I am a dual US/British citizen, spent most of my life out of the United States, but have been here the last 5 or so years, so there may be some shared cultural values that I am completely ignorant of by asking this question: what is meant by 'God Save America'? I thought for years that it was just some oxygen deprived jingoistic claptrap, but it has recently shown up in some unexpected places. A sticker with a flag and the caption 'God Save America' was appended to a school folder my son brought home. I promptly removed it, thinking it must have been put there by friend or something (turns out the teacher put it there). Then this morning I picked up his football equipment (yes, American football) and the sticker is on his shoulder pads and helmet. The phrase implies, by my reading, a) a certain kind of American exceptionalism by which 'God' is assumed to be a protectorate of 'America' at the expense of other countries (why else would one assume God would only save 'America'?). b) a strange atavistic theological conceit whereby 'God' makes certain spatial distinctions based on abstract and human constructs such as the nation state. Am I missing something? It seems that these are things that no right-thinking (right=correct, reasonable) human being would want to be associated with. I am open to correction. In the past I'm sure I've said things critical of this kind of rhetoric on these boards, but I'm beginning to believe that there is something I am completely missing. Some kind of shared language that I am viewing from the outside, if that makes sense. Also, a more concrete question. Would I be considered some kind of heathen by removing said stickers?