If my Facebook newsfeed is any indication, Americans do not approach Memorial Day in a uniform way. Some Americans barbecue, party, and celebrate their day off work while others lament the national disconnect with “what the holiday is all about.”
This project centers on mass media portrayals of military and warfare in the United States and seeks to reflect upon them through the application of practical theology. Elements of the Christian theological tradition will serve the current project as a norming influenceand ground subsequent proposed responses to the proliferation of speech, warfare depiction, and entertainment that spur militarism. This project does not intend to determine whether or not war is ever justified; it focuses on the depiction of and speech about warfare in the American media.
This week’s GOP presidential debate showcased an eruption of applause for Governor Rick Perry and his state’s track record of 234 more inmate executions than any other state, “more than any other governor in modern times.” Barbaric? According to Perry, absolutely not. Americans simply “understand justice.”
Between 1973 and 1995, the Senate Judiciary Committee found the “overall rate of serious reversible error in capital cases” to be 68 percent of almost 4,600 cases studied.1
But I can see how one wouldn’t lose any sleep at night over such problems; after all, the real Americans are clapping.
The irony here is strong. In order to explore the depths of meaning behind these souvenirs recently discovered at a shop in Gorman, California, we’re having a caption contest. Create a caption for this picture and leave it in the comments. Good luck and in hoc signo vinces!
UPDATE/DISCLAIMER: There is no disrespect intended by this post, or the subsequent comments, toward the members of our military. One must realize, however, how crazy the idea of a cross imprinted with the seal of the United States military is.
“Justice is blind,” or so the saying goes. If justice were blind in the United States of America, why are blacks who kill whites twenty-two times more likely to face execution than blacks who kill blacks? Why does the jury selection process often succeed in selecting all white panels in areas where the majority of the population is African American? Why aren’t the affluent ever executed in our society? Why is it always the poor who face capital punishment? I’ll tell you why; because Justice is a liar. Her blindfolded act is a sham. She clearly sees in terms of race and economic status. Read more “Pin the Tail on the Death Penalty”