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re #1: So? The fellow down the street selling flags would have used it that way even if Bellamy didn't want it used that way. The Disney character Mickey Mouse, created for entertainment, is also "partially" a sales ploy. Are you suggesting we abolish everything that is used to sell stuff?
re #2: So? The Nazi swastika is suspiciously similar to symbols of spiritual good in use for 1000s of years. Symbols and styles repeat through history. Are influenced by other cultures through history. Are changed whenever there is a cultureal need to change them. When the Nazi's became our enemies, it was reasonable to find ways to distinguish ourselves from them. What's your point?
re #3: The only valid argument so far, as far as it goes, but you are misquoting the rule. It is that Government isn't supposed to mess with Religion or take sides in Denominational squabbles, or let Religion control the Government; not that Government isn't supposed to acknowledge the existence and validity of Religion. The vast majority of American (nominally) believe in the same God (Jews, Muslims, and Christians). The pledge doesn't even specify whether it is referring to that God or some other.
re #4: But you aren't forced. You a welcome to leave. ;-) Or just stay silent while everyone else pledges their allegiance. One does wonder, though, what your real issue is? Is there a _reason_ you do not feel any allegiance to this country?
re #5: Huh? You have a rather loose definition of a "cult". By that standard a belief in the "Scientific Method" is a cult. Are you suggesting that we abolish any system that requires "belief"? Then we would have to also abolish Atheism, as it requires the belief that there is no God.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were trying for brevity. I think you were too terse for your arguments to convince anyone of anything.
Your arguments lean heavily on emotion and innuendo, rather than substantial issues.
Your position is not unreasonable, nor untenable; it is merely your arguments that are lacking.
Unexpected Consequences of Freedom of Speech
I presume that since you care about protecting Freedom of Speech that you have actually read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the other Amendments. If you can't find a copy anywhere else, my copy is linked here: [link]
Your belief in Freedom of Speech may have consequences you haven't thought about.
You are Willing to Be Offended
Since you care about protecting Freedom of Speech, I know you are willing to be offended when someone speaks their mind.
If you are to have Freedom of Speech, then so is that idiot over there who believes exactly the opposite of what you believe. They will say something that offends you, probably sooner rather than later.
And, since you believe in protecting Freedom of Speech, there isn't a thing you can do about it or because of it.
Be a grownup and deal with it.
Politically Correct Speech is WRONG!
Sounds odd, doesn't it, to say that "Politically Correct" speech is just plain wrong.
Think about these terse definitions:
"Politically Correct Speech" -- speech that is designed to avoid offending anyone.
"Free Speech" -- speech that seeks to inform, but is allowed to offend without consequence.
If you insist people use Politically Correct Speech, then you are infringing on their Freedom of Speech.
You may believe in using Politically Correct Speech, but if you care about protecting Freedom of Speech, then you must not insist anyone else believe in using Politically Correct Speech.
Be an adult. Deal with it.
They will need some new "uniform" to distinguish the doctors from the non-doctors. They gave "candy-stripers" an identifyable outfit for a reason. They won't just go to "plain clothes" like police detectives do. There is too much benefit in being recognized as a Doctor.
Whatever "uniform" they choose to replace the "White Lab Coat" (be it green, blue, or plaid) it will be just as likely to have germs on it.
The only way to prevent that is to make it "throw-away" and quickly replaceable like their gloves.
"Operating Room Scrubs" comes closest. So what color? White?