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Friday, June 29, 2012

What Would Jesus Say?

As some of you might have guessed by now, I have a wee bee in my bonnet about the Vietnam war.

As a result, I have, in the past, found myself receiving psychiatric treatment and psychological counselling from a government approved and funded treatment facility called St John Of God Hospital run by a tentacle of the Catholic church.

As a result of this past association, I receive, at about this time every year, an invitation to a gathering of veterans at said hospital.  Here are excerpts from this year's invite:

"You are warmly invited" ( to their Vietnam Veterans Day) "Service of Celebration"

"We look forward to sharing this important celebration with you."

They requested I send them an RSVP email.  So I did.  This is what I said:

Dear RSVP,

I would be pleased to attend, but alas, only in the role of guest reader of the sermon at your "Service of Celebration" on 2 August 2012.

Here is a summary of the sermon I would deliver:


Celebrating the killing of four million people, most of them civilians, in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, in what has rightly been called The American War.

Celebrating our erstwhile government's toadying up to the American Empire by sending our troops into that war.   

Celebrating the Christian churches' tacit (and sometimes not so tacit) support for this war, their blessing of the troops, and their celebration of those poor sods' "service" (to a foreign power) every Anzac Day, Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day.

Celebrating the 500 dead Aussies.

Celebrating the thousands of Aussies wounded.

Celebrating the tens of thousands of Aussies psychologically scarred for the rest of their lives.
Meditating upon the teachings of Jesus.  (A reading of the Sermon On The Mount would precede this.)

Meditating upon what Jesus might say about the evils of capitalism and the beauty of socialism.

Meditating upon what Jesus might say about all this celebrating and justifying and glorifying of war.

Meditating upon what Jesus might say to the Christian churches making millions (from the public coffers)  from the treatment and care of veterans of wars the churches failed to adequately oppose.


The sermon would then be followed by a rousing rendition of Onward Christian Soldiers during which the veterans would be encouraged to jangle their war medals to simulate the sound of tambourine accompaniment.

Please let me know soonest regarding my offer of reading the sermon.

Happy celebrating, guys.

Gerry (......)
Vietnam veteran and peace activist.


Blogger Vest said...

Great stuff Gerry, you couldn't have put it better.Loved it.

June 29, 2012 6:59 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I don't know what I'd do if they accepted my offer. But somehow I don't think I need worry too much about that. :-)

June 29, 2012 7:05 PM  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

too frequently, the word 'celebration' is used in error when the correct word would be 'commemorate'.
celebrate ANZAC Day - I don't think so.
Many in my age group (60's) call it The American War.
try to understand that the people you are annoyed by, are damaged too.

July 01, 2012 6:03 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Wise words, H.

But the mob that run the veterans' PTSD program at SJOG should know better than to get "celebrate" mixed up with "commemorate". I doubt that it was accidental. Which is why I gave them a serve.

I even caught out Cardinal Pell spruiking blatant war-glorifying propaganda last Anzac Day.

These guys are not innocents. They know exactly what they're saying. Their propaganda is deliberate.


XX right back atcha! :-)

July 02, 2012 6:37 PM  

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