Friday, May 27, 2005

This really burns my toast!

I read this article and it makes me seethe. A non-US citizen mother is being denied membership in the American Gold Star Mothers' organization, because the organization requires US citizenship for membership.

"We can't go changing the rules every time we turn around," said Herd, the national president. "When we have problems within our organization with people not abiding by the rules, we just get it straightened out, we don't change the rules."

Well, maybe the rule is stupid.

Hopefully the Gold Star Mothers will listen to their past president, and change the rule:

A past president of the mothers' group, Dorothy Oxendine, of Farmingdale, said, "There's no discrimination in a national cemetery. There's no discrimination when they get killed side by side. So how can we discriminate against a mother?"


Blogger Elderchang said...

Agreed, that stinks.

My curiosity is piqued. I wonder how many of the 1200 members in this society are naturalized citizens?

3:50 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

This just begs the question... how many rules have they been asked to change? I mean really... are they getting daily requests for rule changes?

Yet another reason why I have to laugh when I hear women proclaiming the world would be a better place if they were in charge.

The rules for membership as a gold star mother should be... you are the mother to a soldier who has lost his/her life while on active duty. Who cares whether or not the mother is American??? It's just pettiness!

10:38 PM  
Blogger katiedid said...

I agree, that's a shame, and it reflects poorly on the organization involved, insofar as I can see. For some strange reason though, it brings to mind that old Groucho Marx chestnut: "I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."

1:06 AM  
Blogger Household6 said...

This is rather messed up. Their sons and daughters can join the military, lose their life but their mom can't join an organization that supports their child's military committment?



7:30 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I will be the "odd man out" :). I don't see why it's an issue. This is a private organization that has a right to have the rules it wants. If you don't like the rules or the way it conducts business, people are free to start their own organization.

If this Mom feels so strongly about it AND considering she's lived in this country for 20 years - she should become a US citizen.

"We decided to tell the absolute truth on the application," he said. "We put down, `I am not an American citizen.' It was a ploy to get them to reject her, and then we said they should change the rules."

Well, here's a ploy, you live here, you must like this country somewhat after living here TWENTY years - become a citizen.

Thankfully we live in a country where we are free to have our own private organizations and clubs with the rules of our own the rules or hate them, the freedom to make them is one of the basic foundations of this nation...

6:51 AM  

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