Thursday, June 24, 2004

Jesus and the Army

From WorldNetDaily: The U.S. Army is returning private-sector medallions designed to memorialize fallen American soldiers due to a Bible verse on the back of the items.

According to WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., Bob Parker of the non-profit group "Fallen Friend" has been sending the special medallions the survivors of soldiers and police officers killed in the line of duty since 1996.

The front side of the medallions features an image of the Liberty Bell and two quotations: "Liberty Rings For All Nations" and "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."

The back side says "John 15:13" and "A Fallen Friend," and it includes a space for the name of the person who was killed.

"That is Jesus' word, John 15:13," Parker told the NBC affiliate. The verse states: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Military officials from all branches of the Armed Forces reportedly provided Parker with the names, ranks and addresses of servicemen and women so he could send the items out.

But Parker recently received a letter from the Army, stating the branch would no longer help because of the Bible chapter and verse on the back.

Yes, we wouldn't want evil verses like this one printed on the backs of medallions. Heaven forbid that someone might be inspired to selfless feats and kind acts. The horror! The horror!

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