Patriotism Stifled, But Not For Long

One of the largest university’s, here in Michigan, recently decided to cancel a showing of the movie American Sniper. I just read an article, posted in the Detroit News, about this event. I have not seen the movie, but have received many mixed reviews from those who have. However, I have seen Chris Kyle interviewed in a documentary of his life. As reported by the News, the university eventually decided to show the movie after all. What pissed me off the most was a statement contained in the original petition opposing the showing of this film. This statement was

The movie ‘American Sniper’ not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim…
rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass murderer.

I was not appalled but also angry after reading this. REALLY!?!?!?! Seems to me who ever wrote this needs to remember the events of 911, when Osama Bin Laden, a Muslim terrorist and leader of al-Quada, the group responsible for the attacks, killed 2,996 people. And, this is not counting those who have died since due to the health issues incurred from the cleanup. Not with a gun but with three AIRPLANES!!!!

On the other hand, Chris Kyle killed 160 people to save men and women from all areas of the military. Yes, he had no regrets about those he took down. His biggest regret was not being over in Iraq, with his fellow comrades, saving more of their lives. I don’t believe Osama had regrets either. Matter of fact, he is quoted as saying, “We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the difference between us two.’ And Chris Kyle is labeled a mass murderer?!?!?!?!

I ask the person who made this ridiculous statement on the petition, what the f*** is wrong with you? You are living in America. In this country, patriotism includes supporting the troops because of their sacrifices, their commitments and their deaths.

Chris Kyle is a hero. Osama Bin Laden was a coward. And of the two, I consider Osama to be the mass murderer. I don’t doubt our country will see another attack. But I also don’t doubt those who choose the military way of life are doing it to make sure all citizens, whether legal or not, have freedom of speech, have freedom of religious beliefs, and have freedom from fear.

I am glad this university has chosen to show American Sniper and is doing so in a forum to promote dialogue and reflection. As for those who don’t like it, I firmly agree with head football Coach Harbaugh’s statement: ‘Proud of Chris Kyle and Proud to be an American. If that offends anybody, then so be it!’

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