Many simple minded people use the phrase “not a patriot” if someone does things they don’t agree with. Many of these same people consider it unpatriotic to oppose any war their country is involved in. The concept of patriotism opposes freedom of thought. For instance simply giving the reason that Colin Kaepernick went forward with his kneeling protests as simply being disrespectful and unpatriotic is an argument with little thought. Using the words patriotic or unpatriotic have just been a way to be dismissive.
I consider myself a Patriot meaning I respect and am loyal to the concepts of our Constitution, military laws,and the laws of of country. It does not mean I accept bad laws or the or the neglect in upholding the merits of the Constitution such as the separation of church and state which is so prevalent at this time.A patriot can question and seek to correct what appears to be mistakes like opposing the right of a woman to do with her body as she wishes or protect the rights of the LGBT community or to protest a war that is wrong.Religion on the other hand does not appear to give it's members this freedom of action. It seems cannon law is without flaws and must be adhered to. This is a great wrong. Just look how many years catholics were condemned to hell for eating meat of Friday but the military could always do it and by rule of the pope so can all catholics now. This means there is a difference between Patriotism and religion.