My Lai: Never Forget

About Philip E Jenks

Philip, a synodical deacon in the ELCA Metropolitan New York synod, is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.
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1 Response to My Lai: Never Forget

  1. anfearfaire says:

    America seemed not to react??? There had been protests against the war since its beginning. As early as 1965, students were suspended from school for wearing anti-war armbands. According to At a march of over 5,000 protestors in Chicago, Illinois, on March 25, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War “a blasphemy against all that America stands for.” Bobby Kennedy ran his campaign on ending the war. We all know how it ended up for these men. Celebrities got blacklisted for speaking out…Jane Fonda and Harry Belefonte to name a few. Mohammad Ali faced a prison sentence and was suspended from boxing.
    According to On October 15, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people took part in National Moratorium anti-war demonstrations across the United States; the demonstrations prompted many workers to call in sick from their jobs and adolescents nationwide engaged in truancy from school. About 15 million Americans took part in the demonstration of October 15, making it the largest protests in a single day up to that point. A second round of “Moratorium” demonstrations was held on November 15 and attracted more people than the first.
    Protestors faced arrest. On the campus or in the workplace they were ostracized, shunned, called commies, anti-American, told to go back to where they came from, etc.
    A large part of the “Silent Majority” were not FOR the war, they were afraid of the consequences should they speak out or participate in antiwar activities.
    Some such as those at Kent State were killed for their antiwar protests.
    We were not old enough to drink a beer or even vote, yet we were old enough to be given a gun and told to shoot fellow human beings halfway around the world.
    Damn our parents for letting their teenage children appear before the draft boards to be conscripted.
    Needless to say, mankind will not learn from history. As he did in the Garden of Eden, שָׂטָן has done a wonderful job deluding mankind into hatreds, greeds, wars, and all kind of atrocities. Only upon the return of our Lord and Savior and the binding of שָׂטָן will there be an end.


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