Not everything or everyone that comes from Chicago turns out as nefarious as Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson Jr. From the long history of city corruption to the violence and gangs that rule areas of the city, one man emerged from the city’s darkness to bring light and hope to the nation and world.
Ron DiCianni grew up on Chicago’s North Side. Instead of following the illicit paths of others from the area, Ron took up art as his hobby and profession. His work was so good, that in 1980, he was chosen as the Official Olympic Illustrator. Amongst all of his fame, Ron felt a burden to re-create artwork for the Christian church. He believed that an era of church and art had ended long ago and he desired more than anything to rekindle that relationship.
In 1989, Ron produced a work titled, Spiritual Warfare that seemed to launch a new beginning in Christian art. Several other pieces soon followed and Ron knew he was on the right path. In 1999, his painting Safely Home, was named as one of the top 50 paintings of the year by a secular magazine.
I looked at some of his artwork and he is amazing. One of my favorite pieces is The Resurrection Mural which stands 12 feet high and 40 feet wide. It was commissioned by the Museum of Biblical Arts located in Dallas.
One of Ron’s other masterpieces is his Heroes Series, which was inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks. The series consists of 5 different paintings depicting various groups of responders that Ron believes are heroes. The paintings in the series are: (Please read the description and meaning behind each piece.)
- Blessed Are the Peacemakers – devoted to law enforcement.
- Chariots of Fire – devoted to our military men and women.
- No Greater Love – devoted to fireman.
- Praying for Peace – devoted to our nation’s leaders.
- The Good Samaritan – devoted to paramedics and EMTs.
No one seems to know how or why, but Ron’s painting Blessed Are the Peacemakers found its way to the dining hall of Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. No one seemed to mind the painting hanging in the mess hall until shortly after anti-Christian crusader Mikey Weinstien met with top military leaders at the Pentagon. After his visit, the Pentagon escalated their war on Christianity in the military. Note here that they have waged war against anything Christian in the military, not anything Muslim.
Last week, Ron DiCianni’s print Blessed Are the Peacemakers, was removed from the base dining hall because it was deemed too offensive to be displayed on a US Air Force base. When Ron learned of the removal, he was shocked and deeply saddened. Ron has tried repeatedly to contact the base in Idaho, largely to make sure that the painting is not destroyed, but no one at base has been interested in speaking to him.
“[It’s regrettable] to see the apparent hostility of Pentagon leadership to a message that is clearly in keeping with the foundation of this country and the Air Force — and whose communication is clearly protected by the First Amendment. The military is an embodiment of the ultimate peacemaker, a pursuit blessed in Scripture. It would seem this is a message that the Air Force should be willing to foster, not censor.”
Apparently, a non-Christian airman complained about the painting in an email complaint to the base. The email read:
“I have been extremely disturbed and shocked by a clearly Christian picture of religious supremacy very prominently hanging in the dining facility of our Air Force Base. I and countless other Airmen were forced to look at this ‘Crusader/USAF’ painting while we ate.”
Following the complaint, that also stated that 21 other individuals took issue with the painting. Mikey Weinstein, Founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), referred to the painting as being repugnant and an overt display of Christian nationalism. Christians at the base need to start sending in their complaints that they are offended by the removal of the painting and religious discrimination being expressed by fellow airmen and the Pentagon.
According to a senior researcher for MRFF, the base wing commander informed Weinstein that he would launch another full base inspection to rid his base of any other religious items on display.
It seems our military leaders at the Pentagon are taking their marching orders from anti-Christian crusader Mikey Weinstein. In so doing, they are violating the First Amendment rights of free speech and religion of every member of the Armed Forces. Apparently they have forgotten that America’s first military leader, Gen George Washington had a daily habit of praying alone for an hour every morning and again every evening, even in the heart of battle. When he was elected to be the nation’s first president, he thanked God for His providence and declared that it was God that gave America the victory over Great Britain as they could not have done it without Him.
Thousands of our military servicemen have died protecting our constitutional right of freedom of religion and speech. Now our military servicemen are having those rights illegally stripped from them. Unless Christians rise up to help and support our servicemen and women, they will lose all of their rights.
Please contact your Representatives and Senators and demand that they take action to protect the constitutional rights of our military. Take time, also to contact Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and demand he stop infringing on the constitutional rights of our servicemen. You can actually contact him at 703-692-7100.
Our military lay down their lives to protect us. It’s about time we do something to protect them.