The Stigma of Religion

This is a picture I took at H & S Co., 1st Military Police Bt., 1st Marine Division in 1970.

Chaplain in Vietnam

Here is a chaplain. His religious realm is well protected presumably by secular Marines. Secular in the sense of “a person not a cleric; layman” (Webster’s).

Today it’s the case that America needs protection from religion.

I will give honor to the religionist who has earned recognition.

Congressional Medal of Honor



Rank and organization: Lieutenant. U.S. Navy. Chaplain Corps. 3d Battalion, 5th (Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein). FMF

Place and date: Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, 4 September 1967

Entered service at: Staten Island, New York

Born: 13 February 1929, Staten Island, New York


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the 3d Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lt. Capodanno left the relative safety of the company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire, directly to the beleaguered platoon. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, he moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving medical aid to the wounded. When an exploding mortar round inflicted painful multiple wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. Instead, he directed the corpsmen to help their wounded comrades, and, with calm vigor, continued to move about the battlefield as he provided encouragement by voice and example to the valiant Marines. Upon encountering a wounded corpsman in the direct line of fire of an enemy machine gunner positioned approximately 15 yards away, Lt. Capodanno rushed in a daring attempt to aid and assist the mortally wounded corpsman. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.


At the same time I see religion as the source of all evil in the world. Just look around. Islamic killers are getting away with it because, in America, one political party (Republicans) base their doomed-to-failure policy in fighting the war―on religion. The Democrats, hungry for power to destroy America, jump in every way deceptive on the religious band-wagon.

Other than curves and levels adjustments in Photoshop I leave this photo as is, with scratches and spots as religion is just that way―stained with corruption.

Published in: on September 15, 2007 at 5:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

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