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Just in time for Reign of Christ Sunday

Has the lion been considering lying down with the lamb in Washington DC? If so I missed it--but this seems to be the assumption behind a couple recent commentaries.

There's been some to-do over Bryan Fischer's assertion that the congressional Medal of Honor has been "feminized"--of late it's been awarded for saving other good guys but not for taking out bad ones. Fischer points out that he never said that Salvatore Giunta, who took a bullet performing a guns-blazing rescue, is himself an undeserving girly man. It's the institution of the Medal of Honor that's gone soft, failing to honor as well those whose kill counts saved America, not just fellow American soldiers.

Noted. But for crying out loud, people still think it's okay to say "feminine" to mean "weak and squeamish"? I'm sure our women in uniform will be interested to learn that killing enemies (which many of them have done) is masculine, while the Medal of Honor (which only one woman has ever received, and she was ordered to return it) is regrettably feminine.

Even more troubling is Fischer's theological rationale: he argues that, while it's true that Jesus laid down his life for his friends, he also defeated his enemy. Therefore we need to honor heroic sacrifice and heroic violence alike, lest we miss the full picture. It's a strangely literalized Christus Victor, suggesting a physical Satan whom Jesus personally kills. The Christ-like soldier doesn't just throw himself on a grenade to save his buddies, thereby overcoming the enemy's violence. He does so after firing off a grenade of his own and taking out a group of Taliban fighters.

Fischer's concern is this: that Americans are insufficiently steely in our commitment to necessary righteous violence. You don't have to be a pacifist to find this flatly absurd, what with our general apathy toward multiple unending wars of choice. But it fits in with Mark Tooley's alarm at the "ascendancy" of Anabaptist thought among U.S. evangelicals.

According to Tooley, "neo-Anabaptists now politically overshadow some of the 'Constantinian' Protestant forces that once persecuted them." His evidence: the Lutheran World Federation's apology for historical persecution of Anabaptists, along with the influence of Stanley Hauerwas, Greg Boyd, Shane Claiborne and Jim Wallis. This allegedly powerful movement "demand[s] that all Christians, and society, including the state, bend to pacifism."

Tooley's anxiety about the influence of nonviolence is astonishing--he seems to see this as a serious and immediate threat to the American political status quo. Would that it were so.

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Irony

What is weird is that these people are so obsessed with machismo and being tough, and yet, they're so easily threatened and ready to raise the alarm about their "way of life" being attacked.

And thank you for this: "But for crying out loud, people still think it's okay to say "feminine" to mean "weak and squeamish"? "

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer has never served in the military of the United States! Yet he makes baseless judgments about military service. He has never experienced combat! Yet he makes baseless judgments about the glory of the battlefield experience. Nothing seems glorious in the midst of the battlefield. A soldier must always attempt to take multiple rational actions in a state of chaos. Bryan Fischer has never shared LRP’s for breakfast with several members in his unit, only a few hours later see them shot. He has never experienced bullets and shrapnel flying all around him, nor has he heard the screams of pain from your squad members awaiting a Medi-vac. Bryan Fischer will never forget the smell of burning flesh because he does not know what it smells like. Military Moron Bryan Fischer does not understand that many combat tactics, such as flanking can have both aggressive and defensive facets. Bryan Fischer does not realize that interdependence, reliance, and trust among the members of combat units facilitate both valor and victory. As far as I know none of Bryan Fischer’s grown children ever served our country in the military. He does not know what parents go through fearing the knock on the door. It is ironic that Chicken Hawk Bryan Fischer wants to redefine the Medal of Honor, but does not understand that rescuing fellow wounded soldiers is an act of honor. If Bryan Fischer had any honor, he would apologize to Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. Personally, I want to thank Sergeant Giunta for his valor and service. Thank you.

Medal Of Honor

Bryan Fischer has never served in the military of the United States! Yet he makes baseless judgments about military service. He has never experienced combat! Yet he makes baseless judgments about the glory of the battlefield experience. Nothing seems glorious in the midst of the battlefield. A soldier must always attempt to take multiple rational actions in a state of chaos. Bryan Fischer has never shared LRP’s for breakfast with several members in his unit, only a few hours later see them shot. He has never experienced bullets and shrapnel flying all around him, nor has he heard the screams of pain from your squad members awaiting a Medi-vac. Bryan Fischer will never forget the smell of burning flesh because he does not know what it smells like. Military Moron Bryan Fischer does not understand that many combat tactics, such as flanking can have both aggressive and defensive facets. Bryan Fischer does not realize that interdependence, reliance, and trust among the members of combat units facilitate both valor and victory. As far as I know none of Bryan Fischer’s grown children ever served our country in the military. He does not know what parents go through fearing the knock on the door. It is ironic that Chicken Hawk Bryan Fischer wants to redefine the Medal of Honor, but does not understand that rescuing fellow wounded soldiers is an act of honor. If Bryan Fischer had any honor, he would apologize to Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. Personally, I want to thank Sergeant Giunta for his valor and service. Thank you.

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