Brad Pitt's new WWII film Fury is violent, vulgar, maybe not entirely realistic, but also inspirational. He's a veteran tank commander pushing against heavy German resistance during the war's final days. Inflicted with a dangerously raw recruit for his experienced tank team, Pitt compels him to shoot a German prisoner caught wearing an American's coat. Trying to harden the young clerk typist, at one point he points to a burning German village, and he explains that the reality of the world is violence. Later, having passed the corpses of German civilians, including children, hanged by the SS for refusing to resist the Allies, Pitt orders the shooting of a captured SS officer whom a civilian identifies as the culprit.
Amusingly, one of Pitt's tank crewmembers that likes to quote Scripture (and use the F word) confronts the new recruit with, "Are you saved?" The young novice responds, "I am baptized," provoking the Bible quoter accurately to surmise, "You're a Mainline Protestant, aren't you?" It turns out later that the Pitt character also knows the Bible, chapter and verse, which is likely true for the real Pitt, who hails from a Pentecostal background.
The day after watching Fury I sat at a luncheon next to a distinguished 91-year-old retired U.S. Army general that as a young officer commanded an infantry platoon in France and Germany during the war's final year. I told him about the movie scene in which Pitt compelled shooting a German prisoner. The old General recalled some of his men didn't want to take prisoners but as an officer it was his duty to restrain him. I also asked if soldiers then used the F word like a machine gun as most modern movies like Fury portray. Absolutely not, he insisted, they sometimes cussed but not like that. I asked if he knew before the war's end how evil the Nazis really were. He said no, they were just enemies who needed killing, until his unit came across one of the death camps. more >>
The goals of the LGBT movement are not malleable. They are absolute and aggressive. The bakers, wedding photographers, florists and others throughout the country who have declined to provide services for same-sex weddings, knowing that such provision constitutes tacit endorsement, have become targets of often the vilest of attacks, not to mention legal action and media scorn.
To disagree with the full mainstreaming of homosexuality is to be a social pariah in popular culture, education and even professional life. For even mentioning their support of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman, sportscasters, restaurateurs, business leaders and other public figures have lost jobs and been forced from their positions. This is a form of fascism.
Americans across the country will be observing Veterans Day on Tuesday, a federal holiday dedicated to those who've served in the United States Armed Forces, regardless of the era, or branch of service.
While now dedicated to American soldiers of all wars, Veterans Day has its roots in the end of World War I.
"On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War," noted history.com. more >>
When a panel of judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pulled the nation back from the brink this week, they provided a rare glimpse of common sense in the debate over ending marriage. The majority opinion asks us to:
Imagine a society without marriage. It does not take long to envision problems that might result from an absence of rules about how to handle the natural effects of male-female intercourse: children. May men and women follow their procreative urges wherever they take them? Who is responsible for the children that result? How many mates may an individual have? How does one decide which set of mates is responsible for which set of children? That we rarely think about these questions nowadays shows only how far we have come and how relatively stable our society is, not that States have no explanation for creating such rules in the first place.
We don't have to look far to "imagine" that dystopia. International activist Masha Gessen has given us a stark vision of what such a society without marriage means. Here, thanks to National Review Online's Ian Tuttle, is the true goal of the marriage-enders. Gessen told a panel in Australia what she and her fellow radicals seek: more >>
Christian students at a Colorado public high school were told they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during free time – because such activity violated the U.S. Constitution, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges.
Chase Windebank is a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Three years ago he started meeting together informally with his classmates for prayer and religious fellowship. The young people would meet in an unoccupied choir room to sing songs like "Amazing Grace" and discuss the issues of the day from a religious perspective.
But all that changed on Sept. 29th when Chase was summoned to the office of Assistant Principal James Lucas. more >>
Conservative voters slammed the door shut on two openly gay Republican candidates in last Tuesday's midterm elections despite strong support of their political bids from some members of the party's leadership.
Just last month, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, supported openly gay Republican candidates Carl Demaio of California and Richard Tisei of Massachusetts, defying opposition from conservative groups like the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, which argued that his actions were against the Republican platform.
The group of conservatives sent a letter to Boehner, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Greg Walden (Oregon) and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) protesting the party's support for DeMaio, Tisei, and Senate hopeful Monica Wehby of Oregon, who supports abortion and gay marriage. more >>