Years of tradition just came to an end. This is ridiculous.
Sometimes things happen which make me absolutely furious and sadly I must share a story that involves two things I love dearly — my home state of Georgia and the U.S. Army. We are less than a month away from celebrating the 239th birthday of another thing I cherish, love, and took an oath to defend — our Constitutional Republic, America. But what I find completely disturbing is the disregard being shown to our Independence Day by this current administration.
As reported by Fox News, “For nearly two decades, the U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church that predates the founding of the nation. But this year – that tradition has come to an end. Officials at Fort Gordon, Georgia say they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church because it violates a military policy banning any involvement in a religious service. “While there are conditions under which the Army can participate in events conducted at a house of worship, we cannot participate in the context of a religious service,” according to Public Affairs Officer J.C. Mathews. He said officials at Fort Gordon as well as the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate reviewed the church’s request and determined they were in fact holding a “religious service.”
Now, Abilene Baptist Church isn’t just any ol’ church, it is an impeccable part of the fabric of our nation’s establishment — an historical treasure.
You see, Abilene Baptist Church was founded in 1774 – one of Georgia’s most historic churches and the second oldest in the state. The founding pastor was arrested by a colonial magistrate for “preaching in Georgia” and the first pastor, Reverend Loveless Savage, was a chaplain in the Revolutionary Army. I would presume that Rev. Savage — what an awesome name — could be considered a member of the Black Robe Brigade. “It was an absolute shock,” said Brad Whitt, the current pastor of Abilene Baptist Church. “What a sad commentary on the state of affairs in America – when we cannot even allow the flags to fly if they are in a church building.” “We’ve had a tremendous working relationship with the fort,” Whitt said. “We’ve hosted all sorts of events for military families. We really try to show our love and respect and we try to honor our military folks.” The July 5th church service is scheduled to be a “God and Country”-themed celebration with patriotic music and lots of red, white and blue. Afterwards, the church is hosting a Sunday picnic – complete with hot dogs and hamburgers.”
What could be more American, and could there be a better place for a U.S. Army Honor Guard to be present? After all, the U.S.. Army birthday is on Flag Day and the motto of the Army is “This We’ll Defend” — I cannot think of a more appropriate place for the Army to deploy an Honor Guard than to Abilene Baptist Church. Funny, the tradition comes to an end on the watch of the Obama administration — yet another example of the fundamental transformation of America? Hey, I guess it’s all cool, we have no strategy to defeat ISIS. No big deal, an Army Honor Guard can’t participate in a 4th of July celebration in an American historical site.
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