General Dempsey Leads ThanksUSA in God Bless America (Video)
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the “keynote speech” at a ThanksUSA gala. ThanksUSA was founded by an 8 and 10 year old in 2006 as a means to provide scholarships to children and spouses of US troops.
Never one to let a good deed go unpunished, Michael Weinstein will probably soon be calling for the General’s court-martial for “endorsing a non-Federal entity” — especially when Weinstein finds out who’s on their board of directors.
Even better, General Dempsey — widely known for his public singing — concluded the presentation by bringing the entire event to its feet when he led them in “God Bless America,” and chided those who didn’t know the words:
“If you know the song, you should join in, and if you don’t, you should be ashamed of yourself,” [General Dempsey] added.
Despite some tortured interpretations, there’s nothing wrong with praising an organization that has done much for someone personally in the military — or, in General Dempsey’s case, for the military as an institution. As the top General in the military showed, there’s nothing wrong with praising or supporting organizations that benefit the community — despite claims troops are only allowed to support non-religious organizations. It’s also encouraging — and a bit entertaining — to see the top General of the US Armed Forces leading a group in “God Bless America.”
Seeing a military leader call on God to bless America is like fingers on a chalkboard to Weinstein, though. We’ll see if Weinstein judges this to be the “right kind” of religious faith in the military, or if he decides to protest…