Eisenhower and MacArthur-The Command Team That Never Was

Friday, September 18, AD 2015

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Two of the five men who have held the rank of General of the Army, Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, could be quite acerbic in their assessments of each other.  MacArthur in 1947 referred to Eisenhower as the best clerk he ever had, and Eisenhower was fond of saying that he studied dramatics under MacArthur.  Both assessments had a fair amount of truth.  Eisenhower was the consummate military manager, but he lacked almost all skill as a commander of forces in combat.  His one taste of such command, in North Africa, produced distinctly lackluster results.  As for MacArthur he was overly dramatic, a penchant that played well in the Victorian world in which he was born, but often seemed ludicrous by World War II.

It is intriguing to speculate about what sort of command team they would have made if they had served together in World War II.  As Chief of Staff for MacArthur, Eisenhower would have been indispensable in making the most of the resources that MacArthur got at the tail end of a very long supply chain.  His skill at diplomacy would have smoothed the ruffled feathers of Presidents, as well as the often stormy relations that MacArthur had with the Navy and the Australians.  MacArthur would have contributed the streak of strategic and operational brilliance that Eisenhower sorely lacked.

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  • Smedley [Darlington Butler] always had this thing about “important and pompous officials. Dad and Douglas MacArthur were born within a year of each other,” says Tom Dick Butler. “MacArthur was always strutting around with his swagger stick, which Dad thought was a bit much.” http://www.grunt.com/corps/blog/details/smedley-butler/

  • for the sake of history
    Washington – was general of the army[ies] and Commander in chief- highest rank ever

    MacArthur [ there were 2 attempts to give him a 6th star – studying the man, I think a lot of the criticims of him was jealousy – he was an extremely intelligent warrior who cared mostly about his mens lives
    Bradley
    Arnold
    Marshall
    Eisenhower
    Pershing[ declined to wear the 5th star[ gen’ of the arm[ies]

  • “Eisenhower was the consummate military manager, but he lacked almost all skill as a commander of forces in combat. His one taste of such command, in North Africa, produced distinctly lackluster results.”

    That may go a bit far, but it is also true that Eisenhower was too busy setting up his HQ in Paris to give much notice to the intelligence reports that hinted at the German buildup leading to the Battle of the Bulge.

    Still, Eisenhower made a far better President than MacArthur would have.

June 12, 1945: Guildhall Address By Eisenhower

Friday, June 12, AD 2015

Seventy years ago General Eisenhower was honored at the Guildhall in London by being presented with a ceremonial sword and being made an honorary Londoner.  His speech, that he gave without notes, is quite eloquent and belies his usual reputation of being a poor public speaker.  It deserves to be better known and here is the text of the speech:

 

The high sense of distinction I feel in receiving this great honor from the city of London is inescapably mingled with feelings of profound sadness. All of us must always regret that your country and mine were ever faced with the tragic situation that compelled the appointment of an Allied Commander-in-Chief, the capacity in which I have just been so extravagantly commended.

 

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends. Conceivably a commander may have been professionally superior. He may have given everything of his heart and mind to meet the spiritual and physical needs of his comrades. He may have written a chapter that will glow forever in the pages of military history. Still, even such a man, if he existed, would sadly face the fact that his honors cannot hide in his memories the crosses marking the resting places of the dead. They cannot soothe the anguish of the widow or the orphan whose husband or whose father will not return.

 

The only attitude in which a commander may with satisfaction receive the tributes of his friends is a humble acknowledgement that, no matter how unworthy he may be, his position is a symbol of great human forces that have labored arduously and successfully for a righteous cause. Unless he feels this symbolism and this rightness in what he has tried to do, then he is disregardful of the courage, the fortitude and the devotion of the vast multitudes he has been honored to command. If all the allied men and women that have served with me in this war can only know that it is they this august body is really honoring today, then, indeed, will I be content.

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The Great Crusade

Friday, June 6, AD 2014

Eisenhower, on D-Day morning distributed to the troops a general order, which is like a handbill, and everybody read it.  And he said “we are about to embark upon the great crusade, which we have been preparing for, for many months” etc.

Now at first none of us could believe it was anything like a crusade, because we were playing dice, and we were thinking about girls all the time and getting drunk as possible and so forth.  It wasn’t like a crusade, there was not religious dimension to whatever.  When they finally got across France and into Germany, and saw the German death camps, they realized that they had been in engaged in something like a crusade, although none of them called it that.  And it all began to make a kind of sense to us.

Paul Fussell

 

 

 

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

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Memorial Day Pledge

Monday, May 26, AD 2014

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today

Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima.

 

 

On this Memorial Day I thought that we might want to look at Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Address.  On the 100th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1963, President Kennedy had to beg off appearing due to his trip to Texas, a trip that would end in tragedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas.  Former President Eisenhower, a resident of Gettysburg, agreed to speak in his place.  Eisenhower in his brief address viewed Lincoln’s speech not as of merely historical interest, but rather an ongoing challenge to the nation.  Here is what he said:

 

We mark today the centennial of an immortal address. We stand where Abraham Lincoln stood as, a century ago, he gave to the world words as moving in their solemn cadence as they are timeless in their meaning. Little wonder it is that, as here we sense his deep dedication to freedom, our own dedication takes added strength. 

Lincoln had faith that the ancient drums of Gettysburg, throbbing mutual defiance from the battle lines of the blue and the gray, would one day beat in unison, to summon a people, happily united in peace, to fulfill, generation by generation, a noble destiny. His faith has been justified – but the unfinished work of which he spoke in 1863 is still unfinished; because of human frailty, it always will be. 

Where we see the serenity with which time has invested this hallowed ground, Lincoln saw the scarred earth and felt the press of personal grief. Yet he lifted his eyes to the future, the future that is our present. He foresaw a new birth of freedom, a freedom and equality for all which, under God, would restore the purpose and meaning of America, defining a goal that challenges each of us to attain his full stature of citizenship. 

We read Lincoln’s sentiments, we ponder his words – the beauty of the sentiments he expressed enthralls us; the majesty of his words holds us spellbound – but we have not paid to his message its just tribute until we – ourselves – live it. For well he knew that to live for country is a duty, as demanding as is the readiness to die for it. So long as this truth remains our guiding light, self-government in this nation will never die. 

True to democracy’s basic principle that all are created equal and endowed by the Creator with priceless human rights, the good citizen now, as always before, is called upon to defend the rights of others as he does his own; to subordinate self to the country’s good; to refuse to take the easy way today that may invite national disaster tomorrow; to accept the truth that the work still to be done awaits his doing. 

On this day of commemoration, Lincoln still asks of each of us, as clearly as he did of those who heard his words a century ago, to give that increased devotion to the cause for which soldiers in all our wars have given the last full measure of devotion. Our answer, the only worthy one we can render to the memory of the great emancipator, is ever to defend, protect and pass on unblemished, to coming generations the heritage – the trust – that Abraham Lincoln, and all the ghostly legions of patriots of the past, with unflinching faith in their God, have bequeathed to us – a nation free, with liberty, dignity, and justice for all.

Soon we will remember D-Day on June 6, this year being the 70th anniversary of that longest day.  Here is what Eisenhower wrote to the troops who were embarking on, as he termed it, the Great Crusade:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!


You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Sacrificing for freedom for Eisenhower was not just an empty political phrase.  As he wrote these words he knew that many of the men who read it would be paying the ultimate price so that people long after they were dead, generations unknown to them, would enjoy the freedom they were about to die for.

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  • Those who have given their lives nobly in the defense of freedom often hate war the most, as it cuts short young lives and irretrievably breaks families separating husbands from wives and fathers from their children.
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    As we honor the dead, let us pray that our political leaders will never again sow the seeds of a new war by participating in something akin to the Treaty of Paris. This Treaty which provided the terms to conclude World War I so demoralized a conquered people that it contributed to their acceptance of a tyrannical monster whose false promises of restoring their dignity led to their demise and the needless slaughter of countless innocents.
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    Mercy to the foe; mercy to the vanquished.

  • Apologies, I meant to reference The Treaty of Versailles as concluding WWI, not the Treaty of Paris.

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In God We Trust Adopted as National Motto

Wednesday, April 23, AD 2014

Yesterday we had a post which noted the appearance of In God We Trust on US coinage after the passage of the Coinage Act of 1864.  The phrase became the national motto in 1956 pursuant to a Joint Resolution of Congress which should be celebrated for its brevity as well as for its substance:

 

 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

That the national motto of the United States is hereby declared to be “In God we trust.´´

Approved July 30, 1956.

 

President Eisenhower summed up the sentiments that led to the adoption of “In God we trust” as the national motto in remarks he made on October 24, 1954 in observance of the 75th anniversary of the light bulb:

FAITH, faith and the American individual. Yes, it is on these two pillars that our future rests.

It was Thomas Edison who said: “Be courageous; be as brave as your fathers before you. Have faith. Go forward .”

Seventy-five years ago this very week, Tom Edison–a humble, typical sort of American–put this credo into action and gave a new light to the world.

It is faith that has made our Nation–has made it, and kept it free. Atheism substitutes men for the supreme creator and this leads inevitably to domination and dictatorship. But we believe–and it is because we believe that God intends all men to be free and equal that we demand free government. Our Government is servant, not master, our chosen representatives are our equals, not our czars or commissars.

We must jealously guard our foundation in faith. For on it rests the ability of the American individual to live and thrive in this blessed land-and to be able to help other less fortunate people to achieve freedom and individual opportunity. These we take for granted, but to others they are often only a wistful dream.

“In God we trust.” Often have we heard the words of this wonderful American motto. Let us make sure that familiarity has not made them meaningless for us.

We carry the torch of freedom as a sacred trust for all mankind. We do not believe that God intended the light that He created to be put out by men.

Soon we will be celebrating one of our holidays, one that typifies for me much of what we mean by the American freedom. That will be Halloween. On that evening I would particularly like to be, of course, with my grandchildren, for Halloween is one of those times when we Americans actually encourage the little individuals to be free to do things rather as they please. I hope you and your children have a gay evening and let’s all give a little prayer that their childish pranks will be the only kind of mischief with which we Americans must cope. But it can be a confident kind of a prayer too, for God has made us strong and faith has made and kept us free.

Good night.

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  • God writes straight with crooked lines and He blesses us by straightening out our own crooked trajectories. The devil wants to posit doubt and fear and atheism and agnosticism, BUT GOD continues to get His message across, through even deists and doubters.

  • Edison also lied to and cheated Nikolai Telsa, and the company he founded – General Electric – follows in his footsteps (GE CEO Jeff Immelt, Obama’s former jobs czar, GE which had owned MSNBC, Obama’s cheer leader).

  • Thank you, Paul. I am ashamed of myself but I need to say this too. Thomas Edison promised Nicola Tesla one million dollars if the problem of DC, direct current, be solved. Tesla had already conceived the idea of alternating current to keep the heat and fires abated. Tesla had come to America to work with Edison and brought the concept of A.C. with him. When Tesla brought the idea to Edison, Edison reneged on his promise of one million dollars and laughed Tesla right out of his office. Tesla became so indignant that he went into the trenches and dug ditches for two years. A mind like Tesla’s was disregarded. That was when George Westinghouse employed Tesla to harness the electricity at Niagara (sp)Falls in what was to become General Electric.
    Those who will not believe in Jesus Christ are damned to live what they believe. Thank you, Paul. I am ashamed of myself but I need to say this too. Thomas Edison promised Nicola Tesla one million dollars if the problem of DC, direct current, be solved. Tesla had already conceived the idea of alternating current to keep the heat and fires abated. Tesla had come to America to work with Edison and brought the concept of A.C. with him. When Tesla brought the idea to Edison, Edison reneged on his promise of one million dollars and laughed Tesla right out of his office. Tesla became so indignant that he went into the trenches and dug ditches for two years. A mind like Tesla’s was disregarded. That was when George Westinghouse employed Tesla to harness the electricity at Niagara Falls in what was to become General Electric. I did not know that General Electric had been taken over by Con Edison.
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    Those who will not believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true man, are damned to live what they believe.
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    Our culture is taken over by ignorance. Bullyism is a learned behavior. Our Constitutional posterity are brought into existence by an infinite God and endowed with unalienable rights by an infinite God. Finite rights, rights that the state or government gives are finite rights, end when the states take these rights back or when the states themselves end.
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    In the Preamble, the unchangeable purpose of our Constitution, are written the duties of the government. These duties are that the government must protect and provide for the infinite, unalienable human rights endowed by our infinite Creator. Government gives the individual human being a birth certificate and a tax bill.
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    The infinite Supreme Sovereign Being gives man a share in HIs life through Jesus Christ, endowed into the human soul as perfect legal and moral innocence, Justice and immortality, infused into the one celled human being to direct growth and life. God gives life, unalienable human rights and freedom. The exercise of this freedom is expressed in our national motto: “In God we trust”
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    Philip once wrote that he picks up a penny from the ground because of God being acknowledged on the coin, whereas, I only picked up the coin at that time because of Abraham Lincoln.
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    The acknowledgement of God is an exercise in freedom of religion. To deny the people the freedom to acknowledge God on our coins as our national motto, as the atheist is wont to do, is the prohibition of freedom of religion. Every empty public square and space is a prohibition of freedom of religion. : “or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” There is that wonderful concept of God-given freedom again, exercised through the God-given free will of our immortal human souls.
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    Atheism, the denial of freedom of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof, is unconstitutional.

  • Sorry. I work in Word and this got by me. I hope I do not have to be purged of every non-essential word. Scares me.

  • Here is the thing….having God on our money, in our pledge, etc. forces atheists to pay homage to a God they don’t believe in. Prayer in school? Its one thing to have a few minutes of quiet time at the start of the day when people can sit and either pray or meditate or just stare off into space. And its certainly fine if students pray on the playground. But do we really think its right to DEMAND that atheist students, or even just non-Christian student, pray to what they don’t believe? And if we just give them the option of opting out….that puts a target on their backs that bullies will be drawn to exploit. In terms of not having the 10 commandments or reference to God on our government buildings, is there really any harm in that? To me, its just acknowledging that we have non-Christian fellow citizens. Do they not deserve our respect? And in terms of the recent debate about the wedding cake thing in Arizona….an argument I heard from a more liberal perspective was that while a private group has all the freedom in the world to discriminate (like the Knights of Columbus accepting only males that follow church teaching), once you get involved in commerce, you are subject to anti-discrimination laws.

    I see nothing wrong with not referencing God in our motto, pledge, or money. I see nothing wrong with having quiet time at the start of the school day rather than strictly prayer. As long as we Christians can preach and assemble, and not be forced to engage in acts that go contract to our faith, I don’t see how the accommodations made to atheists and non-Christian believers in the United States represent any kind of threat. Leave the fate of immortal souls to God. In this life, regardless of that, its just immoral to force non-believers to bend the knee.

  • “That the national motto of the United States is hereby declared to be In God we trust.”
    Approved July 30th 1956-

    When President Eisenhower was in office was their a question who God is?
    Did he have to tell Americans that God is equally found in Allah Budda and Mother Earth? No!

    The one true God, Jesus Christ 2nd person of the Holy Trinity is this God that we trust. It is so appalling to me that the words of President Eisenhower have no home in the hearts and mind of the radical left; “Our government is servant not master, our chosen representatives are our equals, not our czars and commissars.”

    If the Obama presidency has illustrated one thing, it is it’s ability to lie cheat and through use of msm, convince Americans that faith in God is only secondary to faith in his administration.

    The painful possibilities of Clinton mania, ( first woman pres. ) could continue the darkness of national sovereignty and the torch mentioned above might only emit a flicker of light.

    Please make regular visits to Jesus found in adoration chapels near you. If you haven’t already become a weekly adorer I plead for you to do so…..for the sake of our freedoms our families and our future.

  • Thou shalt not pray.

    Yeah, the 1950’s and 60’s were before America became enlightened with abortion, class war, untrammeled divorce, gender victimology, race, and sexual orientation issues.

    I went to public schools when they had “prayer.” Christ, Hirohito, Muhammad, Vishnu, Cluthu, et al were not ennunciated. It was generic and completely inoffensive to any reasonable ear. That qualiifier excludes libs and atheist-fascists.

    “Congress shall make no law regarding establishment of religion.” The Const. says nothing about the judiciary’s power to establish a religion.

    Is it right that atheism will be the de facto, court-established religion?

  • Atheist-fascists? Ok, I must call fowl. Atheists are not all evil. We may think their souls are at risk, but they do show kindness, self-restraint, and the don’t all think or treat us as evil. I happen to have atheist family and friends, and if one of them ran for office….I would not automatically discount voting for them because of their lack of faith.

    This is their country as well. The non-specific prayers still force them to pray to that which they don’t believe. We cannot claim to be fighting for religious liberty if we exclude them. And like I said…..the solution I suggested still allows prayer to exist on school grounds. So how are we Christians oppressed?

  • Mary De Voe, you are correct in sentiment but some details are not right.

    Thomas Edison founded General Electric and advocated use of direct current.
    George Westinghouse founded Westinghouse Electric and advocated use of alternating current.
    There was a big feud between them.
    Thomas Edison used as propaganda the application of George Westinghouse’s alternating current in killing / death penalty (Edison used Westinghouse’s AC to kill elephants as a demonstration that AC is unsafe).
    George Westinghouse got the alternating current idea from Nikola Tesla who was the real brains.
    Thomas Edison cheated Nikola Tesla out of his rightful payment for designing the lighting at the Chicago World’s Fair.
    Westinghouse Electric Company lasted through the 1970s and then died – the only thing that remains is Westinghouse Nuclear that still competes its Pressurized Water Reactor design against General Electric’s Boiling Water Reactor Design.
    General Electric’s only big competitor world wide is Siemens – Westinghouse (except for nuclear power) is out of the picture.
    The new nuclear power plants being built across the world are NOT General Electric’s ESBWR or ABWR (except in a few isolated instances like Taiwan’s Lungmen project which is a combined Taiwanese and GE project management disaster) – they are Westinghouse’s AP-1000.
    Jeff Immelt doesn’t care – after Fukushima (whose reactors were all GE BWRs with Mark I containments) he said nuclear is too hard to do, so he sells wind turbines that always require spinning natural gas reserve backup.
    General Electric has never ever trusted in God. NEVER.
    General Electric committed major pollution effluent events world wide, especially in NY State and in western Massachusetts.
    General Electric Health Care donates significant sums of money to Planned Parenthood.
    I could go on, but I will stop for now.

  • “Atheist-fascists? Ok, I must call fowl.” I call a fowl that tries to tell me what I can’t do or how to live a feathered fascist.

    One positive in this situation: when you and I die they will not be anywhere near us.

  • Thank you, Paul. There is so much to learn.
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    “Atheists are not all evil. We may think their souls are at risk, but they do show kindness, self-restraint, and the don’t all think or treat us as evil. I happen to have atheist family and friends, and if one of them ran for office….I would not automatically discount voting for them because of their lack of faith.”

    Atheists as individuals are to be tolerated. Freedom of religion must remain absolute, so when the atheist comes in search of the Truth, he is free to embrace Truth.
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    Atheism denies the Supreme Sovereign Being, God, our Creator’s creation of, and endowment of the human being, composed of human body and rational, immortal human soul. The human soul, denied by atheism, is the seat of free will, intellect, and conscience. The human soul, denied, makes of every human being, a beast of burden for the state, (taxation without representation as the official refuses to acknowledge the human souls of his constituents), but if he is your friend, will you run surety for him? An atheist in the White House would deny the human conscience as Obama has done and disregard the civil rights of every citizen. The human person needs to be acknowledged by an infinite Creator and have infinite human rights. Rights the state gives, the state can take away.

    Every school shooting has taken place in the classroom where the Ten Commandments, especially, “Thou shalt not kill” have been removed. Atheism carries responsibility for this carnage. Disrespect for the human being as a transcendent person through human sacrifice, pornography, sex slavery, and sodomy ignores the person’s destiny.
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    Acknowledging the Supreme Sovereign Being, Three Sovereign Persons, acknowledges the sovereign personhood of each and every individual substance of a rational nature, the correct definition of the Person.

    “This is their country as well”
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    Well , not exactly. When an individual denies another individual his civil rights, he forfeits his own civil rights and becomes persona non-grata. The execution of capital punishment for 1st degree homicide is the removal of civil rights from the murderer.
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    “The non-specific prayers still force them to pray to that which they don’t believe. We cannot claim to be fighting for religious liberty if we exclude them. And like I said…..the solution I suggested still allows prayer to exist on school grounds. So how are we Christians oppressed?”

    The Supreme Court told Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the atheist, that she could go her own way. I believe that that was in Engel v. Vitale, 1962. The Supreme Court “tolerated” the atheist. Prayer, freedom of speech, was banned. Peaceable assembly at Christmas and Halloween and St. Valentine’s Day was denied.

    Atheism denies every freedom of religion and tolerates no religious symbol or religious exercise, including the last will and testament of fallen soldiers to be buried under their Mt. Soledad Cross.
    It would seem proper for you to use your God-given free will “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

  • “having God on our money, in our pledge, etc. forces atheists to pay homage to a God they don’t believe in ”
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    Poor atheists, they are forced to participate in a successful system, made successful by Judeo Christian principles.
    You call it “our money” “our pledge” etc. You say “our” rather than “my” because it is a shared economy, not a personal one, but belonging to a community. The community that built this economy was basically Jews and Christians and their beliefs and social structures. Judeo-Christian principles that have shaped “our” economy developed over the last 4000 years with DEFERENCE for God, and have been shown effective.
    An individual who want to participate with the rest of the U.S. in our shared economy is best to remember who brought them to the dance…. Whether it suits a relatively rare opinion or not, recognizing God is smart. Good for us. Life is better. On the other hand, not recognizing God is dumb. Living in disorder, with no clear end or purpose of life does not make prosperity.

    Why would the people who know what works change it just to be nice to a small number of unsure of their origin or end.

  • “So how are we Christians oppressed?”
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    The rights the atheists give, the atheists can take away.

  • The Church of Scotland Act, passed by Parliament in 1921 is of some interest. It declares “This Church [the Church of Scotland] acknowledges the divine appointment and authority of the civil magistrate within his own sphere, and maintains its historic testimony to the duty of the nation acting in its corporate capacity to render homage to God, to acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ to be King over the nations, to obey His laws, to reverence His ordinances, to honour His Church, and to promote in all appropriate ways the Kingdom of God. The Church and the State owe mutual duties to each other, and acting within their respective spheres may signally promote each other’s welfare.”

    Parliament, perhaps wisely, did not spell out these “mutual duties,” but it left in force the Ministers Act 1693, “that the Lords of their Majesties Privy Councill and all other Magistrates Judges and Officers of Justice give all due assistance for makeing the Sentences and Censures of the Church and Judicatures thereof to be obeyed or otherways effectuall as accords”

    The Act also provides that “Nothing contained in this Act or in any other Act affecting the Church of Scotland shall prejudice the recognition of any other Church in Scotland as a Christian Church protected by law in the exercise of its spiritual functions.”

  • God bless Scotland.
    God help the USA.
    By the way. Who was it that formed the free hospitals? Schools and orphanages?
    Oh. Maybe if Madison Wisconsin’s charming group FFR existed then….

    Only the fool saith there is no God.

  • T. Shaw: My response is that not all atheists do this. There are plenty of atheists who would never dream of smashing down churches or bullying believers. So no, they are not all telling us what to do. Many of them just want to live their own lives.

    Mary: Even people who reject the trinity might still believe in some sort of intelligent being that granted human beings natural rights. What is more, even if you don’t believe in such a being, you might still believe in natural rights for any number of reasons, and justify those rights on any number of grounds. For instance, the golden rule is common sense. Also, because human beings are flawed, it makes logical sense that no human should be given absolute power, which in turn justifies both democracy and the freedom to criticize the government. It is logically inconsistent to say “I demand freedom for my beliefs but I won’t tolerate yours”. I happen to believe that a divine being granted us rights, but to NOT believe in said being does not automatically imply you think all rights are gifts of the government to be taken away.

    In terms of an atheist in the White House, the President of the United States is still limited by the voters, Congress, and the Courts. Regardless of what one may think of the President, many atheists would not take away freedom from others. Would we say that a Jewish person or a Muslim couldn’t run? Remember how worried this country was in its past about electing Catholics?

    Anzlyne: Hypothetical example…For work (I don’t know your occupation, but I’m using a hypothetical here) you moved to a Muslim nation. Your kids enrolled in public school (lets say private schooling or home schooling are not options), and had to say a pledge that included reference to Mohammad. How would you feel?

  • June of this year marks my thirteenth year assisting the elderly. I have had many privileges and witnessed many deaths. One week prior to the death of an proud atheist, I was called into her room. She hated my faith in Jesus, and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I answered her request.

    She told me that she was scared. She said that “they” were after her and wouldn’t let her rest. I asked who was after her. She said the devils. I reassured her that the name above all names will help her. She said Jesus?
    Yes. Repeat his name and believe in him, he is real and alive. The very next day she thanked me. She said she had never felt such peace. She started to believe. She died in her sleep six days later.

    The last four things; Death Judgment Heaven or Hell.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour: “The Church and the State owe mutual duties to each other, and acting within their respective spheres may signally promote each other’s welfare.”
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    “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” God created Caesar and therefore, Caesar belongs to God. The principle of separation of church and state can only be understood as both being under God, from God and going to God.
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    J.S, Person: How fitting your name is Person. Sovereign Personhood is endowed by our Creator into the immortal soul. Atheism rejects and refuses the Creator of sovereign Personhood. According to atheism, you, J. S. Person do not have personhood, nor sovereignty. The error of atheism is that it does not recognize the person, the individual person and the sovereignty of the individual person. Atheism has no sovereignty, nor personhood. Atheism only recognizes its own tenets which are lacking in truth. Atheism cannot and does not point to the real Truth of God become man. Therefore, in Atheism, man is recognized as an animal, a beast of burden to be herded, without immortality, or free will, or the freedom created for him by God. Anyone of these tenets of atheism are harmful and destructive of the humankind.
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    Persons adhering to atheism deconstruct their own existence. God is existence, the Supreme Sovereign Being. If you exist, God exists.
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    “Even people who reject the trinity might still believe in some sort of intelligent being that granted human beings natural rights.”
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    God is LOVE and God loves. God, the Father, needs someone to love. God the Father loves His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ loves His Father, perfectly. The love WHO proceeds from the Father and the Son is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, in the first family, a community of love, a state of sovereign Persons freely willing to love one another perfectly.
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    What does atheism have to offer?
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    Read what you have written. You refer to the person of God as “that”, a thing. If I said: “J. S. Person, that writes, and refer to you as a thing, you would be insulted. Yet, you persist in doing just so, insulting all persons by referring to persons as things. The Person of God, all persons, great and small, are souls and are referred to as WHO…a person, who. You remember all the WHOs in WHOVILLE? Only persons are people and only God creates persons. Natural rights begin with respect, circumspect respect, acknowledgement of the human spirit and soul, the human being, in freedom, who atheism denies, allowing the fallen angels to incite riot, mayhem, murder and chaos. All hell breaks loose when God is denied.
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    “For instance, the golden rule is common sense.” Love thy neighbor as thyself was preached by Jesus Christ and the prophets, first.
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    “Also, because human beings are flawed, it makes logical sense that no human should be given absolute power, which in turn justifies both democracy and the freedom to criticize the government.” “Under God” WHO is perfection, absolute love and the virtue of Justice, satisfies this human need.
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    ““I demand freedom for my beliefs but I won’t tolerate yours”.” I said, if you read correctly, that atheists, as persons must be tolerated. Atheism as an error must be and is unconstitutional. First, the First Amendment inscribes freedom of religion. Religion is man’s response to the gift of Faith from God, in thought, word, press and peaceable assembly. Religion is man’s relationship with our Creator, a love affair. Secondly, atheism is a belief, like the world is flat. Atheism is not a religion. Atheism is a belief that man chooses to embrace to destroy religion among men, and our understanding of the dignity and immortality of the human being. The lust for power to conform and bully others is the hallmark of atheism.
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    “I happen to believe that a divine being granted us rights,”” If you, person, believed in a Divine Being, you would capitalize your reference in respect.
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    “but to NOT believe in said being does not automatically imply you think all rights are gifts of the government to be taken away.” Without God, government will make us all beasts of burden to totalitarianism. Without God, government cannot represent the human being as a person, composed of human body and rational, immortal human soul. The citizens’ constituency is not represented and the citizens are paying taxes and not be represented. Taxation without representation is a tyranny.
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    “many atheists would not take away freedom from others.” Atheism does.
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    “Would we say that a Jewish person or a Muslim couldn’t run? Remember how worried this country was in its past about electing Catholics?” There can be no religious test for public office. A religious test for public office is unconstitutional. So, why the religious discrimination against Catholics?
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    “Your kids enrolled in public school (lets say private schooling or home schooling are not options), and had to say a pledge that included reference to Mohammad.”
    In California minor children are being indoctrinated in being Muslims. America is being indoctrinated into atheism. Time to give the Trinity of God equal time.

  • Yes. Philip: “She said that “they” were after her and wouldn’t let her rest. I asked who was after her. She said the devils. I reassured her that the name above all names will help her. She said Jesus? “-
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    The devils will not help anyone to heaven. Offer up the devil’s torments and assaults on you to God for heaven and peace will reign.

  • Atheism denies God, the infinite Supreme Sovereign Being, Who is three Persons in Trinity. Atheism denies the divinity of God. Atheism denies Divine Providence. Atheism rejects the human being, composed of body and soul, refuses to accept the sovereign personhood of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God, infinite human rights endowed by God, eternal life of the soul, to be judged by God in perfect Justice, to be loved by God in perfect Love and to be forgiven by God in perfect mercy.
    Atheism denies freedom of free will and conscience.
    Atheism admits to temporary human rights allotted by the state or other functionary as the community, or the human race, through belonging to the same species, natural man, Homo Sapiens, a human being.
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    Atheism holds that when a man dies, he dies and his human rights die with him. The human being, according to atheism, may have no last will or testament. If man has no free will while he walked the earth, how can man have a last will, while he walks in eternity? No will, nor testament, no tradition, no founding principles, no freedom.

    Government is collecting taxes from people and refusing to represent them as constituents, body and soul. By redefining man as an animal having no immortal human soul, government is overturning man’s eternal human rights and God’s eternal Truths and in a court of law this is perjury.
    The government’s right to redefine man as having no rational soul, no conscience, no eternal life, no freedom and no right to be represented as constituents of government of the people, for the people and by the people does not exist.
    Hobby Lobby has been paying taxes and government has neglected to represent the Green family, body and soul.
    In the Court, when the attorney for the Green family represents the Green family, the lawyer represents the human persons of body and soul, conscience and free will. When the government lawyers representing the government refer to the Green family, the lawyers refer to the Green family, whom they have redefined to have no immortal, eternal life or human soul, and as such, are represented as constituents of government. The free will of the Green family is under attack by atheistic forces that deny the human soul. Government imposition of atheism is unconstitutional.
    Being redefined as having no soul, no conscience, the people are paying taxes without being represented as constituents of government as they are, body and soul. Taxation without representation is unconstitutional.

  • Mary DeVoe.
    Thank you. I never considered offering the torments of the devils to our Lord.
    When He was tormented by the spirits of the devils ( scourging crowning of thorns carrying of the cross ) He was offering those torments to the Father.

    Today; Acts of the Apostles 4:9-10
    “If we must answer today for a good deed done to a cripple and explain how he was restored to health, then you and all the people of Israel must realize that it was done in the Name of Jesus Christ.”

    Peace Mary and Gods blessings always.

  • Philip: May God bless your ministry.

The Archbishop and the Concentration Camp

Tuesday, August 17, AD 2010

Retired Archbishop Philip. M. Hannan of New Orleans, still alive at the age of 97, discusses his service in the video above, made in 2007, with the 505th parachute infantry regiment of the 82nd Airborne in World War II.  Ordained at the North American College in Rome on December 8, 1939, he served with the 82nd Airborne as a chaplain from 1942-46, and was known as the Jumping Padre.  He was assigned to be the chaplain of the 505th Regiment with the rank of Captain shortly after the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.  He had many adventures during his time with the 505th, but perhaps the most poignant was what happened to him on May 5th, 1945, in the final days of the War in Europe.

On May 5, 1945, the 505th overran a concentration camp near Wobbelin in Germany.  Captain Hannan and his assistant James Ospital hurried to the camp to see what they could do to help.  A scene of complete horror awaited them.  Corpses were sprawled everywhere.  Dying prisoners lay in filthy bunks crudely made out of branches.  All the prisoners looked like skeletons, both the dead and the living.  The camp reeked of the smells of a charnel house and a sewer.

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10 Responses to The Archbishop and the Concentration Camp

  • Now this is a story worth posting! Thanks!

  • Stories such as these keep me returning to The American Catholic daily. Thanks so much for this many other posts!

  • Thanks for the kind remarks. The Church has a great story to tell and I like to do what I can to tell a minute portion of it.

  • Thank you for writing this tribute to Archbishop Hannan. I did not know about this WWII experience. Archbishop in Combat Boots shares a similar title with the canonizable Father Emil Kapaun’s biography: Shepherd in Combat Boots. Interesting aside: I read in Michael Davies book on Pope John’s Council that the outspoken Hannan made a statement to the press during the Council to this effect — the best thing that could happen to Vatican II is that it ends.

  • “I read in Michael Davies book on Pope John’s Council that the outspoken Hannan made a statement to the press during the Council to this effect — the best thing that could happen to Vatican II is that it ends.”

    I could imagine him saying that. The main hallmark of the Archbishop’s career has been courage and an unclerical willingess to call a spade a bloody shovel.

  • Hannan has had his memoir recently published, I think. Probably worth the read.

    The citizens of Ludwigslust were forced to dig the graves. Also per Eisenhower’s standing order, all adult citizens of Ludwigslust were required to take a tour of the concentration camp.

    An interesting punishment but I wonder if there aren’t some moral problems with “forcing” and requiring the citizens to do it. Is there anything in just war doctrine about this kind of stuff that anybody has?

  • It would be interesting if we as casual bystanders to the grave atrocity of abortion would be forced to dig graves for our dead and tour the grounds of the abortion mills

  • I wonder why Ike is not posthumously, indicted, prosecuted, convicted, disinterred and properly dishonored for his “crimes and lack of sensitivity”?

    God help us.

  • MD,
    I think you are working “Just War”, just a bit too hard. Just war is primarily about the decision enter into or to accept combat and the limitations to be placed upon the subsequent use of force. I know you want to disapprove of a US General’s handling of an issue, but the corpses posed a public health risk, and that primarily to the German populace. Having permitted, even encouraged their government to inititiate a global war on humanity, the German population had seen their dreams of world conquest come to naught, and themselves abandoned to the control of their defeated government’s conquerers. The graves needed to be dug, the martial administrators were under no obligation to provide the labor force, or to pay for it.
    Eisenhower also ordered every Allied General officer (and all senior field grades who could be spared) in Europe to visit at least one concentration or death camp.
    this was necessary to ensure that once they started coming out of the woodwork, Holocaust Deniers like Mel Gibson’s father would be immediately and universally known for the psychopathic liars they are.

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