Hall of Shame: Dishonoring the Medal of Honor

Gay Guy,

Conservative blogger Bryan Fischer (from the American Family Association) has a nit to pick with how we honor our bravest soldiers. The recent ceremony at the White House got him thinking...
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.

He then spins into a tortured argument about how Jesus was really an ass kicker, and concludes with this...
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.

Holy smokes.

If there's a nugget of truth in this, it's that it is obviously easier -- and more politically correct -- to honor those who risk themselves to save another. But when did that become the feminine thing to do?

No apologies are needed. There are a million reasons why it is easier to honor life savers than life takers. The simplicity of the vetting process probably being the largest. Trying to rank our most skilled killers -- cross referenced with a list of those who ONLY took out the baddest of the bad guys (yet another list) -- would not be a fun job.

I'd be reluctant to link to this garbage if the comments (many from vets and soldiers themselves) to his original post weren't just the right kind of medicine for this sick logic. But I also see he's posted two follow-ups where he claims that he's been misinterpreted (by blasphemers, of course) and that he's only seeking to honor those soldiers that successfully "take the hill."

--Straight Guy


kathryn said...

Wow. My first reaction was that he's probably suffering from a whopping case of post-traumatic stress. But, I've no idea how deep his underlying problems may be.

The least of which is a horribly poor choice of words...

Straight in Upstate said...

I love the semantics - "American Family Association" = kill more demons, give out more medals, quit acting like women.

BosGuy said...

Don't even bother to try and wrap your head around his warped logic.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

No disrespect to Bryan, but why would anybody want to be known for taking a life? I hear many vets are haunted after coming back from war...do any of them want to celebrate that? And how is it any less brave to save another at the cost of your own life?

Also, I thought Jesus was killed to wash away our sins-one of which is murder.

Or maybe I'm just ignorant. I admit, I don't have a thorough knowledge on that point.

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