Zachary Sneddon, a U.S. Navy Avionics Technician sent in this screen capture of a new National Guard online advertising campaign.
“I took this screen capture while browsing; draw your attention to the banner ad to the right of the media window in this picture. It’s a recruitment ad for the Army National Guard. The picture is of the torso of a man wearing fatigues with captain’s bars and carrying a bible in his hand, one of the ubiquitous Christian “HOLY BIBLE” generic editions. The ad copy reads, “YOU ARE NEEDED HERE.” The torso in the ad carries no visible insignia of the chaplain’s corps. This advertisement seems to be saying that the United States Army National Guard needs Christian soldiers. What about Jews? Muslims? Buddhists? Atheists? I am a natural-born American citizen and a patriot; I serve our nation proudly as an avionics technician in the United States Navy. I am also disturbed by the implications of this advertisement, which suggests an endorsement of Christianity over other forms of religion, which is expressly prohibited by both the Constitution of the United States and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
I’d also like to thank Zachary for being unafraid to call out an unethical situation like this – by name. He said emphatically that he is a proud citizen and and patriot. The more people who refuse to remain silent and turn a blind eye, the more likely we are to have these situations fixed. I hope more service members confident enough to stand up and eloquently express their disapproval like Zachary.
Keep an eye out for this trend. This must be brand new. Frankly I was hoping it was ‘just’ an unauthorized and unaffiliated scam of some sort. However, these advertisements do click through to the National Guard website. Has anybody else been seeing these advertisements?
Zachary was grooving to an old cover an older Brian Eno song when that sectarian advertisement popped up. Since we are mixing early Brian Eno and Christian concepts, I can’t help but throw Eno’s “Needle in the Camel’s Eye” from 1973’s Here Come the Warm Jets.
The title is a spin on a reference to Matthew 19:24
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Except instead of being a reference to the piety of the poor, I guess the re-tooled title is more about poking a camel’s eyeballs with a syringe. Well, it’s a good song anyway. Thanks for the head’s up Zachary, and for the trip down memory lane. Good to know I’m not the only one who likes early Eno.