Video: Egypt braces for “day of rage”

posted at 8:41 am on August 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Cairo has battened itself down in anticipation of a massive backlash after this week’s massacre, one that produced a death toll that is now over 600 and still counting. The Muslim Brotherhood promises a “day of rage” after Friday prayer, and the military has blocked entry to Tahrir Square and other areas of the city. The Egyptian military has authorized the use of live ammunition against anyone attacking security forces as well, perhaps setting the stage for another massacre:

The government has authorized the use of deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions while the international community has urged both sides to show restraint and end the turmoil engulfing the nation.

Egyptian State TV reported Friday that army troops had been deployed to guard “vital installations” around the country, and CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported that the interim government seemed to be taken the Brotherhood’s threat of a day or rage very seriously.

While Cairo’s central Tahrir Square was deserted — and a heavy police presence was on-hand to try and keep it that way — thousands of Egyptians were expected to take to the streets after Friday prayers and vent their anger over the heavy-handed tactics used to quash the protests earlier this week. …

As turmoil spread, the Interior Ministry authorized the use of deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions. Egypt’s military-backed government also pledged to confront “terrorist actions and sabotage” allegedly carried out by Muslim Brotherhood members.

The Brotherhood, trying to regroup after the assault on its encampments and the arrest of many of its leaders, called for a mass rally Friday in a challenge to the government’s declaration of a month-long state of emergency and a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

Ha’aretz reports that the protesters have already taken to the streets by the thousands:

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have taken to the streets in several Cairo neighborhoods and elsewhere in Egypt in defiance of the military-imposed state of emergency.

The protesters poured out of the mosques after Friday prayers, responding to the group’s call for a “Day of Rage” following the deaths of 638 people Wednesday when riot police backed by armored vehicles, snipers and bulldozers smashed the two sit-ins in Cairo where ousted President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters had been camped out for six weeks to demand his reinstatement.

Bloomberg wonders whether this is Egypt’s Tiananmen Square moment:

That means, in terms of deaths, we are now in the realm of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The government’s official death toll there was 241, although few outside China believe that was accurate. U.S. intelligence at the time put it between 180 and 500; Amnesty International at up to 1,000; and others still higher. The Muslim Brotherhood is now estimating 2,000 died in Cairo. …

Admittedly, the Muslim Brotherhood protests aren’t the same as those by the students in Tiananmen Square. The Chinese protests were largely spontaneous, the protesters didn’t belong to any one organization, and they didn’t represent a (despotic albeit elected) previous government. Nevertheless, at least 700 people have died since the Egypt military assumed power in a coup July 3, most of them unarmed civilians. And it is just mendacious to suggest, as the Egyptian government does, that responsibility for the killing lies with the Brotherhood — no matter what the organization’s faults, and despite its members fighting back.

You have to ask: How would the world be reacting if the victims in Cairo were secularists or anti-communists?

Well, they’re not, and as Bloomberg notes, the indications from the first year of Muslim Brotherhood control wasn’t that the country was headed for a pluralistic, tolerant self-government.  In the wake of the massacre, the Brotherhood and its Islamist allies are torching Christian churches all over Egypt, part of a campaign against the Copts that had been simmering ever since Mohamed Morsi took power.  That doesn’t mean that the Egyptian military should be slaughtering them in the streets, or that they’re much better in practice than Morsi’s coalition was.  The lines are nowhere near as clear as they were in Tiananmen Square.

Of course, we also didn’t fund the Chinese military back in 1989, either.  Like it or not, this week has American fingerprints on it, and even with the murkier battle lines, that’s an embarrassment for the US.


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Only Juan McCain truly knows the good guys from the bad guys…

trs on August 16, 2013 at 8:43 AM

obama’s Egypt braces for “day of rage” …

Pork-Chop on August 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

“Day of Rage”…seems to be a popular day over there.

Panther on August 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Smart power

cmsinaz on August 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Maybe if obozo went over there and apologized the whole world would like us better.

Flange on August 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I think “day of rage” is copyrighted to the “Palestinians”.

mudskipper on August 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The embarrassment for the US is Obambi starting the ball rolling on his first visit there and his support of the MB during this time.

TfromV on August 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Muslim Brotherhood = Tiananmen Square? Come on, man.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Pick a side and hope someone wins, oh wait I forgot President present is on vacation.

rob verdi on August 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

16 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.

6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

7 And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.

12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

—Genesis 16

claudius on August 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Are the Rodeo Clowns there yet?

ToddPA on August 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Still waiting to hear from one ‘William Kristol’.

Oh Bill Kristol … where art thou ?
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If the supporters of “Shariah Law” want to charge into machine guns, I say let’em.

listens2glenn on August 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

um, yo, what day ISN’T a ‘day of rage’ in the Middle East, aka, ‘the world’s gout’ aptly labeled such by Greg Gutfeld ???

JenBee on August 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

With the Religion of Peace™, every day is a “day of rage”.

KS Rex on August 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Every day is a day of rage for Islamists…

Pest on August 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Another episode of unhinged mayhem and slaughter is the legacy of Barky out goofing on vacation.

viking01 on August 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Islamic Rage Boy™ unavailable for comment.

Murphy9 on August 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Any apologies from the press yet for their ‘Arab Spring’ gibberish? (Rhetorical question)

WhatSlushfund on August 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Martha’s Vineyard hardest hit…

Galtian on August 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Fore!!!…

PatriotRider on August 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Really trying hard to give a $hit about this.

BigWyo on August 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

‘Day of Rage’ brought to you by ‘peaceful protestors.’

Resist We Much on August 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

“Hey Moochie, pass me another lobster bib will ya? and did the dog enjoy ‘the flight’ ?”

viking01 on August 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Is it possible that all their heads could explode all at once?

That would be awesome.

Akzed on August 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Grab a surface-to-air missile. Don’t cost nothin’…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf16YtSOaUQ

Fallon on August 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Those weren’t sit-ins. They were like OWS times 100. Did you see the bulldozers clearing all the crap away?

Blake on August 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

The Moslem Brotherhood declared war on Egypt long before they murdered Anwar Sadat in 1981…long before.

This trying to make the Egyptian government and military look liked that bad guys has got to stop.

No, they are not perfect, but…

Look at it this way…for example, the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor…and then we tell the Japanese we understand their angst, their indignation, their frustrations…and then give them Hawaii, and California…and Oregon…might as well give them Washington, too…that’ll placate them.

So, why didn’t Franklin Roosevelt do that…help the Japanese realize their goals? Assuage their angst?

Back in 1928 when Hassan al-Banna founded the Moslem Brotherhood, it had one goal…a pan-Moslem state…no more Egypt…just one amorphous “state” of “good” Moslems only…no apostates, no Christians, no foreigners…no government…

Every time we voice faux outrage that the ones who started this current mess are the good guys and are being “slaughtered” by the Egyptian military, we only make it easier for the MB to win…

The MB can end this today…but their “leaders” and the imams will not let them…insisting instead that thousands and thousands of MB members and their families “sacrifice” themselves for the cause of Hassan al-Banna…and along the way try and make every Egyptian military officer just another dead Sadat.

And the MB are the good guys?

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Crickets from the whpc ….they rather find out what flavor ice cream he got

cmsinaz on August 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

/popcorn. Over/under on pyramid destruction?

nobar on August 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Don’t worry John Lurch Kerry is working fast on the case sleeping on his yacht. With Obama of course golfing.

gsherin on August 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Nothin’ makes ‘em angrier than a day without rage.

viking01 on August 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

An essay worth considering.

Few outside Egypt understand what is truly at stake… now is the time to note who is siding with the MB.

And vote accordingly in 2014.

CPT. Charles on August 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Our tax dollars at work….thanks to our dhimmi President.

kingsjester on August 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

CPT. Charles on August 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

The Egyptian military did what it had to do. They told the Brotherhood to remove their camps from the middle of Cairo, or have them removed. The regime acted exactly as it threatened to act, when the Brotherhood did not move. It should continue to act, with resolution. There is no mealymouthed advice the world can give, to which the officers should listen; none to which the Israelis should listen. They, not we, take the consequences of irresolution.

In Egypt, we should note that the fate of ten million Christians is on the line. Either the Muslim Brotherhood will be uprooted, or the Christians will be uprooted. There is no “third way,” & those who speak & act as if there were have effectively taken sides, with evil.

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The Egyptians think the US wants to create a Syrian like civil war in Egypt. They hate the diplomats we send there. And these are the more rational secularists.

Blake on August 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The Big Pharaoh @ TheBigPharaoh 4s

Pro-Morsi are surrounding Azbakiyah police st .. Police firing in the air. Any single bullet fired by pro-Morsi will create another massacre

Blake on August 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

السيد مانكي
‏@Sandmonkey

MB peacefull protests include armed gunmen with full approval of the peaceful protesters. R u getting the picture?

Blake on August 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

CPT. Charles on August 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

From your link:

Elsewhere in the country, there is more violence, that is not being shown. The Muslim Brotherhood, presented as victims of brutality in the vicinity of the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, & Nahda Square, have been attacking undefended government buildings, Christian churches, Christian schools, Christian monasteries, & Christian homes. Through such Internet sources as MidEast Christian News, I have seen multiple accounts from Alexandria, Assiut, & at least seven other governates, in each of which Islamist devils have responded to viciously demented propaganda blaming Egypt’s defenceless Copts for the Muslim Brotherhood’s loss of power.

Easy to be flippant (my apologies). There is real atrocities going on and it isn’t just muslim on muslim (no, I won’t capitalize that political ideology, spellcheck).

Fallon on August 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

CPT. Charles on August 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Yeah. The US is a great facilitator of evil these days, both at home and abroad. Such governments tend not to last long, and it’s never pretty afterwards.

Akzed on August 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Remember, Christians and women who refused to wear the jibjab were prevented from voting. So much for democracy Morsi style!

Blake on August 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Really trying hard to give a $hit about this.

BigWyo on August 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Yep.

BallisticBob on August 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

My heart goes out to the Egyptians on both sides.

Imagine if we in the US elected a candidate with obvious leanings to Islam in an election where many did not cast votes, and the leader then showed a subsurface hostility to Christianity, who mismanaged the economy (which was already a mess), put thugs in positions of power, and most importantly showed an inability to work with the opposition but instead relied on increasing corrupt and forceful political methods to move the nation forward…

Wait…

IlikedAUH2O on August 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

IlikedAUH2O on August 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

And I would pray daily that our military was more than willing to protect and defend the Constitution.

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

From Armin’s point of view, it’s all good because there are fewer Christians and their churches, schools, monasteries, and cloisters in the world today.

Resist We Much on August 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

There are real atrocities going on and it isn’t just muslim on muslim (no, I won’t capitalize that political ideology, spellcheck).

Fallon on August 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Yeesh. Definitely feeling awkward this morning.

Fallon on August 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

0bambi seems to be expert at fanning the flames of civil unrest. The uniter still has the reverse Midas touch. I hope this doesn’t happen in the West.

freedomfirst on August 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi supporters

People throwing themselves from bridge near Cairo’s Ramses police station to reach street level – @CFKlebergTT

32 mins ago from pic.twitter.com by editor
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https://twitter.com/CFKlebergTT/status/368359189812219904/photo/1

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi supporters

Video: Military helicopter tracks pro-Morsi march across May 15 bridge heading to Ramses Square in Cairo – via @AymanM

1 hour ago from instagram.com by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGIyexxMM/2013/08/16/video-military-helicopter-tracks-pro-morsi-march

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

More than 8 dead bodies seen at a mosque in Cairo as protesters demonstrate – @BBCNews

28 mins ago by editor
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Update: Clashes across Egypt kill at least 17 as supporters of ousted president Morsi protest, officials say – @AP

30 mins ago by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypts-president-morsi-removed-from-power

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Two Live Streams:

Reuters Live Stream
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http://live.reuters.com/event/egypt_unrest_3

http://www.livestation.com/reuters?source=redirect

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Finally, a country fights back against the ravages of Islamic Fundamentalism and the extremist who have destroyed societies across the Middle East and we get hand-wringing and recriminations from the press?

Morsi and his henchmen in the Muslim Brotherhood created the greatest threat to Middle East stability, the rule of law and a stable, free society by institutionalizing the essence of Islamist extremism. They were using the auspices of Egypt’s government in a diabolical way to fundamentally transform one of the regions most stable governments and use it for nefarious means. They were oppressing, and in some cases giving their blessing via inaction to violence against minority populations in Egypt. They were corrupting democratic process and creating an imperialistic, anti-democratic theocracy.

Barely a month ago, there was cheering for the protesters who dared to peacefully take back their democratic government from these thugs. Then when it came time for action, which Egypt’s military rightfully pursued, immediately followed by a civilian change in government, the rending of garments commenced. Why? Is it the uncomfortable nature of watching the people take back their government or is it someone’s uncomfortable political associations or perhaps musings which now appear foolish, wrong and ill conceived?

These transitions are never easy and always messy. That is the nature of democracy, which is not simply some obscure concept in a history book whose machinations have ceased to cycle.

So if you don’t have the stomach to watch people who support the worst terrorist groups on our planet whose supporters cheered during the WTC attacks, I have a suggestion. Don’t watch and stop writing. Because this one is going to end very badly for them…and it’s about time.

Marcus Traianus on August 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Time for another speech. Have the oceans stopped rising yet?

cep on August 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Pick a side and hope someone wins, oh wait I forgot President present is on vacation.

rob verdi on August 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

In the words of our former great foreign policy chief “What difference does it make?” Hasn’t everything this POS wannabe president gotten involved with absolutely turned to sh1t? Foreign and domestic? I want the putz to stay on vacation this time. After all the only thing he is phukking up is the economy on Martha’s Vineyard. I am so disgusted with this a$$clown that I can’t keep from swearing.

NOMOBO on August 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Marcus Traianus on August 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Well said.

May I add, perhaps when it comes to the MB, and Hamas, and Hezzbollah and al-Qaeda and their supporters, a paraphrase of Phillip Sheridan’s famous remark would be very much in order.

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

More than 8 dead bodies seen at a mosque in Cairo as protesters demonstrate – @BBCNews

28 mins ago by editor
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Update: Clashes across Egypt kill at least 17 as supporters of ousted president Morsi protest, officials say – @AP

30 mins ago by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypts-president-morsi-removed-from-power

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

To use the punchline that I’ve heard forevah in regard to members of my profession, ‘It’s a start!’

Resist We Much on August 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Resist We Much on August 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

It is what they do.

And not just in Egypt…in Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia…you know, the nice non-Arab Islamic places, they’re just spreading around all the Mohammedan peace and love. But you won’t read about it in the American MSM.

Might offend “somebody.”

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

These Days of Rage always seem to fall on a Friday. I can’t figure out why. It’s such an odd coincidence, isn’t it?

vityas on August 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Egypt braces for “day of rage”

Let me guess: today is Friday, isn’t it?

It’s just the strangest thing how the adherents of the Religion of Peace come out of their mosques on Fridays and start burning/shooting/bombing/killing. And it happens in so many doggone different countries, in so many different cultures. It’s almost like millions of them misunderstand the peaceful, tolerant, loving nature of their religion in exactly the same way.

CJ on August 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

vityas on August 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Picked up on that, did ya?

When I was young, after our religious observance, we normally went out to some country inn for a nice chicken dinner and then went and visited relatives; wouldn’t have thought about heading out right after church and burning down a mosque or murdering Akhmed the guy who ran the 7-11 and his family.

Must be giving some godawfulwonderfullyterrifying sermons at them mosques…maybe if they organized a proper choir, made a joyful noise unto the Lord or something…wouldn’t be so dang pissed off all the time.

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Nice to see that at least one institution in Egypt recognizes the Islamist bastards for what they are. Get the Muslim Brotherhood supporters to gather in small places throughout the country and then kill em all.

RobertE on August 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

These Days of Rage always seem to fall on a Friday. I can’t figure out why. It’s such an odd coincidence, isn’t it?

vityas on August 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I’m pretty sure facing another weekend with no beer and every woman covered from head to toe with an uncle escorting her has to make for a pretty frustrated population.

Flange on August 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi supporters

Photo: Ongoing confrontation outside Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo; protesters being prevented from reaching Ramses Square – @MishalHusainBBC

21 secs ago from t.co by editor

https://twitter.com/MishalHusainBBC/status/368390028725993472/photo/1
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi supporters

Video: Clashes near Cairo’s Ramses Square – @sharifkouddous

13 mins ago from http://www.youtube.com by editor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NldKCb7N_1g
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypts-president-morsi-removed-from-power

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypts-president-morsi-removed-from-power

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

To use the punchline that I’ve heard forevah in regard to members of my profession, ‘It’s a start!’

Resist We Much on August 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Resist We Much:Lol,yup,

Goons Kill’n JihadyGoons!:)

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

The Hill ‏@thehill 2m

Obama and family go bike riding after Egypt briefing http://j.mp/1451Xyw by @JTSTheHill
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http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/317391-obama-and-family-go-bike-riding-after-egypt-briefing#ixzz2c95CZuJM

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

canopfor on August 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Anytime I hear of Obama bike riding, I think of a line from the 1963 classic movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” wherein Jonathan Winters says, dejectedly, “But, it’s a girls bike, a little girl’s bike.” Only I see Obama saying, happily, “Oh goodie, it’s a girl’s bike, a little girl’s bike.”

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I think “day of rage” is copyrighted to the “Palestinians”.

mudskipper on August 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Or possibly little Bammie’s autobiographer?

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

mudskipper on August 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) called for four “Days of Rage” in Chicago in October 1969.

Now, a Day of Rage? Hmmm….some progressive think tank probably polled a number of mosques, came up with a catchy slogan…had tempo to it, and simpilcity…where was Bill Ayers?

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

And I would pray daily that our military was more than willing to protect and defend the Constitution.

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

My dad and I have discussed this. He feels that the recent crackdown on Christianity in the U.S. armed forces is a way to remove basic morality out of the picture. That way, it’s easier to turn on your own people.

I pray he’s wrong but can’t say I disagree.

CommonSensical on August 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM