Thursday, November 03, 2005

What's Wrong With This Picture?

A few days ago, my mother sent me a forward.

Under normal circumstances, it wouldn't have warranted my attention, as she sends along the usual innocuous prayers to St. Theresa, "You go, girl!"-type lists, and myriad jokes. But THIS forward-this was different.

What initially caught my attention was the fact that my mom hadn't forwarded the message correctly and the image that was the subject of the email was conspiculously absent. This led me to read on out of sheer curiosity (I have included the missing photo for your viewing satisfaction):

What's wrong with this picture?

If you look closely at the picture above, you will note that all theMarines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying.

This incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms. "These are federal employees," says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, "on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately."

When asked about the ACLU's charges, Colonel Jack Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said (cleaned up a bit), "Screw the ACLU." GOD Bless Our Warriors, Send the ACLU to France!

Please send this to people you know so everyone will know how stupid the ACLU is Getting in trying to remove GOD from everything and every place inAmerica. May God Bless America, One Nation Under GOD!

What's wrong with the picture? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

"Send the ACLU to France!"

Is this a totally ridiculous statement, or what???

I'll gladly join the ACLU if the bozo who penned this email is footing the bill to send us all to France. Think about it--is France really so bad that it would be a punishment to send someone there? If France is Jack Fessender's idea of hell, I'd gladly perish. I could definitely see myself spending the rest of eternity munching on chèvre, rillette, and escargots and gulping down plenty of Vouvray. I'd never have to work on a Sunday, I'd get a nice, leisurely lunch every day, and I'd start every job out with six weeks of vacation time. There would never be a shortage of fresh bread chez moi, and every May 1st I would walk the streets breathing in the sweet smell of lily of the valley. Ça, c'est le paradis!

I don't really care about prayer in the military. I can't comment one way or the other on what the freakin' ACLU has to say about it, either--all I know is, once you bring France into the mix, THEN I have something to say.

After this episode, I doubt that my mother will be sending me any more forwards anytime soon.


Rob said...

It's an urban legend.

I so love Google.

Melanie said...

That wasn't the point of the post...aren't pretty much ALL forwards urban legends?

The point is that my mother knows better than to send me anything that is in any way anti-French...she knows she'll get the Jeanne d'Arc smackdown!

Sangroncito said...

I'm a proud, card-carrying member of the dues are paid through the end of the year. Does that qualify me for a free trip to France? I hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SlimAdam said...

just happened upon your blog and thought i'd throw in my two cents. many soldiers find a deeper appreciation of God and religion while serving in the military. whether or not it's genuine or they just need something to believe in that will deliver them safely- praying on federal grounds during federal time is fine with me. maybe when members of the ACLU risk their lives for any cause greater than themselves they can have room to talk. however i do disagree with the france comment...and i'd just like to add i'm anti-war and in no way defend the iraq war.

Anonymous said...

The E-Rumor is fabricated. No such person in the ACLU as Lucius Traveler, nor a Marine named Colonel Jack Fessender. Just sent to get y'all goin' The originator musta bought some bad wine or sumthin' ;)