posted on Aug, 19 2008 @ 06:06 PM
1. an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
2. Bible. a. an image of a deity other than God. b. the deity itself.
3. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion.
While normally associated with religion, idols can represent anything (see 3 above).
I hope those of you who love, adore, or worship the flag aren't christians, else your breaking one of the commandments:
"You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or
that is in the water under the earth"
IMO, God doesn't want people getting caught up in symbols because they detract from what's really important. Great examples on this thread of people
being more upset about how the flag is handled than by what it represents.
By the by, for those who missed my earlier post, I am a vet (Gulf War) and come from a military family (father - Korea/Vietnam, uncles - WWII/Korea,
grandfather - WWI). We all agree that the flag isn't as important as the rights and freedoms for which it stands - even my uncle, the Marine that
served in the South Pacific.