In what can only be described as a blatant and ridiculous display of moral equivalence, Anthony Stevens Arroyo of WaPo’s On Faith blog compares Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood Killer with Gen. George S. Patton and Medal of Honor winner Alvin York.
Post writer makes an outrageous moral equivalency argument
In writing about what he considers “bad prayers” Arroyo writes: But the granddaddy of bad prayers is, “Allahu Akbar!” uttered before shooting innocent people or setting off bombs to slaughter innocents to advance your own salvation. Such abuse by violence of God’s will was not invented at Fort Hood. After all, General Patton ordered the composition of a prayer for good weather so that thousands of Germans could be bombed. Army sharpshooters – like the famous Alvin York of the First World War – prayed to God for a good aim to kill people.
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So Patton praying for good weather to aid the allies’ cause against Nazis was similar to Nidal Hasan’s shouting of “Allahu Akhbar” before opening fire on his fellow American soldiers?
The prayer Arroyo is referring to which Patton disseminated was actually written by by Catholic chaplain James H. O’Neill who wrote:
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