10 Reasons I am proud to be an American

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I have long seen my service helping poor and oppressed people from Muslim majority countries as a patriotic as well as spiritual service. Whether I was building schools in Afghanistan, teaching English in Tajikistan or helping refugees in Europe everyone always knew that I was an American. I saw it as my patriotic duty to show that Americans care, Americans help, Americans bring hope.

Here are ten reasons why I am proud to be an American:

  1. America is the land of the free. According to the Bill of Rights, freedom is a right and not a privilege that can be taken away.
  2. America is the home of the brave. Americans refuse to be intimidated. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”
  3. The constitution of the United States is a model of democratic government with protections against injustice and the rise of dictators.
  4. 320 million Americans including people from every country in the world live, study and work together.
  5. I can worship God in accordance to my conscience without government interference, and this respect is given to others too.
  6. We have amazing journalists who stand up for the truth even when it is uncomfortable, providing citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities and their governments.
  7. Americans are generous! God has blessed this country with tremendous wealth and Americans have proven over and over that they are willing to help their neighbors around the world.
  8. America is the defender of the weak. Traditionally the US has accepted more refugees from around the world each year than any other country on earth.
  9. For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! The US has 500,000 square miles of protected natural areas. That is 14 percent of the land area of the United States. It is also one-tenth of the protected land in the world.
  10. The US has won the Baseball World Series almost every year since its inception in 1903! (with the exception of 1992 and 1993 when we let the Canadians win –heck they’re practically American, right?).