This is a commission that I had done by Justin Long. The picture is based upon Arnold Friberg painting of Captain Moroni, I had Justin take that picture and modernize it and bring it into days world, but with a twist!
I am familiar with the original picture and I find that this modern adaptaion is creative and aplicable. The use of both of the Title of Liberty and Old Glory, to me, symbolise the basic prinicpals of America.
This is diabolical. A fanatic with a gun is a very very bad combination, specially when he thinks "he's called by God to do His duty". It reminds me the muslims, just put him a turban and change the US flag for an arabic one and you'll understand my point.
You do have a point, but those fanatics believe in killing anyone that thinks or believes diffrently than them. This picture is supose to symbolise those thing in which are needed to be protected against those that seek to oppress. Just like what the smaller banner says, "In memory of our god, our religon, our freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children."
I l-o-v-e this depiction of Captain Moroni and I am going to reference it quite a bit in future.
I couldn't disagree more with Khedvu's comment that, "We should be careful" about projecting timeless lessons from the scriptures into our modern age. Oh yes. Let us not offend any of those oh so tender lovers of Statism and those who "might get the wrong impression" of this wonderful piece of art.
1) Right now even as we breathe our beloved country is facing one of its greatest threats to the liberties of its people and the nations' future ability to defend those liberties from the threat of destruction by its enemies, both foreign and DOMESTIC; 2) I firmly believe the reason for this is because WE AS A PEOPLE HAVE QUITE STUPIDLY BEEN LAX AND COWARDLY in keeping alive those principles and attributes that Captain Moroni so magnificently demonstrated so long ago.
My hats' off to you sir for your fine modern depiction of Captain Moroni. It certainly lit a fire in my gut.
Why are they all pointing their weapons at Captain Moroni? That's very unsafe.
If Friberg's military paintings are not-so subtly veiled homoerotic beefcake-feasts, this is a Saturday-morning cartoon, sanitized and silly. What am I supposed to feel here? I guess I'm not patriotic enough.
Also, re: comments below, no, not all American soldiers are heroes. A hero is somebody who kills Hektor in single combat, drags his corpse behind a chariot and is talked about for thousands of years afterwards. That's a hero. I'm a combat veteran returned from Afghanistan four months ago and believe me, most of my "battle buddies" have never faced any more danger downrange than you do speeding to work in the morning.
Any infantryman worth his salt knows that for every war hero that is honored, there are hundreds--even thousands of other soldiers who die alone. Unsung and unremembered. Speaking as a medically retired Infantryman who served in OEF 10 with the 1-503, 173D ABCT, a hero is a person who is willing to fight for his country, his family and his freedom--even at the cost of his life.
Few can imagine focusing everything, sacrificing everything for a mission objective. In the words of a Navy SEAL, 'You live your life by a code--it's your shoreline; it's what gets you home. And believe me, you will want to come home.'
If there is to be disdain, it's for the man who simply cannot understand that in this life, as long as men are imperfect, selfish, flawed, and evil, there will always be tyranny, crimes, oppressed peoples, and discontent. And from these negatives, there will always be wars, and in those wars, there will always be soldiers who fight them. People who count themselves among the few who would tear the hearts out of those who would threaten the people most precious to him, rather then cower, or shield them.
If you are apart of any of uncle sam's military, I would certainly have hoped that any of your leaders (whether they are infantry or not) would have been smart enough to inspire you to live up to men who gave their lives to such noble ideals.
But no. I suppose you'll call me a brainwashed idealist. Thinking yourself above men like me who, to you, would probably be simplistic.
Well, however, "brainwashed" I might be, I would rather live knowing that I would tear the hearts out of those who threaten my loved ones and the country they live peacefully in, rather then ascribe to the pacifist, pseudo-educated word vomit that you wrote.
Man the hell up, and start acting like a soldier (if you truly are one). Otherwise, check your history before you call a gladiator a "hero."
Though I have to admit, I always find it somewhat unsettling when Book of Mormon stories are dragged into a modern American context. We have to be really careful that we don't read modern political views into an ancient text, especially because the conceptions of "liberty", "freedom", "rights" and "equality" are very different in the BoM than in the rhetoric of the United States. A good article about this subject, by LDS historian Richard Bushman (who teaches at Columbia), is here: [link] . I highly recommend it!
Epic pic. I put this in my GI Joe/Cobra folder 1. because it's military, 2. I put it in my Faith and Religion folder because of the mesage on the white flag under the Americam flag. I think EVERY SINGLE SOLDIER is a REAL AMERICAN HERO. If it were not for their sacrafices through the ages we would not have the freedoms and lugeries we do to day as a socity.