A little background: I play a halfling Warlock who’s patron is an as-yet unknown undead entity. Since pledging my allegiance to them, I’ve had constant hunger that isn’t satisfied by normal food. I managed to capture two enemy agents (who are Elves) and this happened during the interrogation:
DM: So nothing’s worked on them yet, anything else you want to try?
Me: Yeah can I eat a few of their fingers? I feel like that would fuck someone up pretty badly
DM: Yeah that’s fair, cannibalism is pretty fucked up
the shadiest fucking thing about the American Pledge of Allegiance in schools is they force you to do it with varying penalties in elementary school and never, ever explain to to you what the Hell you’re doing when those words come out of your mouth. Then, when you get to middle school and you’re at about the right age to really question those words, they mysteriously stop doing it in the mornings, so you never get a chance to question those words and the fact they forced you to memorize and say them every morning for a fair chunk of your life ages 6-12.
And then of course you have kids who are seniors or in college and haven’t had to say the pledge in school in years except on, like Veteran’s Day, but can still recite it word for word when asked on the spot, but even then, don’t really know what they’re saying.
A history teacher once asked my class last year what government the US had. Everyone said “democracy”.
“No, specifically we’re a republic. It’s in the Pledge. How do you not know this?” He replied.
And there was this dawning moment of realization on everyone’s faces and even the teacher’s face that none of us had ever once really considered what we were saying when we recited the pledge. They were just meaningless words we didn’t know the meaning to and were forced to repeat time and time again.
“We’re doing as much as we can, and we can’t help but get pissed off when we see situations where it’s clear that the black life doesn’t matter. Show me in American history where all lives have mattered. Show me liberty and justice for all like that fucking Pledge of Allegiance we love to say.” - Sandra Bland, HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY AND REST IN POWER.
What’s happening in Marawi City is an emergency and a tragedy but PLEASE avoid calling them ISIS fighters. They are part of the Maute Group, an Islamist group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS and Abu Bakr.
Calling them ISIS fighters would make many people think that foreign terrorists have made their way into the Philippines, making this seem like an issue of international security instead of domestic/regional. What that does is put the Philippines at further risk of imperialist intervention in this era of the global ‘war on terror’.
So please avoid rhetoric that plays into imperialist hysteria, because if there’s one thing that will make this situation a whole lot worse, it will be a whole bunch of Westerners calling for Western powers to come ‘save’ the Phillipines.