Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Ground Zero Mosque — I’m Conflicted


Here’s the basics about me — Christian, American, Mom, Army Wife, New Yorker….  And I am conflicted about the building of a mosque at Ground Zero. 

For some people this is very black and white.  But as an American, I believe in freedom of religion.  Something that others do not have in other countries.  Even in Iraq, Christians have a hard time worshiping the way they choose.  My husband served with an Iraqi soldier that was Catholic.  He kept his family in a far away location and told my husband that because their church had been burnt down, they had to worship when and where they could.  Being Catholic myself, I sent this soldier a set of rosary beads that I made for him and my husband, with my blessing, gave him the patron saint medals that I asked hubby to carry with him while deployed.  My heart ached for this man and his family.  They were not as fortunate as Americans.

The Quakers and the Puritans came to America in order to  escape religious persecution.  I won’t tell you that all was rosy for them once they got here, but it was easier than if they had stayed in England.  But they had a choice. 

As a New Yorker and an Army wife, the September 11 attacks changed my life in many ways.  I had been married for less than a year and was expecting our first child.  We never thought that he would be deployed during war-time.  War didn’t seem like something to consider.  And the attack was in my backyard.  I have friends that watch the towers come down from where they lived and worked.  I was angry for a long, long time!  I still get angry, but my anger changed over time.  First it was the loss of life and destruction, but now, the time my husband leaves his family, leaves me. 

So how can these people who decided to build this mosque think that it was a good thing.  I know that it was not them that did it and we should not blame the religion.  Any type of radical religion is dangerous and, as I see it, corrupt.  But unfortunately, this religion is where these radical terrorists came from. 

While on one hand, I believe in freedom of religion, I also think that the organizers are being insensitive.

Any thoughts?  Let me know.

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Tramatic Brain Injury Awareness Month


With the untimely death of actress Natasha Richardson, I thought it was a good time to let you know that March is Tramatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. 

Tramatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been a new term that has been associated with head injuries of military members.  Well, at least, that is when I started hearing about it.  Many people didn’t know the term until Bob Woodruff, ABC New Reporter, suffered TBI in Taji, Iraq while embedded with the US Army 4th Infantry Division.  Because of Mr Woodruff’s unfortunate injuries, he was able to educate the general public on TBI and know, first hand, what soldiers face during their deployments.  In February 2007, Mr Woodruff was reporting again for ABC with the documentary “To Iraq and Back”.  (You can read about the documentary here.)  Mr Woodruff has also become a great supporter of the troops with the Bob Woodruff Foundation

While I am saddened at the death of Ms Richardson and Mr Woodruff’s injuries, their tragedies have brought the attention to injuries that our troops suffering repeatedly.  They say that every cloud has a silver lining, maybe this silver lining will bring better research and medical advancements that will help our soldiers and others that suffer from TBI.

For more information on TBI, you can check out this link at army.mil.