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03-31-03, 02:34 PM
Human Shield - a different perspective

Last week, the Shelby County (Tennessee) Legislative Delegation hosted

a "Stand Up for America Rally." More than 1,200 people attended including

featured speakers Chief Justice Roy Moore, Adjutant General Mark Bowen

and State Auditor Beth Chapman.

Attached is a copy of Mrs. Chapman's speech, which resulted in five
standing ovations, tremendous applause and an encore. It's a short read
and well worth it.

I hope you enjoy it, as we continue to "Stand up for America!"


Stand Up for America Rally Speech By: Beth Chapman

I'm here tonight because men and women of the United States military
have given their lives for my freedom. I am not here tonight because
Sheryl Crowe, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Jane Fonda
or Phil Donahue, sacrificed their lives for me.

If my memory serves me correctly, it was not movie stars or musicians,
but the United States Military who fought on the shores of Iwo Jima, the
jungles of Vietnam, and the beaches of Normandy.

Tonight, I say we should support the President of the United States and
the U.S. Military and tell the liberal, tree-hugging,
Birkenstock-wearing, hippy, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies
and music and whine somewhere else.

After all, if they lived in Iraq, they wouldn't be allowed the freedom
of speech they're being given here today. Ironically, they would
be put to death at the hands of Sadam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden.

I want to know how the very people who are against war because of the
loss of life, can possibly be the same people who are for abortion?

They are the same people who are for animal rights but against the
rights of the unborn.

The movie stars say they want to go to Iraq and serve as "human shields"
for the Iraqis. I say let them buy a one-way ticket and go.

No one likes war. I hate war! But the one thing I hate more is the fact
that this country has been forced into war-innocent people
have lost their lives - - and there but for the grace of God, it could
have been my brother, my husband, or even worse my own son.

On December 7, 1941, there are no records of movie stars treading the
blazing waters of Pearl Harbor.

On September 11, 2001; there are no photos of movie stars standing as
"human shields" against the debris and falling bodies
descending from the World Trade Center. There were only policemen and
firemen - -underpaid civil servants who gave their all with
nothing expected in return.

When the USS Cole was bombed, there were no movie stars guarding the
ship - - where were the human shields then?

If America's movie stars want to be human shields, let them shield the
gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles, or New York City, let
them shield the lives of the children of North Birmingham whose mothers
lay them down to sleep on the floor each night to shelter
them from stray bullets.

If they want to be human shields, I say let them shield the men and
women of honesty and integrity who epitomize courage and
embody the spirit of freedom by wearing the proud uniforms of the United
States Military. Those are the people who have earned and
deserve shielding!

Throughout the course of history, this country has remained free, not
because of movie stars and liberal activists, but because of
brave men and women who hated war too. However, they lay down their
lives so that we all may live in freedom. After all - "What
greater love hath no man, that he lay down his life for his friend," or
in this case a country.

We should give our military honor and acknowledgement and not let their
lives be in vain. If you want to see true human shields,
walk through Arlington Cemetery. There lie human shields, heroes, and
the BRAVE Americans who didn't get on television and talk
about being a human shield - they were human shields.

I thank God tonight for freedom - - those who bought and paid for it
with their lives in the past - - those who will protect it in the
present and defend it in the future.

America has remained silent too long! God-fearing people have remained
silent too long!

We must lift our voices united in a humble prayer to God for guidance
and the strength and courage to sustain us throughout
whatever the future may hold.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11th, my then eleven -year-old son said
terrorism is a war against us and them and if you're not one
of us, then you're one of them.

So in closing tonight, let us be of one accord, let us stand proud, and
let us be the human shields of prayer, encouragement and
support for the President, our troops and their families and our

May God bless America, the land of the free, the home of the brave and
the greatest country on the face of this earth!

Super Dave
03-31-03, 03:04 PM

05-21-11, 07:29 PM
Maybe she should run for office.

05-21-11, 07:43 PM
Maybe she should run for office.

Ricky Racer you do realize this thread is 8 years old? :D

05-22-11, 12:31 PM
snopes.com: Beth Chapman Speech (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/chapman.asp) http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/chapman.asp

Claim: Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman delivered a "Stand Up for America" speech.

Status: True.

Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]

06-10-11, 03:05 AM
it's awesome!!:thumbup:

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