The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
MONUMENT, CO- The sheer immaturity and hatefulness of the far left knows no bounds.
In the town of Monument, Colorado, a privately funded and privately owned veterans memorial is under fire because it makes a reference to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No pun intended, but God-forbid.
The memorial was created as an Eagle Scout project, and the young man who created it spent two years planning, raising funds and creating the site.
The scout, 16-year-old Michael Carlson created the memorial in honor of his grandfather, who served in World War II and his father, who served in Vietnam.
The memorial has been referred to as a “wretched…dumpster fire” and has been targeted with a lawsuit because it mentions Jesus. The memorial is located in the town’s cemetery; however, the family purchased the burial plots on which it sits.
So, what’s the problem?
Here is the inscription:
“Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American soldier. One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom. We honor those who made freedom a reality.”
Big deal. Go through any cemetery in America and you will find all manner of headstones with religious references. So why the issue?
Well apparently, a group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has a problem with it.
The founder of the leftist group, Mikey Weinstein (Mikey?) is the ignoramus who referred to the project as a “wretched unconstitutional dumpster fire,” with the organization threatening to sue the town.
A group called First Liberty is defending Carlson and the memorial.
“Remember…the memorial was privately funded and planned by Michael’s own efforts. That means the headstone inscription referencing Michael’s religious beliefs is private religious speech.
The religious reference in no way suggests that the government is discriminating, excluding, or failing to honor military veterans of all faiths—or those of no faith—for their sacrifice. Also, while located in the town’s cemetery, Michael’s family purchased the plots where the memorial sits, ensuring that the town does not own the memorial and is not responsible for its maintenance.”
MRFF, a left-wing activist group complains the monument violates the First Amendment under the so-called “separation of church and state” which is nowhere to be found in the Constitution.
MRFF said they don’t have a problem with Carlson but rather what he did, having the sheer audacity to have the words Jesus Christ displayed on a memorial.
First Liberty has vowed to defend Carlson and the town of Monument.
“Your attack on a minor who simply intended to honor our veterans is profoundly disrespectful to all involved,” wrote Stephanie Taub, First Liberty attorney and Andrew Richey, Monument town attorney in a recent letter to MRFF.
“The Eagle Scout intended to use his voice to honor all the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces. The memorial he created is privately designed, privately maintained and located on private burial plots in Monument Cemetery,” they wrote.
“Your letters and public communications to the media seek to disparage his efforts and the private speech of this 16-year-old resident of the Town of Monument.”
They continued that Weinstein’s rhetoric amounted to an “attack on a minor” and was “profoundly disrespectful.”
“The Town of Monument appreciates all efforts by members of our community, including the Boy Scouts, to honor our veterans. We respectfully request that you issue an immediate apology to Michael Carlson and his family,” the letter continued.
In response to the letter, Weinstein responded that the letter was “preposterous.”
“We have issues with the Boy Scout troop and the town of Monument, and government dollars being used to place it and maintain it,” the Colorado Springs Indy reported.
Weinstein also whined about the use of logos of various military branches, complaining they are trademarked images.
When the space was cleared for the memorial last October, the town helped clear and dig up the space, considering it being “gifted to the town.”
“Michael saw veterans were underrepresented here. He didn’t go to the government and say, ‘Fix this.’ He decided to fix it himself and asked the government to help,” said Mayor Don Wilson at the time.
“His leadership and patriotism has bettered our community.”
Not to be outdone, Americans United for Separation of Church & State also chimed in to denounce the memorial, sending a letter to town officials as well.
“Displaying a message that indicates the Town is affiliated with a Christian belief unmistakably sends the message that the Town favors those who follow its preferred religion, and that members of other faiths and nonbelievers will be treated differently,” the group said.
“It is also profoundly disrespectful to the Town’s fallen non-Christian veterans and a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
Someone please point to where in the First Amendment of the Constitution “separation of church and state” is mentioned.
Law Enforcement Today commends Eagle Scout Michael Carlson for his beautiful, heartfelt tribute to all of our veterans, Christian and non-Christian alike.
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Last year, we published an editorial from a military veteran who didn’t like the direction the country was headed in. We would like to revisit that editorial:
This editorial is brought to you by a United States veteran.
This is not what I signed up for. On April 9, 1996, I wrote my name on a dotted line, I raised my right hand and said the following:
“I, Mitchell Scott McKinley, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, SO HELP ME GOD!”
I meant every word of that oath. These are words that I still hold close to my heart. I still live by them. The fact that I am almost 16 years removed from my last day in the Army is irrelevant. The oath I took does not have an expiration date. The oath I took is valid and binding until I die.
Unfortunately, what I see today is not what I signed up for. The complete and total disregard for the Constitution and our very way of life being displayed by the liberal thought process in this country is nauseating.
I, along with millions like me, fought to defend the rights and freedoms that Americans enjoy today. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to due process… just to name a few, are things I believe are worth fighting for.
Liberal ideology has bastardized the meaning of each of those fundamental and inalienable rights that we cherish in this country.
We are currently witnessing the attempt at absolute annihilation of our Constitutional freedoms through the imposition of these draconian orders to stay at home, not work and not exist outside of a six-foot bubble.
Our elected leaders can and must do better that what we are getting from many of them right now.
Los Angeles County in California has extended its requirements an additional three months. California Governor Gavin Newsom just issued an executive order allowing mail-in voting for every registered voter in California, collected through ballot harvesting. This opens the door for some many levels of voter fraud and skewed election results.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has ordered his state’s residents to stay at home, except for essential business, then refused to answer questions regarding where his wife was during the lock-down. Turns out she has been travelling out of state for non-essential reasons.
Similarly, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot hypocritically ignored the orders she put on her city, then justified it by saying:
“I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut. I’m not able to do that myself, so I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?”
Hey Mayor, just a learning opportunity for you. Washing your hair is hygiene. Cutting it is cosmetic.
New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy told Tucker Carlson about their state’s restrictions:
“I wasn’t thinking about the Bill of Rights when we did this.”
Well, that might explain why you think liquor stores are essential businesses for combating depression and addiction, but churches aren’t.
Michigan’s senior executive, Gretchen Whitmer ordered a 77-year-old barber to shut his doors. When he refused, she had his license revoked, making it illegal for him to run his shop and provide for himself.
(1/2) This is Karl Manke. He owns a barber shop in Owosso & is refusing to close despite Governor Whitmer's order. #Michigan State Police issued him a Health Protection Order from the Attorney General today. Karl says he has no animosity toward the Governor, he just wants to work pic.twitter.com/3tErKC03cL
— Jonathan Deutsch (@JonathanD_TV) May 9, 2020
Oh, did you notice? Most of these issues are coming out of blue (Democratic-run) states.
And, for the love of God, do not get me started on what members of Congress are trying to do. The House just passed a $3 Trillion stimulus package. Led by Nancy Pelosi, they shoved many provisions into that they couldn’t get into the CARES Act.
Expansion of $1,200 checks to certain undocumented immigrants.
Restoration of the full State and Local Tax Deduction (which helps individuals in high-taxed blue states).
A $25 billion rescue for the U.S. Postal Service.
Allowance for legal marijuana businesses to access banking services (keep in mind, numerous states are mandating that banks cannot provide services for gun manufacturers and distributors).
Mandatory vote-by-mail for the upcoming federal elections.
That last one makes me wonder:
Now…back to Congress and everyone’s favorite New Yorker, Chuck Schumer.
The #HeroesAct that the House passed provides urgent and necessary help for Americans across the country fighting this health and economic crisis.
To Senator McConnell and the Republicans:
Americans can’t wait. We need to act NOW.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 16, 2020
Hey Chuck, you are aware that you narrowly passed this bill in the House. It passed by 9 votes. It is so bad, that you had 14 democrats vote “nay.” You couldn’t even get all of your ideological brethren on board.
And why now are you in such a hurry to push things through, when you and all your partners in idiocy on the left were doing all you could to slow down the CARES Act while you tried to ramrod liberal ideology that had no bearing on the situation it was meant to address?
I seem to recall you saying the exact opposite before that Act was ultimately passed. You said, in essence, that the Republicans should have given you what you wanted (irrelevant political concessions at the expense of Americans) so that you would vote yes to pass the Act.
It is ironic that you wanted to eliminate money to corporations that employ and pay the workers you claimed to want to help, yet now you are endorsing a bill that bails out blue states that have mismanaged their budgets.
That sir, is the definition of both hypocrisy and lunacy.
I spent almost five years of my eight-plus years in the Army as an NCO. An NCO is supposed to be a leader. They are charged with the welfare and well-being of those they lead.
Much like elected officials, an NCO points the way to success for both the group mission and the individuals involved in the mission. It is the leader’s job to make sure that each member of the mission is equipped with what they need to effectively and safely do their part to lead to a successful outcome.
Leaders do not simply provide the same thing to everyone and tell them they are now a success. They each have different roles to play and not everyone has the same outcome.
A NCO lives by a creed.
Elected officials could take some advice from the US Army NCO creed. I have taken the liberty of writing a version for our elected officials, which follows.
“No one is more professional than I. I am a duly elected member of (insert office). As such, I realize that I am a member of a group that has been entrusted by my constituents to do what is in their collective interest.
“I am proud of the office which I hold and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the office, the constituents who elected me and my (city/county/state/country) regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.
“Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind — accomplishment of the mission I was elected for ensuring the well-being and ability to pursue the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of my constituency. I am aware of my role as (insert office). I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role.
“All Americans are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my constituents and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with the people who I represent and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when reviewing all legislative actions and in all votes on recommended legislation.
“Other members of my team will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my constituents. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve: seniors, peers, and subordinates alike.
“I will exercise initiative, compassion, humility and integrity. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my colleagues to forget that we are professionals and leaders, elected by the people, for the people!”
Elected officials…in most cases, your constituents elect you to make a change for the better and do what is right. They did not elect you to impose tyrannical orders and restrict them from being able to live their lives.
Think about that. Really let it sink in.
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