[ CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said that Kaepernick’s protest took place last Thursday; it was actually on Friday, August 26. The version also said Muhammad Ali had refused to be drafted in 1966; it was 1967.]
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I agree that this is a danger, and it seems to me that secularism may end in the same place. Humanity must take its moral guidance from somewhere, and as cultural and religious guidance becomes increasingly marginalized in the public square, the highest power left standing fills the void, even as it distances itself from religion. I recently finished writing my undergraduate thesis on Just War Theory, and most of the justifications offered by the United States for its Rules of Engagement are framed in terms of legal positivism or practicality, with no appeal to natural law. However, when trying to make decisions in the heat of battle, or to cope with their effects afterwards, we as humans need more than simply “it was legal,” and so we end up giving heavier weight to legality than it would otherwise have, and it begins to become a final authority in its own right. If we kill God, eliminating the particularity of culture and religion from the public square, perhaps it is inevitable that we ourselves “must become gods simply to appear worthy” of setting societal norms and laws.
Since 1981, the World Values Survey explores people's national values and beliefs and refer to the average answer "for high income residents" of a country to the question "Are you proud to be [insert nationality]?". It ranges from 1 (not proud) to 4 (very proud). 
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