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BY TRACY PFEIFFER You're watching multisource video U.S. news at Newsy. American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer sparked outrage after saying the United States’ Medal of Honor has been quote-”feminized” because all the medals awarded during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone to soldiers who committed acts of heroism while saving comrades--not killing the opposition. Here’s part of the controversial blog on the AFA website: “I would suggest our culture has become so feminized that we have become squeamish at the thought of the valor that is expressed in killing enemy soldiers through acts of bravery.” Fischer’s comments came in response to the recent awarding of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta (JUNN-ta), the first living service member to receive the award since the Vietnam War. Giunta saved at least two fellow soldiers in an ambush attack on his unit, was shot twice, and kept a wounded comrade alive for thirty minutes before medical units arrived. (Video: CNN) But some commentators point out -- the AFA is better known for its staunch anti-gay viewpoints. So why is Fischer going after the Medal of Honor? A writer for Politics Daily says the two subjects aren’t all that separate. “[His] views are in keeping with a strain of conservative American Christianity that frets about the ‘feminization’ of the faith. ... And some such Christian conservatives are also concerned about efforts to accept gay clergy and to portray Jesus as a passive, wimpy victim rather than a tough-guy martyr...” Fischer hasn’t backed down from his accusation, but in a lengthy interview with RT’s Thom Hartmann took care to clarify -- his issue isn’t with the soldiers receiving the awards, but the officials giving them. FISCHER: “He imitated the example of Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for his friends, and it’s altogether right and proper that we award him the highest honor that the military can give. ... Not that the soldiers have been feminized -- the process has been feminized. ... People that should be honored with the Medal of Honor are not being given that honor, and that’s my complaint -- we are honoring people for heroism, but there are others who are equally deserving.” Finally, an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register is wondering why Fischer even felt qualified to comment on the matter. “Perhaps we missed the reference to military service in Fischer's online bio, but in any case, it seems the ultimate hypocrisy to question bravery unless you have, yourself, faced death in war and acted heroically.” Get more multi-source news analysis from Newsy**** Transcript by Newsy
24 Nov 2010
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