Sunday, June 18, 2006

The First United Methods-Of-Cowardice:

Church Declares Sanctuary For Service Members Who Won't Deploy

The First United Methodist Church of Tacoma has declared itself a sanctuary for members of the military who don't want to go to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Church officials said that the council voted last weekend to open its doors to those service people beginning Saturday. The decision by the church comes after 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, a Fort Lewis Army officer, announced that he won't go to Iraq although he could face two years in prison for failing to deploy.

A statement from the church said that service members "who are unable to deploy to combat areas for reasons of conscience" can find protection behind its doors.

The Rev. Monty Smith said that "our initiative was because of Lieutenant Watada's gesture."

I appreciate a church's role in protecting people, but we have far too many anti-American Lefty/Libby/D'Rats up here that have no notion of duty, honor, or bravery. If the church is going to butt into this business, it needs to likewise teach the young to defend their country and live up to their word.


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