Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


March 15, 2012

In the House of Wood


Knoxville —  

There have been many stories out there this week, regarding a US soldier who killed approximately one dozen Afghan civilians, including women and children. 

One of the many, many things that disappoint me about my journalistic brethren is that they are more than willing to tell, over and over again, the story of this one soldier who snapped, but they are rarely willing to share the story of individual soldiers who don’t commit atrocities. 

What’s wrong with occasionally throwing in a story, highlighting a man or woman who is there, serving his country, who has his/her unit’s back and does so without creating a controversy? 

I realize there have been stories about local soldiers coming home, with the video of hugs between spouses and parents and children. Those are all great. I’d love to see more of that. 

What I don’t like is when national media seems to try to make all of our soldiers look like bad guys. Look at the coverage they gave the accidental Koran burning recently. How many times did they even mention “accidental” or provide focus on the trauma befalling our soliders as a result? Most of what I saw seemed to be sympathetic with the Afghans who were rioting, harming and killing our soldiers. 

All the while, anytime someone back home even so much as mentions God or morals in a school, he or she becomes a pariah. I guess I forgot. Christians are oppressors, not those Muslims who mistreat women and kill soldiers who mistakenly burn books. 

I don’t encourage any kind of book burning nor do I believe all Muslims are radical, women-hating killers. Only a fool would believe all Christians embody the spirit of Jesus Christ. I am not a fool.

But, when was the last time a group of Christians, anywhere in the world, rampaged against someone for burning Bibles? When was the last time anyone reported outrage over any kind of disrespect shown toward Christians or Christianity?  

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