Anti-Christian Bigotry

Group sues Boston for banning Christian flag, approving 284 others

The city of Boston, Mass. is being sued for religious discrimination for banning the Christian flag while permitting 284 others, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week. Hal Shurtleff, the director and co-founder of Camp Constitution, asked the city to fly the Christian flag, an inter-denominational symbol, as part of Constitution Day on Sep. 17, 2017, for a one-hour event. But the city banned its appearance, saying no non-secular flags could be flown. “There’s no question that it is an unconstitutional act and originally said it was a violation of the First Amendment, which I find ironic,” Shurtleff told Fox News. “I’m optimistic the lawsuit will go our way.” Shurtleff said the city would have accepted it if they had called it the Camp Constitution flag instead of the Christian flag. The group was planning an event with pastors encouraging racial reconciliation, freedom in the United States, and celebrating the link between Christianity and the United States, ending with the presentation of the Christian flag. But after the city’s rejection, the event was canceled. Matthew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a religious freedom law firm representing Shurtleff, slammed the city for the decision, which they made again in 2018. “Censoring religious viewpoints in a public forum where secular viewpoints are permitted violates the First Amendment,” Staver said in a statement. “Boston city officials may not ban the Christian flag as part of a privately-sponsored event when they allow any other flag by numerous private organizations. It’s time for the court to stop the city’s unconstitutional censorship.” A federal court and appeals court previously ruled against Shurtleff, but the new lawsuit has new “key facts” that Liberty Counsel believes will “compel a result in Camp Constitution’s favor.” One is that the city allowed the Turkish flag — with its Islamic star and crescent — to be raised on city hall flagpoles 13 times since 2005, according to the suit. The city has also allowed the Communist Chinese flag to commemorate the anniversary of the Chinese Communist revolution, Cuban, and Vatican flags to fly along with transgender and LGBTQ flags, which were not mentioned in the lawsuit. “Yet, despite all of these many flag raisings containing religious symbols and imagery, and the City’s allowing the official flag of the Catholic Church, Camp Constitution’s proposed flag raising was denied because it was ‘religious,’” the suit states. “There can be no dispute that the City’s denial impermissibly discriminated between religion and non-religion, and discriminated between religious sects. Both violate the Establishment Clause.”


More Than 30,000 Callers Blast ABC over View Co-Host Joy Behar’s ‘Anti-Christian Bigotry’

More than 30,000 callers blasted ABC for allowing The View’s Joy Behar to spew “anti-Christian bigotry,” but the parent company has not taken action on any of their complaints. An estimated 30,588 angry viewers called the television network as of Wednesday morning, outraged after ABC broadcast an episode of The View this month in which co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin mocked Vice President Mike Pence for his religious beliefs. Media Research Center president Brent Bozell urged the television network to apologize for allowing religious bigotry to be tolerated on network television. The MRC posted contact information for 14 advertisers that broadcast on ABC, as well as information on how to get in touch with the president of ABC television network. “I am sure the advertisers of ‘The View’ will be just as appalled as I am about the anti-Christian remarks made on the show,” Bozell wrote. Behar and Hostin criticized the vice president for voicing his belief in Jesus Christ on the February 13 broadcast. “Look, I’m Catholic, I’m a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president talking in tongues,” Hostin remarked. Behar replied that Pence’s talking to Jesus is not a sign of faith, but a sign of “mental illness.” “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices,” Behar said. The ABC television network, which includes entities such as ABC News and Disney, has not yet commented on the matter or addressed the callers protesting the network. Despite the outcry from ABC’s viewers, the daytime talk show has not toned down its anti-conservative rhetoric. On Monday’s broadcast of The View, Behar said attendes of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) “have a penchant for Nazis.”

The View is, of course, mindless garbage..  And, Joy Behar is so nauseatingly stupid it boggles the mind that ABC has allowed her to be on “Baba Wawa’s” show (The View) this long.  But, her brazen attack on those of Christian faith is a bridge too far even for Joy.  ABC needs to fire her immediately, and apologize to the millions and millions Joy has offended….as well as the Vice President.

Catholic priest demands U.S. recognize genocide against Christians in Iraq, Syria

A decade has gone by since the Rev. Douglas al-Bazi was kidnapped and had his teeth knocked out by Islamic jihadis in Baghdad, a nightmare that still haunts the Chaldean Catholic priest and one that fuels his quest to have the horror endured by his fellow Iraqi Christians be recognized for what it is: “genocide.” “I am here to tell the world, ‘Do you realize what is happening or not? Are you going to help or not?’” Father al-Bazi said in Washington this week. His visit is aimed at highlighting the resistance by the Obama administration to officially recognize that an organized genocide targeting ancient Christian communities is underway in Iraq and Syria. By some estimates, there were as many as 2 million Christians of various denominations in Iraq in 2003. Today, there are fewer than 300,000, said Father al-Bazi, who fled Baghdad three years ago for the Kurdish city of Irbil, where tens of thousands of displaced Christians are living in 17 makeshift refugee camps. “My ex-parish in Baghdad was 2,600 families. When I left, we were less than 300 families,” said the 43-year-old priest, who tried for years to hold the parish together after surviving the kidnapping in 2006. “I know [their] pain. So I don’t blame people when they decide to leave.” He spoke in a quiet, humble tone during an interview with The Washington Times that the Knights of Columbus — the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization — arranged ahead of its release Thursday of a searing survey on the treatment of Christians in Iraq. The report outlines how 1,100 Christians have been killed in the nation since 2003, while hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring states as their churches and homes were targeted, first by al Qaeda in Iraq and Shiite militia groups and more recently by the Islamic State. The report also lays out an explicit legal argument for why U.S. officials should declare that Christians in Iraq and Syria are the victims of a genocide perpetrated by the terrorist group, also known as ISIS and ISIL. “The scope of the report is this is clearly genocide and must be called such,” said Andrew T. Walther, vice president of communications and strategic planning for the Knights of Columbus. Pope Francis and some presidential candidates, including Republicans Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, have already called what is happening to Christians and other minorities in the Middle East a genocide. U.S. administrations have long been reluctant to adopt the genocide tag, which brings with it formal obligations under international law and, in some cases, can make a negotiated settlement to an international crisis harder to achieve. When pressed in early February on why the Obama administration has steered away from using the word in relation to Christians in the Middle East, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “My understanding is that the use of that specific term has legal ramifications, and so there are lawyers that are considering whether or not that term can be properly applied in this scenario.” Still, the European Union parliament last month approved a resolution declaring the Islamic State’s campaign against Christian and other religious minorities a genocide, and lawmakers from both parties in Washington are pressuring Mr. Obama to follow suit. Lawmakers quietly included a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed late last year to force Secretary of State John F. Kerry to publicly declare by March 17 whether a genocide has occurred. The House Committee on Foreign Affairs last week unanimously approved a resolution declaring that the Islamic State has committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East. Debate on the matter has swirled since June 2014, when the Islamic State surprised the world by capturing the Iraqi city of Mosul, a move that resulted in the rapid expulsion of some 60,000 Christians. Mr. Kerry weighed in two months later, after the Islamic State surrounded tens of thousands of Yazidis, an ethno-religious group whose Persian-influenced traditions pre-date Islam, on nearby Mount Sinjar. “ISIL’s campaign of terror against the innocent, including Yazidi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide,” the secretary of state said at the time. “For anyone who needed a wake-up call, this is it.” Ethnic cleansing? Merriam-Webster’s defines genocide as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.”

I think that pretty much describes it…  Obama is such a cowardly jerk..  To read more about this issue, scroll down 3 articles..

Beheadings, imprisonment made 2015 worst year for Christian persecution, report finds

Beheadings, imprisonment and eviction from ancestral homelands made 2015 the worst year on record for persecution of Christians, with North Korea topping a list of 10 otherwise Muslim nations as the most dangerous places for followers of the Gospel, according to a new report. Islamic extremism and authoritarian governments combined to make last year the worst in modern history for Christians around the world, according to Open Doors USA. The trend spiked upward in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, with thousands of Christians killed or imprisoned, and even more chased from their homes. “Islamic extremism continues to be the primary driving force behind the expansion of persecution,” said Open Doors President and CEO David Curry. “It is no longer just a Christian problem, but a global problem that must be addressed.” An estimated 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2015, up nearly 50 percent from the previous year and the highest number since such statistics have been tracked. Nigeria, Eritrea and Pakistan were among the countries that experienced the biggest – and bloodiest – spikes. “The report confirms what we have seen develop in these countries — a rise in Islamic extremism that tragically targets minority religions — especially Christians,” said Jay Sekulow, chief council for the American Center for Law and Justice. “The brutality is unspeakable, with nearly 1 million Christians being slaughtered or displaced in the Middle East.” It is up to the United States to bring about change, according to Curry. “As the dominant power in the free world, [the U.S.] must lead the charge in bringing more relief and aid to those suffering,” he said. Of the top 10 countries on the list, nine are of a Muslim majority, but topping the list is the totalitarian regime of North Korea. Under the family dynasty now ruled by Kim Jong Un, Christianity is seen as a Western-based mass delusion. Out of the country’s estimated 300,000 Christians, nearly 70,000 are imprisoned in the Hermit Kingdom’s notoriously brutal labor camps. Those Christians that are not imprisoned are forced to hide their faith, even from members of their extended families. Driven by ISIS’ violent reign in the north and west, Iraq was the second most dangerous place for Christians last year. The terrorist organization, which has a large presence in Iraq, Syria and Libya, has made beheading of Christians its bloody hallmark, even as it cleanses large swaths of the Middle East of all religious minorities. The number of Bible followers there has fallen to an estimated 275,000, from 1.5 million in 2003. Some experts in the international community believe that the Middle Eastern country could see its Christian population completely gone within five years. The dwindling numbers are due to genocide, flight and forced conversions at the hands of ISIS jihadists. The country’s second-largest city, Mosul, was once home to a thriving Christian community as old as the religion itself, but was overrun by ISIS and purged of its Christian residents. Third on the list is the African nation of Eritrea, where Christians are systematically imprisoned for their faith by an authoritarian regime. Also in the top 10 were Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran and Libya. Sekulow says that more needs to be done in Washington to combat the seemingly global issue. “We continue to urge the full Congress and the Obama administration to act,” he said. “We’ve heard from nearly 215,000 Americans who understand what’s at stake: Christians are being murdered daily because of their faith.”

It’s far worse than that..  Genocide is being committed against Christians in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere.  And yet, Obama refuses to use that word; “genocide.”  His arrogance and stubbornness in refusing to simply use that word is breathtaking.  Doing so would allow, and encourage, international organizations to use their resources to help address the problem….and it wouldn’t cost American tax payers one cent.  But, for him to break down and actually use that word would mean him admitting what he did in Iraq and Libya, which contributed to this problem, has been a complete failure.  And, because of that, he has so far refused to use that word.  Tool…

Cowherd: Tebow’s ‘Faith-Based, Crazy Fans’ Hurting His Career

On the Monday broadcast of “The Herd” on Fox Sports 1, host Colin Cowherd blamed former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow’s “faith-based, crazy fans” for Tebow being out of a job at this point in his career. According to Cowherd, Tebow can still play in the NFL due to his athleticism, but “his fans ended up hurting him.” “I think with Tebow, his fans ended up hurting him,” he said. “I think Tebow’s fans hurt Tebow more than Tebow. Nobody wants Tebow because his faith-based, crazy fans that take over the stadium. That’s why Denver had to go out and get Peyton Manning, because Tebowmania took over Denver. Tim’s a good enough athlete to be on every roster in this league, absolutely.”

Wow..  Consider the implications of what this idiot, Colin Cowherd, is suggesting; that the NFL is THAT anti-Christian bigoted, that they have agreed to blackball Tebow based on his faith, and the faith of his “crazy” fans?  Really?  Wow..  THIS is why I refuse to watch SportsCenter and other similar sports-geek shows.  They’re full of bigots like Colin, and push all sorts of political correctness and bs like this.

Christ Hidden in Our Schools, While Muhammad Roams the Halls Freely

Jesus Christ has had to go into hiding in our schools today, while Prophet Muhammad roams the halls freely. In the U.S., the media mocks those who make their Christian practices public—such as praying for victims of terrorism or young people committing to abstain from sexual relations until married. Yet that same media attacks those voicing concerns about terrorism’s link to Islamic beliefs as being Islamophobic. In America, we see a nation so intimidated by political correctness that people in positions of responsibility make illogical decisions concerning the observation of a Christian holiday. Recently, Eujin Jaela Kim, a new principal at Public School (PS) 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York, decided to prohibit the use of the word “Christmas” or displays of anything related to it including Santa, angels, gift-giving, a star, etc. Not only was Christmas taboo, Kim also mandated the Pledge of Allegiance be eliminated along with references to Thanksgiving Day. Fortunately, when this story broke last week, Kim’s boss, School Superintendent Anita Skop, took immediate action. While the Pledge had not been heard since the beginning of the school year at PS 169, it was recited loud and clear a few days after the story was published over the school’s public address system by two fifth graders. The Christmas and Thanksgiving bans were also lifted. Kim is not the only person in the school system trying to drum Jesus Christ out of it by eliminating any celebration of His birth. After the ACLU took legal action, Concord Community schools in Indiana were prohibited by court order from including any historical account of Christ’s birth during its annual Christmas program. A preliminary injunction was issued, justified on the basis the program “conveys a message of endorsement of religion, or that a particular religious belief is favored or preferred.” Meanwhile, Blaine, Minnesota school officials instruct students to sing a song in their Christmas program saluting the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The words “Allahu Akbar” are included in the song—words attesting to the greatness of Allah. Ramadan is a Muslim holiday occurring many months earlier with no connection in timing to Christmas. Clearly, school administrators—who defended their actions on the basis of voluntary participation—lacked knowledge about Islam but nonetheless felt political correctness compelled them to recognize a Muslim celebration of some sort. School officials at Riverbeds High School in Virginia instructed students, as part of an assignment on learning calligraphy, to write the “shahada”—Islam’s statement of faith. One of Islam’s five pillars, the shahada declares, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” While a teacher justified this assignment as an opportunity to learn calligraphy, it did not explain why female students were also invited to wear the “hijab” or headscarf. In Massachusetts, schools have been guilty of undertaking field trips to mega-mosques where students are subjected to Islamic propaganda. This included the false assertion Muslim women were given the right to vote before women in the West were (Muslim women today either have no such right or very limited rights as recently demonstrated in Saudi Arabia). Male students visiting the mosques had to prostrate themselves before Allah alongside Muslim male worshippers. In a Chicago, Illinois high school, an event dubbed “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab Day” was held ostensibly to give non-Muslim girls a “better understanding of the Muslim faith.” This event was sponsored by the Muslim Student Association (MSA)—which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a group banned in several Muslim countries as a terrorist organization. Additionally, MSA has also been declared by the U.S. justice system as “an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing trial ever held on U.S. soil.” A former Muslim in Iran and now a Christian pastor, Shahram Hadian, asks the obvious about this group, “…how is MSA now getting access to our high schools? And…how is that not the state promoting a religion?” Another question arising is where is the ACLU? Daniel Akbari, also a former Iranian Muslim, is an expert in sharia. He says the hijab is a clear symbol of Islamic law and in no way does wearing it promote humanity. What it does represent, he says, is “support for a hard-line ideology that leads to sharia, honor violence and honor killings.” Outside U.S. borders, Christ is on the run as well. In Iraq—a country that has hosted a Christian population for two thousands years—the religion is doomed. Meanwhile, Christians living in other Muslim countries run risks attempting to celebrate Christmas. In oil-rich Brunei, by virtue of implementing sharia last year, the Sultan—for Christians—has become the Grinch who stole Christmas. One who celebrates Christmas “excessively and openly” today could well end up serving a five-year jail sentence. Somalia recently imposed a similar ban. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has long had such a prohibition in place—not even allowing churches. What is it that Muslim governments fear about public celebrations of Christmas or Christians openly practicing their religion. They fear exposure to other religions might motivate Muslims to leave the nation’s official religion of Islam. (Any Muslim leaving Islam would then be subject to death under sharia.) Under Islam’s doctrine of supremacy, it is the dominant religion. Others may only be practiced if non-Muslims pay a special tax known as “jizya” to do so. The ban in Brunei against Christmas symbols sounds eerily similar to that initially imposed at PS 169 in New York. Fortunately, Principal Kim did not threaten children violating her mandate with jail time. Many other Muslim countries outlaw Christmas celebrations as well. The heavily Muslim, former-Soviet republic of Tajikistan, bans Christmas trees and gift-giving in its schools. Situated northeast of Afghanistan, Tajikistan does not even tolerate one festively dressing up as Santa Claus. After a Muslim cleric discouraged his flock to participate in the Christian celebration of the new year, a celebrant who had donned the costume of a Russian Santa was stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve in 2011. Interestingly, while the birthdate of Prophet Muhammad is celebrated on December 12 and 17 by Sunnis and Shiites respectively, in an effort to undermine Christian’s celebration of Christ’s birth, the UAE has now officially declared December 24 as the day to celebrate Muhammad’s birth. While it is sad enough to see Christian practices outlawed or forced underground in Muslim countries, it is a travesty to see American schools voluntarily doing it. But most disturbing is that educators and political correctness advocates fail to grasp the hypocrisy of eradicating Christian values in our schools while promoting those of Islam.

Exactly!!   Well said, James.  James Zumwalt was the author of that outstanding, and timely, op/ed.

Naughty list: University says Nativity scenes, mistletoe not inclusive

The folks over at Cornell University are worried about “inclusive seasonal displays.” That’s academic code for Christmas decorations. Cornell warned students that some “winter holiday displays” are not consistent with the university’s “commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.” Among the items on their naughty list are Nativity scenes, angels, crosses and mistletoe. I’m not quite sure why they frown upon the mistletoe – unless they want to discourage young fraternity men from spreading Christmas cheer among the Sorority girls. So for the sake of inclusion Cornell University recommends ditching the Baby Jesus and hemiparasitic plants. As we all know – a university cannot achieve complete inclusiveness until they’ve excluded cultures or traditions they find objectionable. “University members are reminded to be respectful of the religious diversity of our students and colleagues and are encouraged to use an inclusive approach in celebrating the holiday season,” read a statement on the university’s website. They suggested “focusing on the winter season rather than a particular holiday.” Specifically, they recommended decorating with snowflakes and “trees decorated with snowflakes and other non-religious symbols.” I reached out to the university for further explanation. They tell me the policies have been in place for quite some time. However, their guidelines pertaining to religious symbols and holiday inclusivity are currently under review and will be updated next year. I wonder if they plan on serving up pulled pork during Ramadan – for the sake of inclusivity, of course. Meanwhile, MRC-TV’s Ashley Rae Goldenberg reports that the student health center at the University of Missouri has banned all holiday decorations. “I’ve decided that holiday decorations will not be displayed this year,” Susan Even, the center’s executive director, wrote in an email to staff. “Our mission is to provide a safe, comfortable place for all students to receive their health care,” she continued. “Without meaning to, some of the holiday symbols that we may display could contradict that mission.” Jeezaloo, Mizzou, who knew that festive Christmas garland could cause you to break out in hives. “I know this decision will be disappointing to some of you, but I can assure you that the kindness, warmth and compassion that you show all students is as important now as any time of the year,” Even wrote. That means no twinkling lights or sugar plum fairies in your safe spaces, kids. There you have it, folks. For the sake of diversity and inclusion, American universities are taking the jolly out of our holly. Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

Todd is, as usual, right on the money here.  I’m just curious what the percentage is of the 20,000 or so students at Cornell who celebrate Christmas..and who probably feel EXcluded by this fascist school policy, ostensibly, meant to be INclusive.  As an aside..  Todd is hosting a very politically INcorrect Christmas special this evening on FoxNews channel.  Merry Christmas!    🙂

Opinion: The Left’s Assault on ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Revealed Its Anti-Christian Bigotry and Rank Political Posturing

A strange thing happened yesterday on social media. Prayer became a microaggression. As the San Bernardino, Calif., attack unfolded in real time, most Americans knew that dozens of their fellow citizens were suffering, with hundreds more terrified. They knew police were tracking down at least two depraved killers who were armed and dangerous. They also knew there was absolutely nothing they could physically do to stop the killers or heal the victims, so they did what people of faith have been doing since the dawn of human awareness — they prayed. They prayed for protection and courage for the police, for healing and comfort for victims, and for the stamina and precision of the surgeons. They prayed because they know God is sovereign and because that was the single most effective thing they could do — in that moment — for their fellow Americans in grave need. Suddenly, however, a cascade of leftist politicians and elite journalists pounced. Shut up about “thoughts and prayers,” they said, and “slink away.” The Nation’s George Zornick contrasted Republican “thoughts and prayers” with Democrat policy posturing. Connecticut Democratic senator Chris Murphy tried to tell Americans what to think and how to pray. The Huffington Post was of course all over the anti-prayer trend, with Sam Stein and Arthur Delaney writing a piece that began: “Public officials are the people society trusts to solve society’s ills. Like, say, gun violence. But every time multiple people have been gunned down in a mass shooting, all these officials can seemingly do is rush to offer their useless thoughts and prayers.” Not to be outdone, Kim Bellware tried to claim that conservative politicians’ prayers were all about the money, painstakingly documenting how various GOP leaders who tweeted their “thoughts and prayers” had received donations from the NRA, purportedly exposing — what? — a “pay to pray” scandal? But then the New York Daily News topped them all: “God Isn’t Fixing This” The attack on “thoughts and prayers” represents a convergence of two of the Left’s nastiest traits — its hysterical anti-Christian bigotry and its impulse to shame and silence its ideological opponents. There is no American demographic the Left despises more than Christian conservatives. Even as it cherishes Muslim religious liberty and rails against “Islamophobia,” it systematically mocks Christians and attacks Christian religious expression. “Clock Boy” gets White House invites while the owners of Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A are threats to the Republic. Muslim college students deserve a “safe space,” while Christian student groups are systematically marginalized and often kicked off campus. Combine this bigotry with the Left’s increasing insistence that dissenting speech isn’t just wrong but dangerous and violent, and we have a very real problem. Earlier this week, pro-life Americans were treated to an avalanche of vitriol, with claims that even the most conventional pro-life arguments were inherently provocative and “irresponsible.” As the San Bernardino shooting unfolded, the Left went even further, mocking and attempting to shame any speech that wasn’t in line with their preferred posturing. You’re either part of their “solution” or you should just shut up. Over at The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway wrote an interesting piece arguing that the Left is offering its own prayers — to the god of government. I don’t think this is quite right. They’re praying to a god, all right, but it’s the god of self — to their own infinite wisdom and virtue. For now, government is the instrument of their divine will, but put Ted Cruz in the White House and watch how quickly dissent once again is the highest form of patriotism. Lost in all the Left’s online condescension and scorn is any sense of reality. Last night — even as the gun battle raged — they postured over and over about gun control, without offering a single proposal that would have stopped yesterday’s shootings. And even if someone did tweet a bold and original idea, would that tweet accomplish anything? It was all an exercise in virtue-signaling, nothing more. But the virtue-signaling is backfiring. Offering thoughts and prayers — especially when the facts are confused, people are in pain, and victims themselves are praying and begging for prayers — is an act of compassion. Political posturing is an act of arrogance. Most Americans are wise enough to discern the difference.

Agreed..  David French, the author of that outstanding op/ed is an attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major) who was awarded the Bronze Star in Iraq..    Excellent!!     🙂