Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” Chastised by Internet for Insinuating Non-American Lives Actually Matter.

I have never seen the show “Entourage” but when an actor from the series posted the following photo on instagram, all hell broke loose as the internet attacked him for being “idiot liberal scum” and “disgusting” – for daring to insinuate he mourns all innocent people (both foreign and domestic) who  lost their lives due to the 9/11 attacks and our nation’s subsequent Iraqi invasion.

The post reads “R.I.P the 2,996 Americans who died in 9/11. R.I.P. the 1,455,590 innocent Iraqis who died during the U.S. invasion for something they didn’t do.”

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How could a person possibly be upset with this?

A group of terrorists from a middle eastern country attacked our nation and in response we waged war on a different middle eastern country… because “freedom”, and “never forget”

What about analyzing circumstances with a modicum of intelligence, logic, and respect for human life? What about going after the individuals responsible instead terrorizing the innocent citizens of an entire country?

You do realize our actions were no different than if a small group of U.S. citizens had bombed a Middle Eastern skyscraper or government building and in response the Middle Eastern country decided to  wage war against Canada?

There are reports of schools, weddings, children, & homes all bombed, destroyed, and the innocent people there, being senselessly killed by our government’s actions. Human life is valuable. It is a tragedy Americans lost their lives, it is also a tragedy so many innocents in another country lost their lives because of our nation’s inhumane, irresponsible, and illogical response to tragedy.

Teacher Takes Action Against Student Who Refused to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance

14 year old Middle School student Fatima Smart of New Hampshire was allegedly forced by her teacher to leave class after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Smart claims she was later lectured in front of all the other students.

“She kind of used me as an example in front of the class to say that, ‘You have to stand for the flag salute, or you can be like Fatima and wait outside,’” Smart said.

“I don’t like our government at all,” she said. “I think they are making bad decisions, and I didn’t stand. I don’t like pretending to believe in something I don’t believe in to please others… They have their rights, and I have mine.”

I would not be able to hide my pride if my child got in trouble for this. It’d be one of those signs you are winning at the parenting thing. Fatima’s parent’s raised a daughter who stands by what she believes in, who is engaged and interested in the world around her, and who is intelligent enough to question the merit of robotic (and frankly creepy) traditions.

So of course her school authority figure can’t have any of it and attempts to  “fix” her immediately. Check out the smirk of clear pride on her Dad’s face in the background in this new clip..  I don’t blame him.

Smart’s parents rightfully stand by their daughter, and have asked for an apology from school officials. Smart had every right to stand by her conscience.

In New Hampshire it is voluntary for students to stand for the pledge. Smart’s parents believe she was singled out and her rights were violated for personal reasons. Her teacher said as the daughter of a military man she found Smart’s position to be offensive.

Being offended because someone won’t idolize a flag doesn’t give someone the right to force flag worship down their student’s throats, nor does it give them the right to bully students into submission. I salute this young lady for standing her ground and living up to her last name of Smart!

In Maine more heads explode over this issue when local politicians refuse to stand for Pledge of Allegiance.  In the wake of the completely over the top uproar over Cecil the lion, I think its time folks stop calling for people’s heads and take a step back to look at what is actually taking place before becoming so vitriolic over issues.

A human didn’t want to say a creepy pledge to a piece of cloth.

That’s it.

They didn’t spit on your dead grandfathers grave who served in WW2, and no, your dad/secondcousin/uncle/great grandpa didn’t “die for that flag”  –  He didn’t need to, you can buy them at Walmart for like ten dollars.

Many soldiers have died for freedom, liberty, free speech, and the security of their families. Many soldiers have died for corrupt leaders, greed, and ethnocentrism. A plethora of reasons,  good and bad, that have very little to do with a piece of cloth dyed different colors and put into a starry and striped design. So take a chill pill.

While I personally do not partake in flag burning, it is merely for the reason I don’t randomly burn pieces of cloth to prove my point, so i don’t see why I would start now.  However, I truly have no issue with those who do, nor do I have an issue with those who refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

If the actions of one’s government becomes a danger to, and constrains the freedom of, its nations citizens, I would say it would be immoral to pretend the flag still represented a country noble enough to pledge one’s allegiance.

Even if you lived in the perfect country, ten years from now it could devolve into an incredibly evil place.  Is it ok to claim your allegiance is justified  because the country “used to be cool like 200 years ago”?

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This makes blind patriotism and nationalism rather illogical concepts. The leaders you are directed under could instruct you to do horrible things, such as worship them or commit mass murder. ( ie Nazis and North Korea with their 99% government approval rating) – the most patriotic of all nations I would say.

Surely this shows such visceral reactions concerning a flag are for those without enough  intelligence or depth of thought to recognize its absurdity.

Patriotism would be great if we lived in a Godly righteous nation with just laws and a peaceful society that strongly valued liberty, freedom, and individual rights. But that is not the case nor is it even realistic. No faith should be put into something as fallible and changeable as a nation and its governing body.

Let people be guided by their morals & values. If you want to fight or stand or pledge to something make it God, liberty, justice, freedom. The timeless and eternal principles and truths that can never change or be corrupted, and save your outrage for a real issue. 

Liberation: Anyone Can Be Freed (Watch the film linked below!)

Both film and fiction undoubtedly have an effect on our world perspective and our culture as a whole. Our enemies know this and are diligently working to push their ideology into the mainstream of society.  “American Sniper” is just another recent example of film being utilized to create nationalistic pro-war propaganda.

It is refreshing to come across directors, actors, film producers, and authors willing to go against the grain – and often times their own governments, to reveal a truth that hadn’t been told before. We need more individuals within the media to counter the lies and false narratives bombarding movie theaters and television screens around the world.  One such director is David Kirk West. His film Liberation, goes against the false narrative that unjust war is of God. His movie was one of unconditional love, faith, and liberty.

The film is competing for a prize in “The Audience Awards” and you can not only watch the film for free, but help him win a cash prize by voting. As more films such as these gain popularity, we can work together to spread a new perspective around the world. Monetary contest winnings allow directors like David to continue making films of this nature.

You have to register for the site, but it’s really easy. You can do it and be voting for David in just a few seconds. By voting, you can actually even win cool prizes like $25 gift cards to Fandango, iTunes, or Amazon.com!

Here is the link to vote:

http://theaudienceawards.com/film/liberation28431#

You can vote once a day from now until April 14th, so please check back and vote often! Your vote is NOT just worth a single vote, either. The more involved you are on the website, the more votes your vote is worth, so be sure to check out a few of the other films and competitions that they’re running.