The New York Daily News “journalist” who famously claimed that the mere act of firing an AR-15 gave him PTSD is back at it again, this time claiming that the singing of God Bless America should be banned.
Gersh Kuntzman, who has discovered the reality of being an internet meme after his comments about the “cannon-like blasts” of firing an AR-15 now says the iconic song is “as divisive as American politics.
He compared the patriotic ritual to a fascist rally, saying “Part of my outrage stems from ponderous Mussolini-esque introduction of the song, when fans are asked to rise, remove their caps and place them over their hearts.”
According to Kuntzman:
Research found that 83.8% of people who described themselves as “very liberal” dislike the song, while only 20.5% of people who called themselves “very conservative” have a problem with it.
And more than 88% of atheists dislike the song, Kaskowitz found. (Quick aside: We atheists also hate having “In God we Trust” on the currency and in the courtrooms of a country whose Constitution bars the “establishment of religion” — but that’s a fight for another day.)
Clearly still recovering from his “trauma” of firing the most common rifle sold in America, Kuntzman then makes a list of people he claims God Bless America offends, including:
* Believers!: Charlie Pillsbury once ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate and one of his issues was his objection to “God Bless America.” “God shows no partiality towards nations,” he said. “God blesses the whole world.”
* Foreigners!: I once went to a Brooklyn Cyclones game with a British guy named James Silver, who smiled when “God Bless America” was being played. “It’s exactly what I expect from Americans,” he said. “The self-righteousness, the patriotism. It’s always nice to see my opinions confirmed.”
It’s not very often that you hear someone use a Green Party congressional candidate as representative of any form of mainstream America, but Kuntzman’s loose grip on reality is already a popular internet meme.
Kuntzman does have strong views about what Americans should do or be allowed to do – including when it comes to standing for songs, as he explains:
The only songs Americans should stand for are “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Here Comes the Bride.”