Mary Grabar

Codes of honor are absent from atheistic ideologies and a certain parallel exists between the soldiers of the communist revolutions and their ideological kin, the men of the sexual revolution. Intent only on their own rights and freedoms, they have essentially left women and children to their own devices. Whatever it takes to fulfill their own immediate sexual needs is presented as a right, not only for themselves, but also, and quite ingeniously, for women. This is the “right” to have unencumbered sex regardless of the effect on children, in these cases, children whose lives are ended before they are born. Both camps strive for a worker’s paradise of presumed “equality.”

Yet, these same people are critical of our brave men fighting in the Middle East and are quick to pounce on an anomalous infraction, even before it is proven. From the Vietnam War on, they have been quick to cast their own countrymen as murderous rapists. John Kerry, of course, famously brought up these charges after he returned from Vietnam.

Indeed, so desperate are they to paint our own in this light and so much has the government capitulated to such vigilance that a soldier using the Koran for target practice made national headlines. The guilty sniper has been sent home and military officials have apologized to the point of kissing a Koran in front of Iraqi tribal leaders.

Conversely, we rarely hear about the code of honor and chivalry that exists at its highest level in the U.S. military. This is a code that many Americans have adhered to as well in other areas of life, in the face of overwhelming societal pressures.

I had the privilege of knowing such an American while in the graduate program at the University of Georgia and teaching freshman composition to a student body that too often whined and demanded a B in order to maintain their Hope scholarships. Noah Harris, in contrast, would bring in a B paper and ask how he could improve it. It was at the beginning of the semester, and I was reluctant to hand out A’s, knowing from experience that students tend to get complaisant. It had been a difficult year for me and I was not at my best as a teacher. Often, I was in physical pain. The baser instincts of humans propel them not to display sympathy but to exploit such situations. But Noah always acted like a gentleman. When I told him during one conference that he was a good writer, he gave all credit to his mother for teaching him.

Noah also was the cheerleading captain and used his athletic abilities to catch cheerleaders, who commented on his trustworthiness. They knew that he would hurt himself before he let one of them get hurt.

It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I learned about the path that Noah’s life took after he left my class. His photo in uniform graced the alumni magazine that came in my mail. After graduating and being accepted into a prestigious business program he joined the Army. 9/11 had motivated him. In Iraq his Humvee was attacked by rocket- propelled grenades and he died on June 18, 2005.

One of the things that the article noted was that Noah had a special connection to children. He reached out to the children of Iraq and gave them soccer balls and stuffed animals.

On this planet, such generosity and concern for those weaker is exceptional. It is by no means universal, nor innate to the man left to his natural devices. The atheistic ideologies promote a biological view of man, as simply a more clever animal, but one nonetheless driven by his biological urges. The Law of the Jungle is that the strong exploit the weaker. The weak are never more vulnerable than during wartime. But that is not the code of the United States, a civilized nation that operates under a higher code based on a belief in a Judeo-Christian God, a code of chivalry.

Noah Harris, a Christian gentleman, scholar, and soldier, displayed his code of honor everywhere--in the classroom, the football field, and the battle field. He is a fine representative of our military. The fibs and exaggerations made up by the leftist enemies are really projections of themselves.

Mary Grabar

Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at Her writing can be found at