Lots of bikers wear this patch on their leathers/souls: "Respect All - Fear None."
After nine of my best biker buddies got together to form Rainmakers MC (originals) - we picked that name because it always rains when we ride - my favorite 1%er cautioned me about other 1%ers who might take unkindly to us donning MC which some 1%ers consider private property like some denominations do with words like Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and so on.
IHOP (the pancake-not-peace-makers) suing IHOP (the 24/7/365 prayers in Kansas City) over that acrostic also comes to mind.
Anyway, I told my favorite 1%er to tell any other 1%ers who might be offended by our use of MC to remember we're part of the same culture and need to support each other, I'm always available to all of my biker brothers/sisters for weddings/funerals/counseling/baptisms, we're just a step removed from Wild Hogs with no business that could hardly conflict with theirs unless they're Satanists, and, finally, my respect for all authentics is notorious while my fear of posers who break our code of hanging together or hanging alone is about as real as my fear of mainline denominationalists whose connection to Jesus is often only coincidental.
While I can rage with the best of 'em if cornered or when I catch a bully preying on a weak citizen or even an owner of a rice burner, it's not that I'm especially tough or can work a blade or carry a piece. It's just that fear is less and less and less a part of my make-up as Jesus is more and more and more a part of my heart, soul, mind, and totality.
It's a 1 John 4:18 thing.
More Jesus = less fear.
Less Jesus = more fear.
Getting back to the mantra, it's part of a biker's passion for freedom.
The roots reside in the realm of the divine.
God created us to be free.
It's when we're at our/His best.
Freedom doesn't mean doing whatever the hell we want to do.
It means being who God made us to be; and when we're who He made us to be, our freedom never inhibits the freedom of others.
Bikers rebel against control freaks in government, church, and every other segment of society.
Because Godly freedoms never conflict with other Godly freedoms and always complement each other in a rainbow-covenanted kinda way, bikers are among the few remaining Americans/churchgoers who understand any freedom removed is rarely restored.
That's why most bikers are patriots for God and country.
Let me put it another way.
You won't find many bikers who are atheists, agnostics, communists, socialists, Maoists, Marxists, Nazis, Islamofascists, almost any kinda religious fundamentalist, way left, way right, or way anything that restricts the divine right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Though some don't know it - and I try hard to share this good news with my brothers/sisters riding chrome ponies; especially when asked why I respect all and fear none - bikers got it from Jesus: "If you follow Me, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!"
Blessings and Love!
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