It says “You can’t be all you can be if you’re dead. There are other ways to serve your country. There are other ways to get money for college. There are other ways to be all you can be. Think about it. Before you sign your life away.“
The ad was created and paid for by a Warwick student who is a member of the Bruderhof community, a Christian-based communal order in Sugar Loaf that preaches pacifism.
It seems that some parents with family members in the armed forces were unhappy with taxpayer money funding this advertisement in a student newspaper. What the exact details are, I can’t say. I scanned the newspaper article source, but now I can’t get back in without registering. I did, but the confirmation hasn’t arrived. Maybe they didn’t like the pseudo-info that I entered. If I get in I’ll post a bit more on this.
UPDATE: Okay. Here’s a clip from the original article:
Calling it a political ad with religious ties, some parents, faculty members and students say the ad undercuts those serving in the military and shouldn’t have appeared in a tax-funded public school newspaper.
Many opposed to the ad noted the school’s “Wall of Honor,” which displays photos and names of about 20 recent Warwick graduates currently serving in the military, many of whom are in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Maggie Adams, the Warwick High nurse, who has two sons who graduated from Warwick and are serving in the Marines, said she was outraged when she first saw the ad and has written a letter to the editor of The Survey.
“I understand the right to free speech and I support that. But I don’t think it’s appropriate for a school newspaper,” Adams said. “I refuse to believe what the ad says. I refuse to believe those people who choose to join the military, like my two sons, are wasting their lives.”
And a point constantly overlooked by anti-war types is noted:
Army Capt. William Bliss, in charge of recruiting at Warwick High, said the ad was misleading and the Army is exploring placing some of its own ads in The Survey.
“It’s disappointing when you see something that blatantly attacks what you do and what you believe in a school newspaper,” Bliss said. “But it’s free speech, ideas and thoughts like that, whether you agree or not, the military is fighting to protect.”
The student who created the ad and placed the order with the paper remains anonymous. He’s apparently been told that the ad will not run in future issues.
UPDATE 2: I noticed that the school’s drama club is putting on “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” next month. While the religious overtones are sure to score points with this student and the communal order (s)he belongs to, I’m wondering if the killing of the wolf attacking Lucy or the battle against the Witch’s army of monsters will be dismissed as pointless warmongering on the part of Aslan’s forces.