My son came home from the war in Afghanistan almost 2 years ago. There was a point during which I wondered if I would ever really have him back, because he is not the same young man who left home. Then today, someone pointed out to me that he is here–just buried inside somewhere. I think she is right. Over the past couple of years, he has composed and played music again. He can sing also. That is one thing that this war cannot take from him–his passion for music.
He also has a love for animals–which is one thing this war could not change. Here is a link to an interview he did with GQ while he was in Afghanistan. I was upset when I read it, not because of the war itself, but it was because I could see in his own words what the war was doing to him.
It may have been my intuition but there were times I couldn’t sleep at night wondering if my boy was safe. When he came home, I realized that he had been discharged a bit early–not by much. I found out why a month later. He was hurt when an IED exploded–killing others, but he survived. He didn’t let the hospital tell us either because he knew he was going to live. He said, “I didn’t want them to worry you, Mom.” Right…He knew I worried anyway, but he knew I would have told my employer to take a hike if I had to and I would have been on the next military hop to Germany.
Now that he is back, he has been diagnosed with PTSD and depression, along with some physical issues from the blast. He can play piano as beautifully as he did before he left and he can still compose and sing. These are the only two things that really give him a sense of purpose at the moment. I intend to get him the program he wants to laying out his music on his computer as soon as I can get it. I do not voice my opinions or show a lot of what I feel around him, but there is not much I won’t do for that young man who could have lost his life doing his duty.
Then there are those detractors who will go and protest a dead soldier’s funeral, but they don’t have the guts to show up to protest at a VFW fundraiser. Why? They have no cojones. I am referring to those cult followers of the Westboro Baptist Church–and I shouldn’t call them a church because they are a political organization. I feel that they should be audited and their tax exempt status revoked. If they are receiving donated funds that are supposed to be used for charitable purposes, they should have to prove what they are using it for. I also think that they are a modern-day cult at its worst.
Political rallies (which is what these protests are) are not EDUCATIONAL either if that is what they want to try to claim. There is a huge difference between education and indoctrination. Their own words condemn them as much as their actions. They are a political organization spreading hate speech about military service members (many of whom die daily to protect their rights to act like fools), Jews and homosexuals–among other things.
While Wikipedia is a good place to start, I am going to put images here that should seal the deal for revoking their status. If any other preacher that is actually with the Baptist Convention (which none of the denominations claim this bunch) were to do this, the Federal Government would have taken swift action, so why has this so-called church NOT been audited? They call Barack Obama the anti-christ and say all kinds of stuff that put them in the same league as Jeremiah Wright. Too many of these nuts and fanatics, which is what they are, are crossing lines that people would face jail time over under Bill Clinton–that is for sure! A charge called “sedition” would cover it if treason wouldn’t. First, here is my favorite message to that group the WBC:
Appropriate for this bunch of fanatics...
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this does not sound Christian to me…Just listen to it. Then get back to me. Click play at the top left of the page. It’s nothing but hate speech and crap from that WBC group–and for this “parody” (If you can call it that) I am quite surprised that Lady Gaga has not sued yet. As I stated, to me it is hate speech…I am no fan of hers, and I often criticize some of her antics but this is so depraved that I would not blame her if she did sue.
And then the WBC will put children into the mix. Can they be charged for this type of crap?
I think it is a travesty that my son and others who survived, as well as the many sons and daughters who did not, have either been wounded or killed defending the rights of those who constantly spread hate speech about them. Groups like this are a shame to this country and should be scrutinized if they are tax exempt. I deal daily with watching my son’s struggle. I promise you not ONE of these detractors will ever do this to a live soldier or show up to protest a VA function either. They only protest the dead because they can’t defend themselves. That makes these fanatics nothing more than cowards.
In the meantime, I am thankful every day for my son’s presence. I still hug him even though he doesn’t like that as much as he did before he left. He knows that it is a “mom thing”. I have lunch or dinner with my boys when I can. I will say this, they are grown men, but I would lay down my life for them in a heartbeat. They know it too. I just wish they didn’t have to deal with today’s crap. I don’t think any parent wants their kid to deal with what is going on in today’s world. We never would have thought this possible even 10 years ago.
I do have some bad news for the Westboro Baptist Church, though. It does say in every bible I have read that “…Judgment begins with the house of God…” That tells me that groups like this will get theirs long before anyone they condemn will if that is the case.