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Is it hate?

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Submitted by Hathor (United States), Mar 31, 2008 at 21:01

Just tell me what was hateful. Hateful to you. Take apart his whole sermon since you seem to be a lawyer or a lawyer wannabe. There were statements that weren't factual and some things said that were rhetorical and others which out context could not be proved to be fact or not. I don't see that constituting hate speech. There are devices in sermons of black preachers that you would probably have no idea what he's referring to; words said, that allude to previous events, sermons, scripture, and songs.

I also want to ask you, would you kiss the feet of some who had its foot on you. It doesn't matter if it was five minutes or a life time. For me, it was a third of my life. America is my country, that is a fact, but I don't ooze love for it, I like or dislike the individual. The constraints on my liberty were not as the slave, but none the less they were constraints.

Not loving my country does not mean I hate it. It is an entity that has allowed, the good, the bad and the ugly, afflict its citizens. When I had a security clearance, I would not in any way have violated it, because I understood the harm that could come to my community, that is how I see the people of my country. I took it seriously, but I was not the flag waving, foot kissing patriot that is expected of me now by the so called righteous. It is once again an appeal to us to constrain our liberty.

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