No Flyover at Christian Festival after 40 years—God and Country No Longer Supported by Your Government
posted at 10:25 am on July 9, 2009 by Rovin
Was Mr. Obama correct when he said “this is no longer a Christian Nation?”
When this Christian organization requested the flyover, they submitted the request for a portion of the festival where they were going to honor the military for protecting America and its constitution. Apparently, our armed services, (under the present administration), has chosen not to participate after 40 years. What’s changed? Is this diversity and political correctness run amuck? Further, is “In God We Trust” destined for the shelves of history books or Google archives?
An Idaho community had secured an Air Force flyover for its local festival every year for more than 40 years, organizers say, but this year, the Air Force turned the request down over the festival’s religious focus.
The God and Country Family Festival in Nampa, Idaho, applied to the Pentagon for the flyover but was denied in an e-mail, board member Patti Syme told KTBV. Syme said the e-mail from a defense official informed her the Pentagon prohibited support of special interest groups.
A defense department official told FOX News the Air Force denied the request because it violates a Pentagon policy against supporting any event “that provides a selective benefit to any individual, group, or organization, including any religious or sectarian organization, ideological movement, political campaign or organization, or commercial enterprise, to include a shopping mall or motion picture promotion.” LINK
How long will it be before our government decides to replace every cross in Arlington where our fallen heroes made the ultimate sacrifice for God and Country? Is the Easter celebration, (where Christians recognize and rejoice in the crucifixion of Christ and His ascension into heaven), also destined for the “no longer in the public interest” list, when over 70% of Americans claim to believe in an entity higher than themselves? Have we “evolved” into a total secular nation that no longer respects or recognizes the writings of our founding fathers that felt it was important to allow public (and private) recognition of our religious beliefs without fear of persecution or government bias? Is Obama’s government so afraid or threatened to admit that there may be a power higher than themselves?
While some here, (including our resident atheist), will claim that no particular religion should be supported or recognized by public participation or publically owned property, (in this case, our U.S. Navel Air Force), then why even allow flyovers at our sporting events? How does a secular society, (that condones prohibiting religious events from using our public property for displaying our gratitude for God, Country, and our military), justify allowing a flyover at our baseball and football games or our auto racing events? Don’t even try to attempt to convince me that there aren’t “religiously motivated fanatics” in these events.
If the, (our), government had issued a response that explained under current economic conditions, it was prudent to conserve public expenditures and denied the flyover, this action may have been validated. But, by denying a Christian event to use our public property to recognize and rejoice in an American society founded on the principals of our creator, (and to salute our military for providing and protecting these principals), it is my opinion that our, (your), government has chosen to discriminate against one entity while ignoring or embracing other events. Something’s seriously wrong here. If this government is so “hell bent” on eliminating God from our society, why do so many politicians–including almost every President for over two hundred years–end their speeches with “AND GOD BLESS AMERICA”???