What can we say instead of 'God Bless America' to indicate our patriotism?
I can think of a few sayings.
- "Yay my country"
- "My country is awesome"
- "My nation is better than your nation"
Granted, I'm not stellar at coming up with catchy expressions.
Why is mention of God a requirement for expression of patriotism? Why do we need a rubber-stamp expression?
Many people in the USA have interwoven religiosity into what it means to be "American". A recent Pew Research study showed,
About a third (32%) of people in the U.S. believe it is very important to be Christian to be considered truly American. This contrasts with 54% of Greeks who say this, but only 7% of Swedes.
Obviously, I'm not among the 32% of people in the US, and to me, there's no connection between a belief in a god, and patriotism... at all. For many, though, they're inseparable.
So my answer to this question is somewhat glib, but mainly due to a question that seems perplexedly easy.