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11-18-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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AFA's Bryan Fischer on the feminization of the Medal of Honor

Last heard declaring jihad on grizzly bears, the American Family Association's head moron Bryan Fischer returns with his latest piece of groundbreaking op-ed work:

Bryan Fischer: The feminization of the Medal of Honor - RIGHTLYCONCERNED.COM

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The Medal of Honor will be awarded this afternoon to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for his heroism in Afghanistan, and deservedly so. He took a bullet in his protective vest as he pulled one soldier to safety, and then rescued the sergeant who was walking point and had been taken captive by two Taliban, whom Sgt. Giunta shot to free his comrade-in-arms.

This is just the eighth Medal of Honor awarded during our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Sgt. Giunta is the only one who lived long enough to receive his medal in person.

But I have noticed a disturbing trend in the awarding of these medals, which few others seem to have recognized.

We have feminized the Medal of Honor.

According to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, every Medal of Honor awarded during these two conflicts has been awarded for saving life. Not one has been awarded for inflicting casualties on the enemy. Not one.

Gen. George Patton once famously said, "The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his."

When we think of heroism in battle, we used the think of our boys storming the beaches of Normandy under withering fire, climbing the cliffs of Pointe do Hoc while enemy soldiers fired straight down on them, and tossing grenades into pill boxes to take out gun emplacements.

That kind of heroism has apparently become passe when it comes to awarding the Medal of Honor. We now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.

So the question is this: when are we going to start awarding the Medal of Honor once again for soldiers who kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely at night?

I would suggest our culture has become so feminized that we have become squeamish at the thought of the valor that is expressed in killing enemy soldiers through acts of bravery. We know instinctively that we should honor courage, but shy away from honoring courage if it results in the taking of life rather than in just the saving of life. So we find it safe to honor those who throw themselves on a grenade to save their buddies.

Jesus, in words often cited in ceremonies such as the one which will take place this afternoon, said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). So it is entirely right that we honor this kind of bravery and self-sacrifice, which is surely an imitation of the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.

However, Jesus’ act of self-sacrifice would ultimately have been meaningless - yes, meaningless - if he had not inflicted a mortal wound on the enemy while giving up his own life.

The significance of the cross is not just that Jesus laid down his life for us, but that he defeated the enemy of our souls in the process. It was on the cross that he crushed the head of the serpent. It was on the cross that “he disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).

The cross represented a cosmic showdown between the forces of light and the forces of darkness, and our commanding general claimed the ultimate prize by defeating our unseen enemy and liberating an entire planet from his bondage.

We rightly honor those who give up their lives to save their comrades. It’s about time we started also honoring those who kill bad guys.
(Note that the Patton quote removes "bastard," and is actually from the Patton movie, anyway.)

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In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: "What a maroon!"

Is this <insert favorite slur here> actually stating that there is more honor in a person taking a human life, than in risking his own to save one?

A soldier's duty is to save lives. Sometimes he must "kill bad guys" to fulfill that duty; but there is no honor in killing another human being, the honor comes from doing your duty.
A distinction he apparently doesn't grasp.
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Big talk from a coward who has evidently never served in his country's military nor risked his life to save anyone from a hangnail, much less from being shot. Self-rightous posers like this guy sicken me.

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I rather like this response (noted in your link):

"As a former infantryman who spent a year in Afghanistan, I can't figure out what is more distasteful: Fischer's denigration of the actions of the previous seven recipients of the MOH, his lame attempts to draw a parallel between the gospel and war which "is hell and can't be refined", or his lame tongue in cheek rebuttal. Like so many civilians who were conveniently absent from the conflicts of their day, he seems to think of combat as some sort of John Wayne movie. Considering that there are plenty of women who are also willing to do what he was not, I also find it ironic that he would use "feminization" in a pejorative sense. Thankfully there are plenty of men and women who are willing to do the things that he was."

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While I'm not up on history enough have knowledge of all the Medal of Honor recipients, I'm not aware of anyone receiving it just for inflicting casualties. While many recipients inflicted casualties, they got the medal for bravery and saving the lives of their brothers.

As a Christian, I also take issue with his twisting scriptures to encourage "killing bad guys". Jesus also taught us to "love your enemy". While a 400 page book could be written in reply to a stupid essay like this one, this can be summed up as another example of using passages of the Bible out of context to justify something wrong. I have never met a Veteran of any war that felt good about killing. The guys I know personally feel exactly the opposite.
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QuoteOriginally posted by reeftool Quote
While I'm not up on history enough have knowledge of all the Medal of Honor recipients, I'm not aware of anyone receiving it just for inflicting casualties. While many recipients inflicted casualties, they got the medal for bravery and saving the lives of their brothers.

As a Christian, I also take issue with his twisting scriptures to encourage "killing bad guys". Jesus also taught us to "love your enemy". While a 400 page book could be written in reply to a stupid essay like this one, this can be summed up as another example of using passages of the Bible out of context to justify something wrong. I have never met a Veteran of any war that felt good about killing. The guys I know personally feel exactly the opposite.
Well said.
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