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We’ve ‘Feminized’ Medal Of Honor By Not Giving It To Soldiers Who Kill More People


O’ yeah…we’re a Christian nation alright. Bryan Fischer, the director of Issues Analysis for the Christian group the American Family Association, is proof – positive.

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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.

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.  (link)

From Bryan Fischer’s bio:

Bryan Fischer has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University, and a graduate degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

He served on the staff of Cole Community Church in Boise, where he founded the Cole Center for Biblical Studies and served as its director for 13 years. He then founded Community Church of the Valley, where he served as senior pastor for 12 years.

In 2004, he co-founded the Keep the Commandments Coalition in an effort to protect the Ten Commandments monument in Julia Davis Park in Boise. After the monument was removed, he spearheaded the initiative drive which collected 19,000 signatures to give citizens in Boise the opportunity to vote on a new Ten Commandments display for the park.

He received the “Friend of Life” award from Idaho Chooses Life in 2003, and the “Christian Statesman” award from the Biblical Worldview Learning Center in 2005.

Organizations like the “Christian” American Family Association, and their spokes-people, are an example of those who claim America was founded as a Christian Nation and wage political war in the effort to “take America back” for God.

In reality they are proof  of America NOT being a Christian Nation–and worse yet, proof of just how much American Christianity (as a whole) is divorced from the teachings of Jesus.

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15 comments on “We’ve ‘Feminized’ Medal Of Honor By Not Giving It To Soldiers Who Kill More People

  1. So, this jerk derides the military for being feminized, while he has never troubled himself to show his manliness by serving himself? Or maybe he just left that out of his bio?

    This guy doesn’t know his theology very well, either. Jesus’ sacrifice was NOT meaningless, and it wasn’t dying on the cross that dealt any fatal wounds. It was that act which made it possible for us to be redeemed, but He could actually kill Satan at any time if He wanted to.

    This is disgusting.

  2. Oh my! I read the rest of Fischer’s essay on their website. He (rightly) points out that Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection destroyed the power of God’s enemy, the devil; but then (horribly, wrongly, and dare I say blasphemously!) tries to liken human soldiers killing other human beings to Jesus’ work! Am I the only person who sees that comparison as perverted, blasphemous, and dangerous?

    Are these people unable to see any distinction between the spirit realm and this wordly eschaton? Apparently that’s where it leads if you think that the worldly systems must be conquered and will become the Kingdom.

    Perhaps this likening of Jesus’ triumph to young men trained to brutally exterminate unredeemed human beings, is commonly held in these circles? Because a pastor of a church we attended began his July 4th “sermon” by saying that just as Jesus won our spiritual freedom through his sacrifice, in the same way our soldiers win our freedoms here in the USA. It was too much for my husband, coming from the pulpit as it was, comparing anything (particularly war!) to the ultimate unique historical event of Christ’s crucifixion, which can only cheapen the cross, and elevating our civil freedoms to sacred status which can look a lot like idolatry. He got up and left.

    What are we to do about such ideas being spread? Should we not challenge them? Should we not try to gently urge people to re-examine (judge) these ideas to see if they
    really are biblical and true?

    • He (rightly) points out that Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection destroyed the power of God’s enemy, the devil; but then (horribly, wrongly, and dare I say blasphemously!) tries to liken human soldiers killing other human beings to Jesus’ work! Am I the only person who sees that comparison as perverted, blasphemous, and dangerous?

      Vicki i agree,…it is perverted. What is amazing are the number of self-claiming Christians in America who believe as Fischer does.

      When coming across similar ignorant statements (like Fischer’s) every day, which i do, it makes me wonder if they ever read the teachings of Jesus–or ever have! Or do they ‘know’ Him at all…

      In an article Roger Oakland asked a question which comes to mind. It was something on the order of:

      “Can those who don’t know the King establish the kingdom of God?”

      Good question. I would only add, “Can those who don’t obviously know the King be looked upon as representing the Christian faith?”

      You know my answer; no they can’t. But regrettably, in todays America they do.

  3. Strange argument quantifying the number of lives taken to thus qualify for the Congressional Medal of Honor. And then to use the ultimate “life saving/life giving” sacrifice on the Cross to justify killing enemies of the state. Wow. What is this world coming to? Indeed, what is so-called Christianity coming to that tolerates such abuse, distortion & misrepresentation of Jesus The Christ???

  4. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt . — George Eliot

    • Mark, i thought about you as i read this article yesterday. Wondering, as one who served in Afghanistan, what you’d think…

      (its good to hear from you)

  5. Joseph you might be interested in reading Fischer’s column today, in which he attempts to defend what he wrote.

    A week or so back i posted some personal thoughts on what i’ve noticed about those who follow the teachings of dominionism;

    Ever notice how dominionists (and their prophets) base their warped theology, especially as it pertains to “taking our land back for Jesus”, from the old testament? Its almost as though the enacting of the new covenant never took place.

    If you understand this, its easy to see how they foster these weird ideas about America. Their idea’s of American Exceptionalism and America’s ‘Manifest Destiny’, (see, Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism) are found in the old testament, under the OLD covenant God made with Israel: not America. Or with any other nation, as far as that goes. (“Taking Our Land Back For Him“)

    Keep that in mind when you read Fischer’s warped reasoning in this latest post. He too hearkens back to the old testament (and old covenant), apparently believing the ‘old’ supersedes the ‘new’ (covenant) and teachings of Jesus.

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    The blowback to my column of two days ago, in which I argued that we seem to have become reluctant to award the Medal of Honor to those who take aggressive action against the enemy and kill bad guys, has been fierce. It has been angry, vituperative, hate-filled, and laced with both profanity and blasphemy.

    What is striking here is that readers who have reacted so viscerally to what I wrote apparently didn’t read it, or only read the parts that ticked them off. I’m guessing a fair amount of the reaction has come from those who didn’t actually read the column, but read what others said about the column. It’s been fascinating to watch.

    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…

    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 Lords and King of Kings.

    I’m not sure there is a clearer or more forceful way for me to say it than I did right there, that we surely ought to continue doing what we have done, which is to grant our highest award for valor to those who risk their lives and even forfeit them, as our Lord and Savior did, in defending the lives of their friends.

    Some have accused me of denigrating awards for such valor, which is nonsense, as the words above attest. I can hardly be rightly accused of denigrating an award given to those who I believe exemplify the courage and self-sacrifice of the Savior of the world. I have no doubt that I will continue to be accused of this, but such accusations are entirely without merit.

    I’m not saying that our soldiers have become feminized in the least, especially those who have earned the Medal of Honor. It’s not our soldiers who have become feminized, it is the awards process that has become feminized.

    What I am saying is that I am observing a trend in which we single out bravery in self-defense and yet seem hesitant to single out bravery in launching aggressive attacks that result in the deaths of enemy soldiers.

    It is striking that a certain amount of the criticism I have received actually verifies my thesis. In response to my call to also honor those who have killed bad guys in defense of our country, I have been called everything from savage to brute to bloodthirsty to anti-American to un-American to traitor to “expletives deleted” to the antichrist himself.

    Surely some of this supports my contention that we have become too squeamish to honor such valor. It’s almost as if it embarrasses us, as if we feel there is something inappropriate about awarding our highest honor to those who kill the enemy in battle. It is as if our culture has become so soft and so feminized that it makes us enormously uncomfortable to think about praising such actions. It’s like we know such warfare needs to be waged, but we’re hoping we don’t have to find out very much about it.

    It apparently is easier for us to honor valor when exhibited in self-defense, but we find ourselves reluctant to honor killing the enemy when we are the aggressor in a military setting.

    By my rough count, about 25% of the Medals of Honor during the Vietnam War were granted to soldiers who showed unusual bravery and courage in assertive military action against the enemy. So far, according to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, we have yet to do so even once in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely there have been exceptional acts of bravery of those kinds in these wars, and yet we have failed to grant our highest honor for gallantry to any of them.

    The Scriptures certainly know nothing of such squeamishness. Remember what drove King Saul into a jealous rage was when the women of Israel commemorated David’s exploits in song:

    “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands” (1 Samuel 18:7).

    And this was not the last of David’s exploits in just wars. He went down to the town of Keilah where he “fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow” (1 Samuel 23:5).

    Then he went after the Amalekites, and we are told that “David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who mounted camels and fled” (1 Samuel 30:17).

    Again, “David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer” (2 Samuel 5:25).

    Further we read in 2 Samuel 8, “David defeated the Philistines and subdued them…he defeated Moab…David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah…David struck down 22,000 men of the Syrians…and the LORD gave victory to David everywhere he went…and David made a name for himself when he returned from striking down 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt…and the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went” (vv. 1,2,3,5,6,13,14).

    And this, remember, was “the man after (God’s) heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).

    The bottom line here is that the God of the Bible clearly honors those who show valor and gallantry in waging aggressive war in a just cause against the enemies of freedom, even while inflicting massive casualties in the process.

    What I’m saying is that it’s time we started imitating God’s example again.

    From, The feminization of the Medal of Honor part (2)

  6. “Kill people and break things,” by the way, is from Rush Limbaugh.

    It’s how that guy, who also never served in the military, defines the purpose of the military.

    Limbaugh being a blasphemer and unbeliever himself, one would think that we should hesitate to use his ideas as a foundation.

  7. If he wants society to be operated as it was in the old testament/ancient Israel, when do we get to start stoning the false prophets of the dominionists?

    • Yemi, what im afraid will eventually occur, is these folks who do not recognize the new covenant as replacing the old, (thus either twisting or totally ignoring Jesus’ teachings) will end up openly persecuting Christians who refuse to fall in line with their beliefs. Especially the hard-core dominionists.

    • A friend of mine actually share that prediction. Furthermore, I think the more dominionist/christian right group yell we are christian nation the more they sound like folks John 8 telling Jesus we are Abraham children. To them lineage to Abraham was sufficient for salvation in our present day the more you subscribe to moral values/family values/America is a christian nation shtick the more you may be considered a Christ follower.

  8. That’s really sick.

    They’ve misread the Bible on a massive scale and are worshipping an idol of their own making…certainly not the God of Scripture who reveals Himself in the person of Jesus the Christ.

  9. That youtube video confirms my fears. As soon as I saw this post I knew that it would eventually reach the mainstream outlets so that all the nation can witness yet another man shamefully misrepresenting Christianity and further damaging our witness. That’s just great.

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