Can we fit three of the most poisonous things wrong with our society into a single incident? YES:
A Pastor fabricated his past as a Navy SEAL (emphasis mine):
Several former SEALs wrote into The Patriot-News casting doubt on the reverend’s account of his service.
“We deal with these guys all the time, especially the clergy. It’s amazing how many of the clergy are involved in those lies to build that flock up,” said retired SEAL Don Shipley. Shipley also speculated the waterboarding and kitchen details came from the action depicted in “Under Siege.”
One could write a library’s worth of books about the propensity to lie in order to convert, or that sticky mix of patriotism and bloodlust that so fully consumes the national discourse on war.
The paper’s response upon finding out about this falsehood takes the cake (emphasis mine):
The paper, meanwhile, is unapologetic for printing Moats’ prevarications.
“The Patriot-News regularly interviews veterans to tell their stories. We do not regularly ask those we interview for proof of their service, believing these men and women would not lie and dishonor those who have fought bravely defending our country,” the paper said in a special note to readers about the incident.
A newspaper that eschews proof in favor of faith is worthless.
So there we have it. A pastor who lies and the newspaper that enabled him and refuses to apologize for taking the information it gathers at face value, and the underlying obsession with our warrior class simmering underneath it all. If you have any question as to how we find ourselves continually suffering as a nation, look directly at this fact: That we glorify violence and avoid the truth.