Celebration Of Service (3-29-2016)

Patriotic Military Pin Up

Not too long ago, I read the following story.

After Being Called ‘Poster of Shame,’ Army Recruiting Sign Tossed for ‘Controversial’ Words of Faith (by Caroline Schaeffer)

A sign in front of an Army recruiting station in Phoenix, Arizona, drew a firestorm before it was removed this week. The issue? The mention of the word “God.”

The poster, which reads, “On A Mission For Both God And Country,” and features the prestigious tabs of Special Forces, Ranger, and Airborne, was pulled after Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), wrote an op-ed on the Daily Kos website:

“There it was; an in-your-face, proselytizing, U.S. Army officially-approved (goarmy.com) recruiting poster on prominent display at an Armed Forces Career Center in Phoenix, Arizona. That outrageously ghastly graphic encapsulates precisely that which we’ve been ceaselessly calling the attention of the American people to for all this time.”

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The Army Times caught wind of the controversy, and brought it up to military command. That was the first time they had heard of the poster, the paper writes.

As command explains, the text on the poster could be changed to 47 different “slogans” to pair with the image to suit the local audience. The “God and Country” tagline was not an option:

“Had the process been followed, the copy shown would not have been approved,” [spokesman Brian] Lepley said.

The sign was removed on Friday, hours after command was notified of its existence.

MRFF applauded its removal, but also called for further investigation.

“The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is delighted that the Constitution has been adhered to by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command,” Weinstein said after the poster was removed.

“But whoever, in any way, shape or form, allowed that poster to be designed, prepared and displayed, those individuals should be aggressively investigated and very visibly punished.”

Army Times writes that it is unclear how long the sign has stood outside of the office, but images of the post show up on Reddit and Flickr as far back as October.

 

Well fine!  The military can’t mention God in an official capacity…but I sure can.  I made a poster of my own based on some cool, old WWII recruiting posters (with artistic help from a friend) . If it offends you, please avert your eyes.  If it doesn’t, good, it’s not meant to.  If you like it, please feel free to download it and pass it on.

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9 responses

  1. Remember what Psalm 14:1 says, a fool says in their heart there is no God. Keep motivating Lynn
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  2. That is awesome my beautiful spider monkey! But then anything with you involved is beautiful!

    1. Lishie! Hello wonderful man! Glad you liked my little poster. You have to push back sometimes, right?

      All is well on this front. I spent a week in Mexico over spring break. It was very nice although I don’t enjoy traveling as much as I used to. I like home.

      I hope things are well in your corner of the world. I’m always thinking of you and sending good wishes your way!

  3. I agree with V Pub! Thank God for our military, you setting an example and your poster!

    1. Glad you liked that post. I was just disturbed by that story. It seems that people just keep chipping away at the traditions and foundations of our culture…and they’re always after our military. It’s like a petri dish for destructive social experiments at this point. Makes me mad…

      1. Believe me – I understand!

  4. Thank God for our military. I can say God, too. And thank YOU for that wonderful poster, Lynn. You’ve just brightened my day. 🙂

    1. Well, you brighten my day all the time. I just love your writing. It’s always a pleasure to take a few minutes to visit your blog. Hope your day is going swimmingly!

      1. Thanks, Lynn! I’m humbled by your kind words. Have a wonderful day!

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