Â A better title for this article might have been, “Buzz Aldrin, NASA, Christianity, Communion, Political Correctness, and Madalyn Murray O’Hair” but, first of all, that would have been much too long and, second of all, I refused to give Mrs. O’Hair the distinction of a title mention.
Most readers over the age of seven should be familiar with NASA, Christianity, and the sacrament of Holy Communion though I wouldn’t know why anyone under the age of twelve would be reading this blog in the first place.
The name Buzz Aldrin should ring more than a few bells with all but Obama voters and liberal-leftists hadn’t yet invented P.C. in Aldrin’s heyday and Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s name has all but disappeared from American consciousness, as it should have.
However, thanks to the mainstreamÂ media’s decades-long suppression of a decades-old story involving Aldrin’s religion and NASA’s censorship ofÂ his constitutional right to free religious expression, few people have ever heard of Buzz Aldrin’s hushed-up communion on the moon on July 20th, 1969.
Â Colonel Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr. wasÂ the USAF pilotÂ who followed Neil Armstrong as the second person to walk on the moon after Apollo 11′s historic landing on July 20, 1969, (which happened to be my somewhat less-than-historic first wedding anniversary).
Â Madalyn Murray O’Hair was the oddball atheist who gained a questionable fame andÂ a degree of wealth in the sixties by campaigning against God and the Bible and for the removal of any reference to either in America’s public schools or in the public square before mysteriously disappearing in 1995.Â Proclaimed “the most hated woman in America”Â by Time magazine, sheÂ was re-discovered years later, charred andÂ all chopped up in lots of little pieces.
So what do an American hero who accomplished an incredible feat of daring and bravery and an American bitch on wheels who had an inexplicable grudge against God andÂ who attempted to foist her twisted beliefs on our country have in common?Â Precious little, except that O’Hair was able to scare and intimidate NASA into trampling on Aldrin’s constitutional rights.
To explain, while Aldrin was an astronaut in America’s ApolloÂ Space Program, he also served as an elder in theÂ Webster Presbyterian Church in Texas.Â Before take-off in 1969,Â he requestedÂ and received permission from his church to administer communion to himself–on the moon.Â JustÂ before exiting the lunar module with Armstrong, AldrinÂ became the first manÂ toÂ take sustenance on the surface of the moon byÂ eating theÂ bread and drinking the wine,Â the elements of communion he had been given by Webster Presbyterian.
Col.Â Aldrin then made what was probably one of the few mistakes he made in his life–dutifullyÂ sending a radio messageÂ backÂ to his bosses atÂ NASA with a simple, modest request: “I would like to request a few moments of silence . . . and to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours, and to give thanks in his or her own way”Â and to read a section of the gospel of St. John.
Think about it.Â Aldrin wasn’t asking anything outrageous.Â He wasn’tÂ seeking permission to make a partisan political statement or a declaration of well-merited national braggadocio.Â He wasn’t asking permission to declare his Christian God’s beneficence in granting success for their mission.Â He wasn’tÂ seeking authorization toÂ sell his story.
All Col. Aldrin was asking NASA was permission for Americans and the rest of the peoples of the world, the vast bulk of whom were “listening in” to his words, words relating to what was easily the most spectacular achievement in the history of mankind, to a tale of Americans traveling successfully against all odds 225,623 miles and landing safely on an unforgiving satellite, words only suggesting that we all give thanks to the God Who made us all for allowing this singular accomplishment. ,
The story of his secret communion service only emerged after the mission when Life magazine published an August, 1969 interview withÂ Aldrin and he published Return to Earth in 1973 and Magnificent Desolation in 1995.
As for NASA and the MSM, to this day, they have virtually ignored the first communion observance on theÂ moon. Terrified thatÂ ”the most hated woman in America”Â would file a lawsuit against them for violating the non-existent, constitutional separation of church and state clause, NASA suppressed Col. Aldrin’s story andÂ O’Hair’s lawsuit that ultimately went nowhere and the mainstreamers, well, the mainstreamers will always be the mainstreamers.
Liberal-leftist cynics–are there any other kind of liberal-leftists?–would still denyÂ Aldrin’s NASA story out of pure venom, pure anti-Christian venom, had not Snopes.com verified it asÂ ”True”and the U.K.’s The Guardiansubstantiated it just lastÂ September.Â Â Faithful to form, the USA’s MSM have treated Col. Aldrin and his hushed-up Communion on the Moon with the same inattention it customarily pays to upbeat, positive news on Christians andÂ Christianity.Â
(See the surprising Snopes report at http://www.snopes.com/glurge/communion.aspÂ and the Guardian article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/sep/13/buzz-aldrin-communion-moon.)