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Suicide Avoidance? Consider the “BFPF!”

I was puzzled. The Facilities for Ailment Control (CDC) in Atlanta had despatched me an entire briefing e-book on suicide rates. The thick three-ring binder had data on suicide for every demographic group—from Aleuts and Ashkenazi Jews to Zuni Indians. But the figure for Black Females was significantly less than one for each one hundred,000. Could this be? I called a desk officer at CDC to find out if there was some mistake. “No error,” I was assured as the staffer on the other end of the line efficiently told me “we get in touch with it the ‘BFPF—Black Feminine Safety Factor—they’re really spiritual.”

The U.S. Federal government is aware this to be true. Or at minimum it utilised to know this in the Reagan a long time when I was tasked with learning “Suicide between Youth” for the federal education office.

If the government cannot promote religion, 1 would consider that at least the govt would not try to impede religion. (And is not that what even the Supreme Court has said?) 

Specifically, it would appear, the govt should not try to impede religion in its initiatives to avert suicide. 

But, no! The atheizers and the pink panzers of  political correctness have so cowed our armed forces that we in fact have senior officers who want to punish chaplains for the grave offense of such as spiritual and secular sources in a software for the troops seeking to avert suicide.

Does the Military want much more suicide? You have to surprise when you see the notorious steps of Col. David Fivecoat at Fort Benning, Georgia. Here’s a news report from FRC’s communications division. This is a verified report on the disciplining of a military Chaplain: 

Capt. Joseph Lawhorn, U.S. Army Chaplain at Fort Benning, participated in a mandatory suicide recognition and avoidance briefing in which he gave a presentation describing assets – the two religious and secular – that ended up obtainable for dealing with these kinds of grave mental overall health scenarios. He went more and discussed his individual struggles with melancholy, describing the religious and spiritual steps that assisted him throughout people dark times in his lifestyle.

As a consequence of the chaplain’s dialogue of his faith, he was named into his brigade commander’s business office on Thanksgiving Day. There Col. David G. Fivecoat issued Chaplain Lawhorn a Letter of Concern that is to continue to be in his staff file for the length of his keep at Fort Benning. This sort of letter can be devastating for job navy personnel and would most likely prohibit further expert progression of Chaplain Lawhorn.

We can distinction this Fort Benning colonel’s despicable motion with the courageous stance of Coastline Guard Rear Admiral Dean Lee. The admiral spoke at the Nationwide Day of Prayer lately on this extremely concern of religious methods shared with young volunteers in our armed forces who are in risk of suicide. Admiral Lee spoke truth to power. He showed undaunted braveness in the encounter of a climbing storm.

Admiral Lee probably understands the toll of suicide—and not just on the young victim’s family and fellow support members. Those of us who served in the Coastline Guard—like many initial responders—have on event been referred to as on to deal with the tragic benefits of a suicide.

I will in no way overlook obtaining to select up the physique of a “floater” who had been in the drinking water for months. I was a younger enlisted Coast Guardsman a lot more than thirty several years in the past. I can still remember the sight, the smell, the truly feel, and the appears of that bloated and crab-eaten corpse.

As vivid and unforgettable as that experience was, I am not scarred by it. That is because it was also in the Coast Guard and in that same yr that I came to religion in Jesus Christ. I thank God every single working day for that.

I hope individuals of you looking through this column will indicator FRC’s urgent petition contacting for a reversal of this cruel and unjust discipline of a courageous Army Chaplain. Be a lifesaver! 


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