Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Please note that I am not attesting that this is correct. I have not seen the WW II Memorial or do I have any first hand knowledge of the conversation noted below. I do believe we have movement in our country to try and forget about God and the Blessing He has bestowed on this great nation. I also believe this is a big mistake and it is undermining the foundation that this country was built upon.
A MESSAGE FROM AN APPALLED OBSERVER:
Today I went to visit the new World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I got an unexpected history lesson. Because I'm a baby boomer, I was one of the youngest in the crowd. Most were the age of my parents, veterans of "the greatest war," with their families. It was a beautiful day, and people were smiling and happy to be there. Hundreds of us milled around the memorial, reading the inspiring words of Eisenhower and Truman that are engraved there.
On the Pacific side of the memorial, a group of us gathered to read the words President Roosevelt used to announce the attack on Pearl Harbor:
Yesterday, December 7, 1941-- a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked.
One elderly woman read the words aloud:
With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.
But as she read, she was suddenly turned angry. "Wait a minute," she said, "they left out the end of the quote. They left out the most important part. Roosevelt ended the message with "so help us God.'"
Her husband said, "You are probably right. We're not supposed to say things like that now."
"I know I'm right," she insisted. "I remember the speech." The two looked dismayed, shook their heads sadly and walked away.
Listening to their conversation, I thought to myself, "Well, it has been over 50 years. She's probably forgotten."
But she had not forgotten. She was right.
I went home and pulled out the book my book club is reading --- "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley. It's all about the battle at Iwo Jima. I haven't gotten too far in the book. It's tough to read because it's a graphic description of the WWII battles in the Pacific.
But right there it was on page 58. Roosevelt's speech to the nation ends in "so help us God."
The people who edited out that part of the speech when they engraved it on the memorial could have fooled me. I was born after the war. But they couldn't fool the people who were there. Roosevelt's words are engraved on their hearts.
Now I ask: "WHO GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE WORDS OF HISTORY?????????"
Send this around to your friends. People need to know before everyone forgets. People today are trying to change the history of America by leaving God out of it, but the truth is, God has been a part of this nation, since the beginning. He still wants to be...and He always will be!
If you agree, pass this on. If not, MAY GOD BLESS YOU
Hee hee... Whoopsi! the nut jobs have let me into their little world again. Here is my reply:
Dear Mr. Haller,
The sentiments you lay forth in the opening part of this email are admirable. They are apparently heartfelt and sincere. I respect the belief you espouse.
However, and this is simply for the sake of correcting a factual error for the benefit of all the many who received this message, the anecdote following your comments is maliciously erroneous.
The untruth of the story is a dishonest way to push an agenda. If the people who published it would make their beliefs known in the clear and honest way that you do, then discussion could go forward without mistrust.
Unhappily, they did not take the high road, as is shown by the following results of 5 minutes of research:
The text that the story teller puports is on the memorial is: "Yesterday, December 7, 1941-- a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked. With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination
of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph."
The text that is actually on the memorial is:
" PEARL HARBOR
DECEMBER 7, 1941, A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY…NO
MATTER HOW LONG IT MAY TAKE US TO OVERCOME THIS
PREMEDITATED INVASION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IN THEIR
RIGHTEOUS MIGHT, WILL WIN THROUGH TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY."
The actual text may be verified at the government website for the memorial: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=archives.asp&subpage=factsheets
under the heading "inscriptions"
True copies of the speech may be viewed at :
The "omitted" 'so help us god' does appear in paragraph
18 of the original speech. The inscription on the monument is a juxtaposition of the beginning of paragraph 1 and all of paragraph 15. In a small inscription that culls two portions of a 19 paragraph document, it is a bit of a stretch to suggest that the inscriptors willfully and with malice aforethought omitted a theistic reference.
On the other hand, the authors of the story willfully altered the inscription to include a portion of paragraph 18 so they could accuse the inscriptors of leaving out the last part. Reprehensible. Surely the authors could find some true example of religion being omitted from some public display to be upset about. Then, the issue of whether or not the reference should be there or not could be discussed without the invention of some malign intent on the part of one side or the other.
In fairness to Steve-o, his red wagon was only in need of some minor maintenance. The douche-nozzle who scripted the email he forwarded is the one who had suffered from C.R.W.F. (catastrophic red wagon failure)
No job too big, no job too small for your friendly neighborhood red wagon repairman.
No Crosses on
Did you see in the news last week where the A.C.L.U. doesn't want any crosses on Federal property?
Crosses on Federal Property?
Let them try and remove these.
What are these people thinking?
At what point do we say, enough is enough?
Please pass this on to as many people possible as quickly as you can even if you normally don't do this type of thing.
Some messages just need to be forwarded and this is most certainly one of them.
Please take the time.....
I replied to Steve the following:
Dear Mr. Haller,
I'm not sure what possessed you to send me the following email (subj: ACLU Morons). You obviously don't know me. Normally I would discard such dross out of hand, but the opportunity to enlighten is not easy to pass up.
The original author would have one believe that a campaign by the ACLU to remove symbols of religion from federal property is aimed solely at the christian symbol of the cross.
This is inaccurate. The ACLU's official position is that federally owned property is by definition public property and should respect no single establishment of religion over any other. Often, this is best achieved by respecting none.
I'm not sure where the cemetery in the picture is located. If it exists, it is not the norm. A quick glance at the photographs on the site :
will show what a U.S. government-issue headstone looks like. In case you've no time to look, I'll tell you: It's not cross-shaped. Individual servicemen and women's families have had symbols respecting their various religions carved on their own headstones. This respects only the individual being memorialized by the specific marker, and makes no broad claim as to the belief of the body politic.
I assure you, Mr. Haller, that I offer you no rancor with this dissenting opinion. I go to the trouble of replying with only the hope of demonstrating that there is always a differing viewpoint. Religion is a subject to which many react with passion, and therefore without deliberation.
-"It is far better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."
Red Wagon officially repaired...
Steve graciously replied that he would remove me from his mailing list, and allowed that he didn't know how I got on it to begin with. :-)