Star Spangle Banner Challenge: http://www.starspangledbannerchallenge.com/
=( … as Ronald Regan said best: “They were not afraid to stand up for their country or, no matter how difficult and slow the journey might be, to give to others that last, best hope of a better future.
We cannot and will not dishonor them now and the sacrifices they’ve made by failing to remain as faithful to the cause of freedom and the pursuit of peace as they have been.
I will not ask you to pray for the dead, because they’re safe in God’s loving arms and beyond need of our prayers. I would like to ask you all—wherever you may be in this blessed land—to pray for these wounded young men and to pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
God bless you, and God bless America.
|Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty|
|1||He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
|2||I will say of the LORD,
|3||Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
|4||He shall cover thee with his feathers,
|5||Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
|6||nor for the pestilence thatwalketh in darkness;
|7||A thousand shall fall at thy side,
|8||Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
|9||Because thou hast made the LORD, which ismy refuge,
|10||there shall no evil befall thee,
|11||For he shall give his angels charge over thee, Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.10
|12||They shall bear thee up in theirhands,
|13||Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
|14||Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
|15||He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
|16||With long life will I satisfy him,
Wow…a Wounded Warrior is heckled during a short speech he gave in support of the reinstatement of the R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) to Columbia University in New York City. Discrimination.
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based, officer commissioning program, predominantly in the United States. It is designed as a college elective that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_Officers’_Training_Corps
According to the ‘history’ page in Columbia’s web site, they did have an R.O.T.C. program from 1916 to 1969. Today, the Army R.O.T.C. goes to Fordham University and the Air Force to Manhatten College http://www.columbia.edu/cu/rotc/hist.htm
Columbia’s mission statement:
Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world. http://www.columbia.edu/content/mission-statement.html
So how does this vilification, discrimination and osterization exist in direct contrast to the core of the university’s mission statement: it’s desire ‘to attract a diverse student body….teaching on global issues…expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and convey the products of its efforts to the world. ?????
This young man stands above the crowd.
From Allen 2/17/11:
I was interviewed about my war wounding and healing on CBS Channel 11 Dallas-Ft. Worth Feb. 16, 2011.
The Honorable Allen Clark 469-831-0841
Founder, Combat Faith Ministry, www.combatfaith.com
Author, Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior
To listen to Allen’s interview on 2/16/11, click on this link:
“Chaplain, I am a strong believer in Prayer. There are three ways that men get
what they want; by planning, by working, and by Praying. Any great military
operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained
troops to carry it out: that’s working. But between the plan and the operation
there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or
failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes.
Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God. God has His part, or
margin in everything, That’s where prayer comes in. Up to now, in the Third
Army, God has been very good to us. We have never retreated; we have suffered no
defeats, no famine, no epidemics. This is because a lot of people back home are
praying for us. We were lucky in Africa, in Sicily, and in Italy. Simply because
people prayed. But we have to pray for ourselves, too. A good soldier is not
made merely by making him think and work. There is something in every soldier
that goes deeper than thinking or working–it’s his “guts.” It is something that
he has built in there: it is a world of truth and power that is higher than
himself. Great living is not all output of thought and work. A man has to have intake as well. I don’t know what you it, but I call it Religion, Prayer, or God.” (from:The True Story of The Patton Prayer by Msgr. James H. O’Neill (From the Review of the News 6 October 1971) http://www.pattonhq.com/prayer.html