Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The ACLU has NOT filed suit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed!

I was forwarded this email today, causing me to shake my head at the ignorance of those who believe anything they read, no matter how ridiculous it is, if it conforms to their overall view of the world.

Here's the message with my commentary interspersed. I left out most of the images, but had to include the first and last ones for reasons that will become clear.

Did you know that the ACLU American Civil Liberties Union has filed a suit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed

How could you? They didn't. The ACLU has never filed such a suit, says the ACLU. Says Snopes, if you don't believe the ACLU. In addition, Arlington doesn't even have cross-shaped headstones. They all bear the standard rectangular shape. Go there and see for yourself.

This picture does not show religious crosses at Arlington. Instead, it shows
NON-religious crosses at Arlington West, a project by Veterans for Peace, in which volunteers put markers on the beach in Santa Monica every Sunday to raise awareness of how many soldiers are dying in our current wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The goal of the project is to end the wars. Why the cross? "The cross was chosen for its simplicity, not for its religious connotation," says the Arlington West site.

and another suit to end prayer from the military completely. They're making great progress. The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus' name in prayer thanks to the wretched ACLU and our new administration.

Not true. There is no such ruling, and the ACLU has pressed for full religious freedom for all soldiers to practice their individual faiths without fear or favor.

I'm not breaking this one.

But you should. You have the power to break the chain of disinformation being propagated by this inaccurate, and therefore dishonest, email. You dishonor our troops by passing around such falsities when they fight for truth and justice. There is no truth or justice in circulating false claims. Stop dishonoring the troops with false claims.

The rest of the email asks for a prayer for the troops. That is always welcome, and necessary. But can we also pray for all the innocents caught in the crossfire, who have committed no crimes, who die every day simply by the misfortune of their location?

And please, read Mark Twain's war prayer before you make your own.

This, too, is Arlington West, a peace project by military veterans. The coffins represent those who died that week. The people who honor the military in this manner each week are primarily leftists.

I'll leave you with a quote from the bible. Proverbs 6:16-19, to be exact:

There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,
A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

Want to serve God? Then check out emails before forwarding. Otherwise, you are bearing false witness and spreading strife, and God would, per the bible, not approve.


Anonymous Donna Lee Michas said...

Brava, Lisa. Brava.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so whole heartedly agree. I am so tired of opening a seemingly benign email only to find lies contained in it. Do we really have to resort to lying to get our differing opinions across. How about we find ligitimate reasons to disagree?
I have a new deal...I will not open anymore email from the person(s) who forward this propoganda crap to me. I am ashamed that the only people I get them from are members of the same political party that I am from. It makes me ill.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the ACLU is not sueing anyone to remove flags from graves, please explain this artical on the ACLU website blog: "" Is this an ACLU blog? What does the 3rd paargraph say then?

5:21 AM  
Blogger Real History Lisa said...

I'm glad you sent that link. If you click the links in the above, you would understand the ACLU filed suit about ONE cross on behalf of a Jewish community who felt that one large cross made it look like only Christians were buried there, and not Jews who don't share that symbol. You have (and others have) dramatically misrepresented that one case. It's not about removing all crosses from all military headstones. It's not about crosses from ANY headstones. It's not about headstones at all. More info here.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for creating this website. I m becoming increasingly frightened by the number of people who - with the click of a mouse' spread lies and hatred ... i received another email telling me that muslim girls were being married off at 9 yrs old ... It wasn t true - it was an attempt by a few fundamentalists to incite or fuel hatred.
We need more love - not war
more light - not dark!

8:40 AM  

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