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Letter: This country used to be an example to the world

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 am

In my recent letter regarding “Faith in the Military,” I was surprised at the quick and obviously unthought-about responses. I quoted an excerpt from a report by General William D. Boykin, of Family Research Center, 801 G. Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20001; www.fre.org. I specifically spelled out the address so truly interested people could get complete information, as the report was too lengthy for the allocated space in the newspaper. Instead, someone jumped to the conclusion it was an outrageous lie and a ridiculous statement.

Two of my uncles served in World War I. My husband and a cousin served in World War II, a cousin in the Korean War, grandnephew in Desert Storm, two grandnephews in Iraq. One received a permanent injury in a bomb blast, and one is still in the Army as well as a nephew-in-law awaiting assignment.

Men in my family have been stepping up to the plate to fight for our freedoms for the past 100 years. I believe we have earned the right to have more than just a passing interest in military morale.

I may be an old lady, over 95, but I still have most of my marbles in a row. I have been watching and even shed a few tears as I’ve seen the steady decline of a country that was once a shining example to the rest of the world; a country that honored God, a country where citizens rose to their feet, often with a lump in their throat as the symbol of our country passed by during a Memorial Day parade. A country where the clergy was respected, regardless of what faith. And, lastly, where we respected one another.

These are the things my husband and relatives fought for and are fighting fore now. Was it, and is it, all in vain?

Louise Dowdell


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  • Andrew Liebich posted at 10:42 pm on Mon, Nov 25, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    The Obama administration released a statement confirming that any soldier who professes Christianity can now be court-martialed and may face imprisonment and a dishonorable discharge from the military...even if they are a military chaplain.

    The Obama administration has done a complete 180 and now denies that any of it ever happened, despite multiple, separate confirmations from the Department of Defense that it did.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 6:09 pm on Sat, Nov 23, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Mrs. Dowdell, remember when Obama said he was going to fundamentally "transform" America? Welcome to his world, sad, isn't it?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:01 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Where is the lengthy comment I wrote yesterday showing that revealed General Boykin as the fraud and bigot that he is?

    Did you think that information was too much for Mrs. Dowdell?

    Apparently this forum has become less of a place to exchange ideas or enlighten people and more of a forum for certain commentors on the right to insult everyone else.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:22 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mrs. Dowdell:

    It sounds like your family is like many families here in the US who have a long line of relatives who have served and fought in the many wars and conflicts that the US has engaged in during the last century +.

    My own grandfather served in the British Army in WWI and, when he had a portion of the top of his head blown off and was honorably discharged, came to the US and joined the US Army so he could continue defending the world against the march of European imperialism.

    My father and his 5 brothers all served during WWII. My older brother and my husband served in Vietnam.

    The point of your letter was not to prove who among us are the most patriotic and devoted to this country by their service in the military. There are many who are patriotic and have not served, i.e., half of our population - women.

    Your letter proffered false information about so-called "military rules" that President Obama has instituted to prevent the practice of any religion by our active duty service members.

    You provided the address of Lt. General Boykin, USA (retired), who is currently working for the Family Research Council, a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a "HATE GROUP."

    These are just a few of Boykins beliefs and previous actions:

    Boykin "wishes" that the military could undertake a coup to unseat President Obama, but bemoans the fact that the Constitution "does not permit" coups.

    Boykin is a well known Islamaphobe (he HATES Muslims) and has stated his belief that every Mosque in the US is a Muslim terror cell and that the US should prevent the building of any new Mosques.

    He believes that the Islamic religion should NOT have the protection of the Constitution because the US is solely a Christian nation.

    The George W. Bush White House had to "distance" themselves from Boykin due to his anti-Islamic rants at Christian gatherings.

    Around the time Boykin was hired at the FRC it came to light that he had accused Obama of plotting a “Marxist insurgency” backed by a secret military force “that would control the population in America.”

    In 2003 it was revealed that Boykin, then serving as a top adviser at the Pentagon under President George W. Bush, regularly told church audiences that the post-9/11 "war on terror" was a spiritual battle between Muslims and "Christian America."

    Boykin was sanctioned by the military for his anti-Islamic comments and for defining the war on terror as a spiritual war between Muslims and Christians, which he regularly delivered at right-wing Christian gatherings while in uniform - a violation of military law, giving the impression that his views were the views of the US military.

    Now, you may agree with Boykin's views. Perhaps you agree that Muslims should have no constitutional rights in the US. Perhaps you believe that the US is reserved only for Christians. And you obviously believe that President Obama is a threat to our military's religious freedom. That is your right to have those opinions.

    But when you write a letter that repeats nothing but lies which you have obviously NOT checked out for their veracity, you should expect the sort of comments that were posted to your original letter.


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