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  1. Profile photo of SaintPatty
    SaintPatty Male 18-29
    970 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:26 am
    Link: A Note From A Dead Soldier To His Daughter - I think I got something in my eye--shut up!
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    grapehead Male 18-29
    408 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:32 am
    dawww.. She had a great dad :( its too bad she won`t have him while she grows up as well.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
    5414 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:35 am
    Could`ve been better without that `God` rubbish. More like, just kept in the `Dad to daughter` stuff.
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    Mikeado Male 18-29
    2159 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:37 am
    There`s a spelling mistake in the third line. LAME.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
    4006 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:38 am
    How did he write this? GHOSTS!
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
    2619 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:39 am
    You can tell "mom" wrote that
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    Plague555 Male 18-29
    553 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:41 am
    I grew up with no father. The feelings expressed through the letter are not understood by me.
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    ShadowDD13 Male 18-29
    260 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:43 am
    thats really sweet... and really sad, prayers to him and his family
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    ShadowDD13 Male 18-29
    260 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:44 am
    wow, more non-nice individual comments then i expected, wtf people
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    SorasNobody Male 13-17
    80 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:45 am
    Is that dad actually dead? Or is this just what-if note?
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    flingspoo Female 18-29
    999 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:45 am
    Makes me wish my dad had died and left me that sweet note instead of just being an ashole. I think a bee stung me in my eye :(
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    Birdfather Male 18-29
    346 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:49 am
    Wow, some of you are so critical...8BitHero...Criticizing a dead guy for expressing his faith to his daughter in a letter? Really?
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
    8bitlamo is a drating rooster.
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    Twist13 Male 70 & Over
    607 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:52 am
    Here is the link to his wife`s blog with the original post of the letter to his daughter and the letter he wrote for his wife as well.

    Letters to wife and daughter
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    c0sm0aut Female 18-29
    68 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:55 am
    Yep Gramatical error... Fail
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    mysticalrose Female 18-29
    158 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 11:59 am
    My sister just died 4 months ago in a car accident, leaving her 17 month old son an orphan. She left him no letter, but her last words to my parents were `Take care of my son.` I`d like to believe that given the chance, she would have written him something like this.
  17. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    Depressing to see just how many callous heart-less wankers we have here at IAB, Seriously.

    It takes a real ninth degree douchebag to criticize a father`s last letter to his daughter, as some of you have, Those that did should be ashamed.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14620 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    Message to mother in law: Wish you were here!
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
    2080 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Having two daughters, that was pretty rough to get through. Yes, it got something in my eye. (Damn allergies)
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    wheresmyskul Male 40-49
    247 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    CrakrJak and the others who spoke up...thank you. To those who have made disparaging remarks about this post, I suggest you go take long walk off a short pier. The rest of us do not need you around. Go away, and suck your thumbs while you think you`ve got it all figured out. Morons. Losers.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    Thats sad
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    madest Male 40-49
    7378 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    I agree with 8bit. Why lie to your kid about some special place you aren`t? I`m sure this guy is capable of writing a touching letter that doesn`t praise the invisible man in the sky. Now the kid will grow up cursing God for not protecting her Daddy. Shameful nonsense.
  23. Profile photo of Spocom
    Spocom Female 13-17
    709 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    Aw that`s the cutest, prettiest baby! My heart would melt if I saw her smile too!
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    insanoflex Male 18-29
    17 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    8bit and madest, you are both idiots. the man is dead and wrote a beautiful letter to his daughter that will never get to know him and all you pick out is your dumbass opinion about god and heaven. you guys are pathetic
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    xtkm1x Male 13-17
    432 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    Madest - I think if I heard you say that in person I`d hit you square across the face with every last bit of strength i could possibly muster. Have some respect. Maybe he`s religious and finds peace in his religion. Maybe that`s how he wants to relay this message to his daughter that won`t have a father for the rest of her life. Instead of criticizing this message you could just mind your own business and let this father write to his daughter that he`ll never see again.
  26. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    xtkm1x: Couldn`t have said it better myself.
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    IGORED Male 18-29
    84 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    wow. That was beautiful. i dont have a father but i am one. i cried a lil. God Bless. for those with no faith in any thing other then ego,your own ideals do not matter to those with religious beliefs any more than ours to yours. not every one has to be Christian Muslim Jewish Buddhist and so on but those who are not should (most people dont make fun except trolls) at least have enough dignity to not make light of a man who sacrificed his life for you.
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    blounsb999 Male 40-49
    183 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    Whether you agree or disagree with the letter doesn`t matter, it`s not about you or your beliefs, it`s about this family`s beliefs. We are all entitled to our respective opinions Personally, the grammar sticks out more to me, but I am willing to let that slide, and I bet the daughter would too.
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    DShephard Male 18-29
    1595 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    @madest

    I Highly doubt that his daughter would do such a thing.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Title should have been "ode to terrible parenting".

    Not only has this guy thrown his life away, despite the fact that he had a wife and kid - a decent life it looks like, but he`s also indoctrinating his daughter from beyond the grave.

    Is there any chance this kid is not going to grow up to be another fundamentalist after seeing this every day?

    To those who have made disparaging remarks about this post, I suggest you go take long walk off a short pier.
    In other words, if you disagree... die. It`s funny how quickly you people jump to anger. Good thing it won`t get you anywhere.
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    Ska_Machine Male 13-17
    153 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    "how very much YOUR daddy loves you"
    spelling mistake, tsk tsk
    g2g going to hell
  32. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
    7378 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    Well what is she supposed to think? Her almighty God allowed her dad to die? Now he`s in a perpetual state of euphoria, away from his family, where only people who believed in Daddies version of the fairy tale are allowed? It brings up too much nonsense that could be avoided by merely telling the truth.
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    canusuck Male 30-39
    790 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    How depressing for a guy to write a letter potentially knowing he may not come back alive. I honestly can`t think of anything worth dying for besides my family, for sure not my country.
    "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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    yoda141 Male 18-29
    266 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    How sad, to waste your only message to your daughter in talking about an invisible man in the sky.
  35. Profile photo of canusuck
    canusuck Male 30-39
    790 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    Here is a link to blog from a cancer patient that passed away that he wrote prior to his death Derek Miller I found this very moving and touching. His views are much more in line with a typical IAB`er.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    @Madest: You`re a dick for questioning his faith. It is HIS not YOURS. If he believes it, why shouldn`t he share it?

    I bet you also support the family of the genderless kid too. That`s not any different.
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
    3061 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    just because some of you who posted are faithless, anti-religion, or feel like getting a rise out of people, some things are best left unsaid. i`ve got friends and people i graduated with fighting overseas and i thank GOD that i haven`t had to go to their funerals. so why don`t y`all think about it before posting. i`m guilty as charged about posting crass or off color comments, but nothing that deals with people coping with the loss of a family member.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11741 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    I can`t understand how people can have kids and go off to a job like that where there`s a good chance they won`t return. It isn`t fair to the spouse, but especially to the kids. Wait until you`ve served your time to have kids or don`t enlist.
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    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
    1081 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    What a terrible time to make a typo.
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    Oh, F*ck you madest. This guy died, left a touching letter to his daughter, and you start spouting some sh*t about faith?

    If theres one thing I hate more than people arguing over religious bullpoo, it`s people attacking their beliefs for any reason whatsoever. Grow up.
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    human_exile Male 13-17
    875 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    "...how very much you Daddy loves you..."


    *your daddy
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    krisley Male 18-29
    525 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    madest.... really?

    Anyway, it`s fun to argue about wars where to send troops or not send troops, and how evil the other side is, until you remember that on BOTH sides there are real people like this dying.
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    EntrE Male 18-29
    535 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    well why would you be a soldier anyway? If you sign up for this BS then it`s your own fault. now your daughter has to grow up without her father. what an idiot
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    wheresmyskul Male 40-49
    247 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm
    From canusuck: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." --Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    "The wisdom of men is as foolishness to God" --God
    "Trust in the Lord, and lean not on your own understanding"--God
  45. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    Is Lucius Annaeus Seneca still alive? No?

    God is.

    Seems he was wrong.
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    wheresmyskul Male 40-49
    247 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    You said it yourself, freddyferret, with your first three words: "I can`t understand..."

    Understand this: There is much that each of us doesn`t understand about others` beliefs, convictions, or what they dedicate themselves to. It is exactly those three words of yours that should prompt you to STFU.
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    Reganom Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    well why would you be a soldier anyway? If you sign up for this BS then it`s your own fault. now your daughter has to grow up without her father. what an idiot

    Why would someone be a police officer? Why would someone be a fireman?
  48. Profile photo of basketkase
    basketkase Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    everyone who is talking poo about this mans belief in god has no clue what their talking about. you have no idea what it feels like to know you can die at anytime. this man can believe whatever he wants and he can tell his child whatever he wants. hes not telling your kid what to do. you guys are lucky he was willing to fight for your freedom becuase your a bunch of pussies.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    @Canusuck: "I haven`t gone to a better place, or a worse one. I haven`t gone anyplace, because Derek doesn`t exist anymore."

    How does he KNOW this? He wrote this before he died.

    Atheist falsehoods from beyond the grave.
  50. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    Why would someone become a police officer? Because it`s the perfect job for a bully.
    Why would someone become a fireman?
    Because people who like to play with fire, need jobs too.
  51. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    @madest: SO are you saying the world doesn`t need Police? Would you feel safe if all the police quit tomorrow?
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    lastapplepie Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    this makes me sad how can you be willing to kill and die for your country with a family who would do the same for you
  53. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    I`d be fine with that. But I know there are people who need the police that are less fortunate than I. Too many videos on youtube show abusive police and too many innocent men have been convicted or killed by these government sanctioned criminals.
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    Silly soldier. There`s no heaven.
  55. Profile photo of canusuck
    canusuck Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm
    @Auburnjunky-Because he is someone that understands his mortality and the "circle of life". How ever much we wish to privilege ourselves with some greater purpose, we are still just animals and destined for the same finality as my pet dog or tree in my yard. Unfortunate but true. People don`t find solace in that so we make up alternatives. Not Derek, he saw it for what it was, I am glad you read the link though:)
  56. Profile photo of Reganom
    Reganom Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    Too many videos on youtube show abusive police and too many innocent men have been convicted or killed by these government sanctioned criminals.

    Youtube being a fair representation of reality after all...

    How many people are wrongly convicted by a police officer, as far as i know a conviction requires courts.
  57. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    I can accept that canusuck. Very well done.

    @Madest: Soooo. No order = chaos. You`d rather have chaos? Seriously just asking.
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    basketkase Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    you wont die for your country because you dont believe in anything bigger or more important than yourself
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    dante8o Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    Wait... so all police officers are bullies and all firemen are arsonist?
  60. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    I know right Dante?
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm
    A note from a dead soldier? More like a note from a mother who wrote it in an attempt to make her husband look good.

    Call me cold hearted, w/e. This is fact.
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    shortsagitar Female 18-29
    676 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    Wow. You guys are kind of jerks. What if he had written the extact same letter but had died of cancer instead of being a soldier. Seriously. Who cares if he`s religious, or if he "signed up to die" as some of you have said. He wants his daughter to know how much he loves her.
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    KidGixxer Male 30-39
    182 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    @madest
    Police that abuse the law are the same as Terrorists.

    In that, They probably are not even one percent of the total population, but that`s all everyone thinks of when you mention them.
  64. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    "This is fact."

    You know this how?
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    Jayessey Female 13-17
    36 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    Yeah, I started tearing up at this. </3
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    bellaboo13 Female 13-17
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    June 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    thats so beautiful. and you jackas ses have to make this into something negative? good job.
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    Turf_Moor Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    "I want you to know how very much you daddy"

    FAIL
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    Call me cold hearted, w/e. This is fact.

    he could have wrote it in preparation before he left. hell, he could still be alive for all you know. sure the mother could have wrote it after the fact, but his mother or even his sibling could have wrote it as well. im not going to call you cold hearted, just an idiot.
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    Sheilakh Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    Man, I`m crying because my mom read me Good Night Moon when I was a kid.
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    RyanF701 Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    "
    A note from a dead soldier? More like a note from a mother who wrote it in an attempt to make her husband look good.
    "

    Yeah, because, there`s no way anyone would write anything JUST IN CASE they died in a place where bullets are always flying.

    Are you retarded? I`m asking a serious question, are you? At least it would give you an excuse.
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    tgeorges711 Female 30-39
    13 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    Most , if not all, soldiers make a "If I don`t come back" packet for their families if they don`t make it.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm
    @madest - o_O

    Dude, those are some seriously odd beliefs in humanity. I suppose next you would have us believe that all teachers are pedophiles, and everyone in construction work has issues with penile functioning.
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    Madest, please say your joking? We`d be better without a police force? REALLY? Your not trying to wind us up?

    But yeah, I guess the few videos of dick cops on youtube make the rest 683396 US cops just as bad.
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    agp209 Male 18-29
    37 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    "Most , if not all, soldiers make a "If I don`t come back" packet for their families if they don`t make it."

    I served in Iraq and im pretty sure noone in my unit made one. Id like to know your source for this info.
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    wheresmyskul Male 40-49
    247 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    @canusuck: I`m going to correct your statement here. My corrections are in capitals and in parentheses:

    Because (I THINK) he is someone that (THINKS HE) understands his mortality and the "circle of life". (I THINK THAT) How ever much we wish to privilege ourselves with some greater purpose, (I`m CONVINCED)we are still just animals and destined for the same finality as my pet dog or tree in my yard. (I THINK THIS IS)Unfortunate but true. (I THINK)People don`t find solace in that so (I THINK)we make up alternatives. Not Derek, (I`M THINKING)he saw it for what (HE THOUGHT) it was, I am glad you read the link though:)

    Seriously, dude. I hear liberals, atheists, non-believers, whomever, accuse conservatives and religious people of being close-minded. Perhaps that is true, but based on your post that I just put into the proper perspective, WHO is close-minded?
  76. Profile photo of Deviros
    Deviros Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    @agp209 - I was in Iraq too, and most of my unit (at least those who had families) wrote at the very least a letter, others put together whole packets to be shipped in the event of the worst.
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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Posts like this melt my heart. And you people on the message board make me lose faith in humanity.
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    antagonizer Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    @wheresmyskul

    I`m certain everyone that read canusuck`s post realized that it was simply his perspective, except you of course, but thank you for censoring it in your christian way. That too was enlightening.
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    insanoflex Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    @madest is quite possibly the dumbest person on the face of the planet. you sir are the reason this world has problems. jackass
  80. Profile photo of insanoflex
    insanoflex Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    one more thing. you are everything that people like me strive to make up for on this earth
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    _kiersten_ Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    What? No. That isn`t a tear in my eye...Some dust just got in there |:
  82. Profile photo of canusuck
    canusuck Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    @wheresmyskul-to be fair, we have read different books or even the same (Bible) and have come to separate conclusions....you still see the world through the Burka of religion and haven`t opened yourself to other (more likely) conclusions-enjoy your time in the Matrix if it makes you feel better and helps you sleep at night-religion aside, I bet this letter provides more comfort and relief than any book out there:)
  83. Profile photo of malikymoo
    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    aww no. what a shame, at least she has this lovely note
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    wheresmyskul Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    @antagonizer: Look up the meaning of the word "censor", then get back to me.
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    Phantomz Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    i teared up... but how did he know he was going to die?
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    antagonizer Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    @wheresmyskul "Look up the meaning of the word "censor", then get back to me."

    Ya I thought about the use of the word before posting then I asked myself; `when there`s a meat shot on tv, do they remove the junk, or add the black bar?`
    That`s when I realized that editing for content is censorship too. You changed the meaning to suit YOU. How else would you have me classify it?
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    lilpyrodrgn Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    the father passed away last year. you can read the mother`s blog here

    its so disappointing to see the insensitive comments on here but im glad to see so many have stood up for the fathers letter.
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    T-Marley Male 70 & Over
    602 posts
    June 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm
    Goodness, I thought there was a reason other then this stupid meep rape-you-with-advertisements and share button duplication bar on IAB...My first post read in months and the same age old argument.

    No respect for the fallen, no respect for differing beliefs, trolls, and people who claim to know what no one can.

    "Anyone who claims to know with certainty from whence we came, and whither we go to when we die is trying to sell you something."

    That applies to you atheists as well!
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    Snipermonkey Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm
    @Phantomz

    I just got back from Iraq a few months ago and I can tell you that almost everyone going over there has a letter like that written to their family. Some people say it`s morbid but in the very possible chance that something happened to me I`d want to be able to give my small kids at least a little something to remember me by.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm
    @insanoflex, Look man, Sorry you think I suck so bad but this father set his child up for either a rude awakening or giant let-down. Minus the grammatical errors, Dad had a good sentiment that he could have conveyed without the fairy tale flourishes. It comes down to what do you want in your child. Someone is a smart critical thinker or someone who believes that prayer will make everything better?
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    T-Marley Male 70 & Over
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm
    Madest, since when were the two mutually exclusive?

    Basically you are saying atheists are smart and religious people are dumb, however I have met dumb atheists and smart religious people in my life. It is not an "either/or". Maybe he wants his daughter to be a critical thinker who can grow up to make her own decisions about religion regardless of what her father thought? You can`t speak for his wishes, only against his beliefs.

    I doubt that this letter superimposed on a picture is going to be the sole shaping document in her life.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm
    :)
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    JoshT Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm
    I`m in no way religious myself, but surely if her father was religious her mother will also be religious or have shared similar views as her husband, so the daughter will receive a christian upbringing regardless. What`s wrong with him sharing his faith in his letter if his daughter will hear about God from her mother?

    I think anyone ripping on this is insensitive at the very least. Why can`t it just be taken for what it is? A letter from father to daughter?
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    madest Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    Why leave her a document that could lead her on a life of following a fairy tale? Think about it. The last note she has from Dad is all about God. "She`s Gods gift". "Daddy`s in heaven smiling down at her". That she must "always remember to say her prayers" and no matter what happens it`s God`s plan.. So much gobbledygook for a kid to absorb to an extent where God`s plan was for her to grow up fatherless. She could very well resent God for being such a dick.
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    T-Marley Male 70 & Over
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    June 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm
    Madest, it is a fairy tale in your eyes. Not theirs. They *know* there is a god just like you *know* there isn`t one. After we both die we will find out who is right, but we won`t be able to tell anyone about it. Until then everything anyone says from either side is just conjecture, so why fight them on it?

    Do you think it is your mission to "Save" all the Christians out there? If so, how does that make you any better than an evangelical trying to "save" all the heathens from a fiery death?

    When two mules believe strongly that they should go opposite directions, your plow isn`t going anywhere.

    Believing or not believing will not bar her from leading a full and successful life. It won`t stop her from curing cancer, being an astronaut, doctor, millionaire, or politician. Why do you care so much?
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    AngryYouth Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    @Madest I find it humorous that you would comdemn someone else for poor grammar in a post that has multiple grammatical errors. If you are such a superior writer, why don`t you write with perfect grammar in every post you make? After all, it should be effortless for you.

    The father`s letter prescribes a good outlook on life for her daughter to live by. A positive attitude can take a person far in life.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    T-Marley. The Bible is a book written by man. 2000yo uneducated man at that.
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    T-Marley Male 70 & Over
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    June 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm
    Madest that isn`t an answer to any of the four questions I asked! The bible isn`t everyone`s basis for a belief in God, in fact I haven`t mentioned it once. Atheism is a decision that a man comes to. Using your argument, whether a man tells me there is a god, or there isn`t, it`s still coming from a man who is flawed in some way. And if that decision comes to you internally, then who are you to oppose it?

    Preaching is preaching regardless of your source or convictions. But like I said, it is diatribe like this that made me stop checking this site in the first place, so I will digress. To each his own and people really seem to enjoy slinging mud around here, so who am I to stop them!
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    funnehkitteh Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    i`m a anti-theist and want to abolish religion all together, BUT this really did make me sad for the girl, religion will keep her life on track even if she is oblivious to the truth, i don`t mind. everyone deserves to be happy right?
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    zeegrr Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm
    And remember,It was god who let your Daddy die!.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm
    i teared up... but how did he know he was going to die?

    He wouldn`t have been the first soldier to write a "give this to <insert person here> if I die" letter. If you`re going into war zones, it`s something you give some thought to.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    Criticizing a dead guy for expressing his faith to his daughter in a letter? Really?

    Well, personally I wouldn`t want to use my death to coerce someone into religion or lack thereof. It doesn`t seem right to me, to use their feelings for me, strengthened by me being dead, as a tool to lever them into it. It`s hard enough to go against a living parent`s faith, but much harder to go against a dead parent`s faith when they tell you that you must go along with it forever.

    Those of you wishing death on the unbelievers and all that lovely stuff, consider this:

    If the letter was from an atheist telling their child to not believe in any god *and that they must keep stating that they don`t believe in any god, every day*, would you criticise them for doing so?

    Bet you would.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Hey Angilion, Not as batcrap crazy as I thought.
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    June 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm
    Holy crap that looks a lot like my dad. o_o
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    Ontario Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    What if he didn`t die? this would of been useless :P
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    SarahColleen Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Its very sweet. And although he wrote it "in case I dont come back" what happens if he comes back, forgets this is up in the attic, and the girl later finds it as a teen? Will it still be heartwarming or creepy.
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    TheRaevyn Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    Hiii Angilion *waves*

    Cute picture. Not sure about the message.
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    AngryYouth Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    I need to know if he actually died or not.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    @TMarley: Madest ducked you.
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    l1nd5mar13 Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm
    @AngryYouth
    he did die. :( Read
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    Funneh Kitteh, in a way summarized my feelings on the matter. Where death is concerned especially, if all a person has left is faith that they may again be reunited with someone they lost tragically, it is inhuman to try to take that away from them.

    And the more comments I see from non-nice individuals on the internet, the more I am in favor of abolishing any aspect of internet anonymity.
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    Arandanos Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm
    Maybe he just wrote in case he didn`t come back, he died in action and his wife then printed it on top of a picture and ;_; aw
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    phirephoto Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm
    I believe this is legit... Link
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    Kernel Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm
    That is heart wrenching.

    LETS DEBATE RELIGION GUYS.
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    CreamK Male 40-49
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    June 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm
    " am in heaven".. "say your prayers".. "count your blessings"? That last one hit me hard, this guy, allthough warm hearted individual was on a crusade. Crusade for christian hypocrisy for control of resources, which is has been the case in the last millenia. How can she count her blessing from God when that same God was the reason her dad died? It`s not a fault of these individuals but to celebrate the useless death of her father? Bring the boys back home, you don`t effing own that country, you had now business there in the first place. I feel so bad for her when her dad died in vain. What would you do if some great force comes and steals your country? Have you got any decent reason to stay n the middle east? Osaman deas, Saddam is dead and wasn`t they the ones you were after?

    Or was it oil?

    @Silverthread: Non-nice individuals=you don`t like em, therefore they have no rights.
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    OmgZelda Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    ;-;
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    FemBot Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    I can sense how sad this is. I wish I could care about it more.
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    samidoll Female 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm
    i feel bad for the people who see this and aren`t moved a little. there has to be something really missing if you can`t be touched by a father`s love for his daughter. i don`t think this was meant to stir up a debate about war, religion, or anything. honestly, it made me want to call my dad.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm
    "when that same God was the reason her dad died?"

    Why does it have to be God that killed him? God doesn`t step in and change mortal situations. If it was his time to go, it was his time. Maybe his passing will strengthen that girl`s faith.
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    Oldfrt Male 50-59
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    June 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm
    Wow @CreamK, tell us how you REALLY feel. Just be sure that your tin foil hat is on securely.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm
    Can`t hold it in: F*ck sake, you guys are a bunch of arseholes sometimes. I`m talking to guys I usually agree with here.

    Let me preface this by saying that I`m an outspoken atheist, even anti-theist, (growing up in Northern Ireland will do that to you), but seriously guys, what the f*ck.

    It`s a dead father`s message to his daughter which he left. Or maybe it was written by her mom after he died. Or maybe it`s just a troll post written by a neckbeard. Who cares, the sentiment was beautiful and very stirring. I welled up reading it.

    Look, soldiers die, and leave loved ones behind. Sometimes for the wrong reasons, but that`s for the people to send to war to answer for. Get angry at them, not the guys and girls on the ground trying to do what they think is right for their country and their family.

    Sorry Madest, I know it`s not very professional to call out work colleagues openly, but you, my friend, on this occassion, are just being a dick.

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    IrishJesus Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm
    REALLY PEOPLE? This is tragic! I will definitely side with the Christians on this one: He was saying goodbye to his very young daughter. The man died. His message is incredibly sad, but I`m very happy he left it for her. Please, for the love of whatever you pray to, don`t make this into your personal excuse to bash religion. I`m agnostic, but this is very moving to me. Your thick-headed insults towards a dead man`s goodbye sicken me.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm
    He definitely won`t reply now.

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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm
    @davymid/ thank you, anybody that wants to turn something like this into a religious debate or your own personal soap box needs to just shut the f*ck up! If any of you have kids at home then you should be choked up by this. What the f*ck is wrong with you people. God, no God, different God it doesnt matter we are all just f*cking normal people.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    June 1, 2011 at 11:58 pm
    @madest/ you are clearly an angry lonely little person and that has nothing to do with religion
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    r66tramp Male 40-49
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    June 2, 2011 at 12:36 am
    Angillion: "Well, personally I wouldn`t want to use my death to coerce someone into religion..."

    I too dig your sentiment, well said Chappy! and madest too.

    BUT daddy may have been even more religious than Mom? Who knows? This could be an understatement?
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 1:53 am
    typo on the third line is killing me.
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    jamesboxy Male 30-39
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    June 2, 2011 at 1:57 am
    That`s an clever advertisement for God.
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 2:15 am
    It`s not something I would say to the family, as it would be a little insensitive to point out, but it is coercive in it`s religious message. As I was reading it, I thought of exactly what Angillion pointed out: her dead father is leaving her a religious message. She is probably going to want to cling to anything that brings her closer to the father she never really knew. She is also going to want to follow the wishes of said dead father. The letter he left is a powerful piece of religious propaganda.

    And as much of a jerk as I`m going to sound like saying this, her father`s a jerk for doing it. My parents are vaguely religious, but they always told me that I had the right to decide what I believed in. They never once forced their religious beliefs on me.
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 2:15 am
    (cont.)
    They told me that I had to make up my own mind about what I wanted to believe (both in terms of religion and other sorts of belief)and that the only criteria was that I had to be able to defend those beliefs. To force blind belief on your child is wrong and damaging to the rational mind of the child.
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    Somethindark Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 2:51 am
    Hmm interesting note this. On a certain level I agree with people saying there`s some religious propaganda in here but...
    Maybe her father wrote the note while he knew he would die, people (even atheist) often feel a need to cling on to an idea of "God" when they know they will die, perhaps he just needed to write all that stuff to keep the faith alive in himself.
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    BUCK8407 Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 5:57 am
    Hey green batman, you are a jerk, i would venture to even say that you`re absolute non-nice individual, way to miss the whole point of the letter and focus in on the fact that this man who gave his life for his country so that other people in the world can have the freedom to be as much of an non-nice individual as you are. This is the one thing that his daughter who will never know him will be able to look at when she wants to think of daddy. Get off your liberal high horse and thank this man for doing something that you`re too much of a baby to do. Its people like you who make it harder for people like me to serve this country. OORAH! Sleep peacefully brother, you need not worry any more im carrying your pack now.
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    43mike Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 6:00 am
    There are a few people here that are misinformed. First, death letters are fairly common in war. The idea is that 99% of a soldier`s correspondence is menial crap. You don`t want your father to remember your last words to him as "Sure, let Kev borrow my car while I`m over here." So you write a death letter and give it to a buddy to hold onto and you hold onto his. It`s a pretty common practice. I did it in Iraq. It`s not creepy or morbid. It`s practical.

    For those of you who are anti war. We`re not going to see things from your perspective. You`re not going to see things from ours. Leave it at that. We think we`re fighting for a higher ideal. You think we just get off by killing people for oil. Agree to disagree.

    The same goes for religion. I`m an atheist. Yes, there are atheists in foxholes, but I have no problem with a guy imparting his religion to his daughter with his last letter. If you want to impart atheism with yours, rock on. That`s no one`s busines
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    Beardofzeus Male 30-39
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    June 2, 2011 at 6:15 am
    Stop flaming this. It`s quite a touching and personal insight that we`ve been given. Parents will ALWAYS pass their beliefs on to their children, be they religious, racial, rational, or irrational, but we all have our own minds and can use the information we have to make our own conclusions. Although a bit mushy, this post did soften my cruel black heart for just a second.
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    abrxax Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 6:34 am
    That man is not forcing religion on his daughter. He is imparting faith. Religion is a political system. Faith is Faith. I do not support religion, I support faith. Arguing over faith in whatever is nothing more then the sign of someone who is weak in their convictions. That man died for his convictions. I doubt that there are many people here that would. Just because someone believes in god does not make them stupid or ignorant. The same goes for atheists. A persons actions define their character. Not their faith.
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    ATL1EN Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 6:44 am
    Everyone with somethign bad to say about this can go to the middle east and get shot by a rebel.
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 7:12 am
    Blah blah blah lets all flame about religion.
    You guys are dicks.
    People are dying over there every day and all you
    can care to type is about what religion he has.
    F*ck you.
    The whole damn war was about what f*cking religion people have.
    If you can`t type something reasonably intelligent, don`t type it.
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    ZsaZsaGoar Female 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 7:26 am
    I`m not religious at all but sometimes faith is just knowing someone loves you. At least now his daughter will have that and it`ll get her through those hard times when her dad can`t be there for her. It`s sad seeing what people give up trying to protect people, many who won`t appreciate it.
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    stonker Male 40-49
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    June 2, 2011 at 7:55 am
    Probably needed an outer glow or drop shadow on that font.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    June 2, 2011 at 8:35 am
    Yep, Daddy and God will be watching you. There is no hiding from our prying eyes. You better pray to God or else we`ll witness the failure you are. But we love you. WE ARE WATCHING!!!
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 9:24 am
    It`s nice that he prepared something for his kids in case the worst happened.
    Makes me sad though, thinking about him sitting there with the pen, thinking about what to write, hoping the whole time his daughter never has to read it.
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
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    June 2, 2011 at 10:18 am
    My older sister in the Canadian military thankfully came back safe from a stint on the Afghan frontlines; IF there is a god, I WOULD actually be thankful to said god she came back safe but IF there is not a god... I AM STILL THANKFUL SHE CAME BACK SAFE. Here`s my food for thought for everyone:
    I have (thankfully!) lived my life without my psychotic sociopath of a father (who is very religious, which is one reason I am not)... everyone with a sweet, cool, loving father like this (religious or otherwise!) should count their blessings and enjoy it while they can.
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    dramaeco Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 10:25 am
    Wow, that`s enough to wrench a few tears out of the ol` cry holes.
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    DJDoubleb Male 30-39
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    June 2, 2011 at 10:32 am
    @madest: Top notch troll dude. 6 pages, that`s excellent.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 10:43 am
    :*(
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    Satkela Female 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    @bob: well said my friend.
    @madest: Is someone having a bad day today?
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm
    @BUCK8407: You`re making quite an assumption about me. I`m not a liberal, or at least not a liberal in the modern sense of the term. I am a libertarian. I think that the man was brave to give his life, even if I don`t fully agree with our reasons for going to war. I think it`s sad that he died. I think it`s good that his daughter will have something to remember him by. I simply think that he shouldn`t be forcing his beliefs on his child. The fact that he sacrificed his life for his country doesn`t give him a free pass to indoctrinate his child.
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    RobertE92 Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    Ooh, everybody`s very touchy on the topic of religion today aren`t they, well rather than post my opinion on it, all I`ll say is, at least he left something for his daughter in case he didn`t come back, so that she would have some connection with the dad she never knew, that must have been the hardest thing her dad ever had to write.
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    Zymotical Male 18-29
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    June 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    TLDR
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    marc_555 Male 13-17
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    June 3, 2011 at 12:16 am
    What madest needs to realise is that his fudging views aren`t set in stone!

    Perhaps you could leave us to formulate our own views in stead of imposing your single minded middle aged stuck in my ways kind of view.

    The day you die, you`ll be praying to god for some kind of saviour. And I hope he spits in your face.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    June 3, 2011 at 1:46 am
    jeez, mood killer.
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    puppies04 Male 18-29
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    June 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Never forget, god knows what is best for you... that is why i am dead because he decided you have to grow up without a daddy.
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    lazerdude Male 13-17
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    June 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    made me cry...
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    durdikkimeng Male 50-59
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    June 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    Got to be careful about this.
    The words and the picture are overlaid one on the other. Can anyone identify the man and child in the picture? Is this a fallen soldier or someones postman? Or just a hijacked photo put up on the web?
    Would you put up something so personal?
    To me it just feels wrong.
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    YugureKage Female 18-29
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    June 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    I agree durdikkimeng, but maybe we are just private people? I mean, it does seem like it could be fake. I suppose the message is all that is important? It is a very sweet message, regardless of the authenticity. And I am sure it speaks to many who have lost loved ones this forsaken world of ours.
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    June 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm
    For those who are questioning authenticity view:
    http://www dot thehighdefinite dot com/2011/05/dear-kiley-my-sweetie/

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