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AFA’s Fischer says America has ‘feminized’ the Medal of Honor
Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta certainly earned the Medal of Honor bestowed upon him Tuesday, said the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. But continuing to award the medal to people who save American lives instead of to those who kill the enemy has “feminized” the medal, Fischer contends.
Giunta, 25, of Hiawatha, rushed into enemy fire to aid fellow soldiers during a harrowing battle in Afghanistan in 2007. When his platoon was ambushed, Giunta pulled a wounded soldier to safety, and in the process was struck by two bullets himself. He recovered to help mount a counterattack, eventually reaching another injured soldier. Giunta continued pressing ahead in search of Sgt. Joshua C. Brennan, the third wounded soldier and one of Giunta’s best friends. When he found two insurgents attempting to carry away Brennan, he opened fire, killing one and wounding the other.
Brennan eventually died despite Giunta’s efforts.
For his courageous actions, President Barack Obama awarded him the medal, the first to a living soldier since the Vietnam War.
“When we think of heroism in battle, we used the think of our boys storming the beaches of Normandy under withering fire, climbing the cliffs of Pointe do Hoc while enemy soldiers fired straight down on them, and tossing grenades into pill boxes to take out gun emplacements,” Fischer wrote on his blog Tuesday. “That kind of heroism has apparently become passe when it comes to awarding the Medal of Honor. We now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them.”
Fischer’s organization helped bankroll the campaign that ultimately led to three Iowa Supreme Court justices being removed from the bench over their unanimous decision in 2009 that legalized same-sex marriage. Fischer’s group, which is based in Mississippi, spent nearly $100,000 in Iowa on the effort. Fischer’s past statements, as well as several positions his group has taken over the years, led a group of Iowa religious leaders to denounce AFA as an “extremist hate group.”
Fischer summed up his argument about the Medal of Honor by concluding that while we rightly honor those who give up their lives to save their comrades, “it’s about time we started also honoring those who kill bad guys.”