impunity—and we must be grateful to them. I sometimes wonder if I should be happy if a firefighter decided to burn my house down with my family in it. He does, after all, make great sacrifices to protect me from fires.
The cult of “freedom” is the American version of the Emperor cult of the Caesars of ancient Rome. Its salvation (freedom) requires me to revere its totems (flags), genuflect for its songs (anthems), tithe to its temples (establishments), worship its messiahs (providers of freedom), venerate its martyrs, fund its priests (politicians), honor its patriarchs (forefathers), and exegete its scriptures (constitution). It has all the ceremonies, rites, rituals, traditions, orthodoxies, and heresies of any religion—and like many theocracies, it wars with others to maintain its position. Every war is somehow, inexplicably, a battle for my freedom. Any foreigner (non-citizen) is a faithless pagan and somehow, less. To become a proselyte, one must pay an awful price. And just like in the Emperor cult of Rome, you can have any other “religion” you want, as long as you make sure it plays second fiddle to the Empire—because don’t forget that the Empire makes your religion possible. Your god must always honor the Empire cult.
And for the blind, following masses, to question the civil religion, to refuse to worship its flag by pointing out injustice is to question this salvation, to blaspheme its messiahs, its totems, and its anthems.