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 Husssein 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 ascending
from the World Trade Center. There were only policemen and firemen -
-underpaid civil servants who gave their all with nothing expected
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
If they want to be human shields, I say let them shield the men and
women of honesty and integrity that epitomizes 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
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 them and us 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 country.
May God bless America, the land of the free, the home of the brave
the greatest country on the face of this earth!
Beth Chapman Speech
Stand Up for America Rally