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A Nation of Americans

America is a nation of immigrants. America has always been a nation of immigrants. Or so we are constantly told. Strange, then, that the phrase did not become common until John F. Kennedy published a book with that title in 1958. “All Americans have been immigrants or the descendants of . . . . Continue Reading »

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

The Virtue of Nationalism by yoram hazony basic books, 304 pages, $18.99 In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a surge of patriotism ran through me. I was, however, a junior professor teaching at Prince­ton University. National pride struck most of my colleagues as a crude emotion. With a healthy . . . . Continue Reading »

Nuanced Patriotism

I love my country – I fear my government. I first saw that mantra as a bumper sticker in the Clinton nineties. It then began to sprout as billboards and rock-paintings in the Obama years, and it has now become the chorus to almost every song of complaint composed by American conservatives. It is . . . . Continue Reading »

American Islam

read recently that some young Muslims in the United States are complaining that what goes on in their mosques is not “American” enough. They say that the patterns of worship and religious education seem designed to preserve the connections to the countries from which their Muslim communities emigrated, while these young folks want their faith to guide them in their lives in America. Continue Reading »

Flag Day

[caption id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”490”] I know, the wind carried the flags the wrong way when I made my shot; the flag is honorable no matter which way the wind is blowing. May that be true whether literally or figuratively interpreted.[/caption] . . . . Continue Reading »

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