Baptized in the Sand
Date Added: March 31, 2003
he uniqueness of this image, coupled with its emotionally charged message, make it very popular. It also makes creates a lot of skepticism. Interestingly, while most e-mail chain letters built around a moving image add details to make them seem more compelling, the note circulating with this photo actually leaves a lot of detail out.
Baptized in the sand...and HE will make a way in the wilderness.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-disipline. 2 Timothy 1.7 NIV
They were baptizing our soldiers in the desert before the war. Pfc. David Kurns is baptized by Task Force Chaplain Capt. Ron Cooper, left, and 1st Lt. Brian Case, right, in the desert north of Kuwait City, Wednesday, March 12. Eight members of the 3rd Infantry Division were baptized in the desert on Wednesday.
The photograph is real and the caption accompanying it is accurate. It was taken by a photographer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and accompanied an article in that paper's March 13, 2003 issue. The piece focuses on one task force's preparations as an invasion of Iraq grew more certain, and the author interviews commanders, soldiers and, yes, Captain Cooper to provide a touching "human" perspective.
It's actually somewhat disappointing that the photo and its abbreviated caption are the only parts of the article getting circulated and posted on message boards. Since this chain started circulating the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has exercised its copyright and the original article is now available on a pay-per-view basis only, so the whole article is even less likely to be seen. Break this chain.
References: Atlanta Journal-Constitution