How I Didn’t Spend Memorial Day
I recently “liked” a group on Facebook called “The Christian Left.” I did so mostly because I’m seeing the Christian Right be more and more wrong a good deal of the time when it comes to dealing with others. I also believe in looking at both sides of a coin.
One of the group’s posts on Memorial Day really shocked me:
As we honor the fallen this Memorial Day, who simply followed orders and carried out their duty, let us also DIShonor the chickenhawks [sic] who avoided service, but send (or want to send) our young men and women to die. That includes YOU Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney!
On Memorial Day, we need to make this another typical day of political posturing?
Ironically, the soldiers we honor on Memorial Day gave their lives so we could have these tired old arguments. But that isn’t what Memorial Day is about in my book.
I left them a response, but curiously enough, it appeared to have disappeared later in the day.
Here, roughly, is what I said:
“Sorry, but I am not willing to divide the spotlight that’s supposed to be shining on our war dead in order to DIShonor anyone today. That’s not what Memorial Day is about. Today, the focus should be on those who gave their lives protecting our freedom. And that should be the ONLY focus.
That’s as close as I can remember, but that was the general idea.
The fact that what I actually wrote is no longer showing up tells me that “the Christian Left” is wrong, too.
Maybe I need to start a “Christian Middle” group.