Feminists took issue with a couple of motivational posters hanging at Langley Air Force Base and forced their removal because of the “sexist, male-supremacist language” printed on them.
One poster features the Statue of Liberty with a squadron of fighters flying overhead and on another, the two beams representing the fallen Twin Towers at Ground Zero. Both have inspirational messages taken from a 1955 Air Force manual, according to Fox News:
"Men cannot live without faith except for brief moments of anarchy or despair,” one poster read. “Faith leads to conviction – and convictions lead to actions. It is only a man of deep convictions, a man of deep faith, who will make the sacrifices needed to save his manhood. … It is obvious that our enemy will attack us at our weakest spot. The hole in our armor is our lack of faith. We need to revive a fighting faith by which we can live, and for which we would be willing even to die.”
The National Organization for Women obviously doesn’t mind that “men” is included in its title, but they don’t like all this “manhood” talk in the posters. NOW president Terry O’Neill sent a letter to Gen. Herbert Carlisle:
The passages glorify the military’s reliance on male dominance, stating without equivocation that "It is only a man of deep convictions, a man of deep faith, who will make the sacrifices needed to save his manhood."
What message does that send to young women who currently serve, or want to serve, in the military? What do you say to the women in your command who make the same sacrifices to protect their country as do men? Is the purpose of the U.S. armed forces really to assist “only” men to make sacrifices necessary to save their “manhood?”
Here’s the best part. NOW is the second liberal entity to try and remove these posters. The first attempt was launched by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation because — get this — they believed it was an endorsement of religion. Carlisle received a message from MRFF, too:
“This message undoubtedly expresses a preference for airmen of religious faith over those who practice no religion. It not only states that men cannot even LIVE without faith, it questions the loyalty, strength, and sacrifice of non-religious airmen by stating that only men of faith are willing to make necessary sacrifices, as well as that faith is “our only safety.”
That request was easily ignored by the Air Force, but apparently it took feminists to finally bring down the posters after hanging unmolested for six years.
“This offensive propaganda must NOT be allowed to continue on display at ACC Headquarters,” NOW’s O’Neill wrote.
It worked; an Air Force spokesperson pulled out the military branch’s spine and responded: “With additional time to review all seven posters outside the narrower, primarily religious context of the original complaint about two of them, we concluded the gendered language used in the display interfered with intended messages about personal integrity.”
Women make up less than 20% of the Air Force, as PJ Media noted. Unfortunately, that doesn’t explain the lack of balls in making the right decision to keep the posters right where they belong.