In Littleton, Colorado, site of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, some parents object to erecting a statue of Danny Dietz, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan. The statue, based on a photo, shows Dietz in field gear carrying a rifle. The Rocky Mountain News writes in an editorial:
The protesting parents say that a sculpture depicting firearms should not be publicly displayed in areas where kids play.
Some have said a “peace memorial” should be erected instead. Others composed a letter that they’ve sent to community organizations and residents, urging them to ask the city to reconsider the location of the memorial. “In light of our community’s experience with the Columbine tragedy,” the letter reads, “and the clear message of non-violence that we teach in Littleton schools, what is our city thinking?”
Dietz was wounded on a mission to seize a Taliban leader. “Dietz and another wounded comrade stayed behind and provided enough cover fire to let another team member — the mission’s sole survivor — elude capture,” writes the Rocky Mountain News. Dietz was awarded the Navy Cross.
Danny’s widow Patsy Dietz framed the dispute just right when she urged parents “to teach their children the difference between two thugs who murder their classmates and a soldier who died fighting for their freedom.”
Surely Littleton’s children are capable of making that distinction.
Update: I find it hard to believe, but The Telegraph reports that the BBC has canceled a documentary on Private Johnson Beharry, Britain’s only living winner of the Victoria Cross, for fear of offending opponents of the Iraq War.