Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Tolerant US Military.

The Western Military has been 'Christianised' more or less for well over a 1000 years. The American forces are latter-day arrivals who continue the general Judeo-Christian ethos. But that is under attack.

An inspirational painting that referenced a Bible verse has been removed from a dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base after an anti-religion group filed a complaint.

 The painting featured a medieval crusader and referenced Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.”

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation called the painting “repugnant” and an “overt display of Christian nationalism.”

They allegedly received a complaint from someone at the base who said the picture made “me feel terribly uncomfortable, disheartened and disappointed.”

 “I have been extremely disturbed and shocked by a clearly Christian picture of religious supremacy very prominently hanging in the dining facility of our Air Force Base, the unidentified complainant states in an email. “I and countless other Airmen were forced to look at this ‘Crusader/USAF’ painting while we ate.”

Col. Christopher Short, the commander of the 366th Fighter Wing told me the art work was removed as soon as he was made aware.

As an old Knight - now Tavern Keeper, who once resembled more the handsome fellow in the background (and still do, say some kind people), I am amazed that someone can remain in a military force if he is repelled by a painting.

Once Integrity was a hallmark of American Military effort. Now it seems integrity has to be taken down. Maybe a picture entitled 'Tolerance' showing a military chap with his arm around  the shoulders of a Taliban chappie who is holding a machete against his neck would be acceptable.

Perhaps he is giving away strategic information to America's enemies that all they have to do is march behind some pictures and the US troops will all fall down, 'uncomfortable, disheartened and disappointed'.

Rather than removing the painting it is
Col. Short who should be removed.

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