Is Respecting Those Who Died in Vain the National Religion?

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“A Facebook firestorm has erupted over a photo of a visitor ‘clowning around’ near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.” She did not obey the “Silence and Respect” sign. There should be a sign there that reads “Shouting and Outrage” over the U.S. government sending so many men to die in vain in a foreign war.

From a reader: “I’m reminded of a business trip to Beijing I took in 2007, during which our host took my group to visit Mao’s tomb. Not only was ‘silence and respect’ demanded, there was also no smiling or facial expression of any kind condoned. And I don’t mean merely inside the tomb, but all along the several-block long line. The guards actually walked the line checking.”

7:00 pm on November 21, 2012