Lying is never right

Recently a federal appeals court in California ruled that a person has a right to lie about receiving a military medal. The case involved a man who claimed he had won the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Government. He said he had been wounded in battle numerous times. However, in fact, the man had never served a day in the military.

He had been charged with violating the federal Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to falsely claim to have won a military medal. But the court in a two-to-one ruling stated that there is no evidence that such lies harm anybody and there's no compelling reason for the government to ban such lies.

We disagree. It should be a crime for someone to go around and claim they have won the Congressional Medal of Honor or a Purple Heart or any other medal.

In South Mississippi we have thousands of military personnel who serve our country to make sure we are able to live in a free country. Many of them have rightly been awarded medals for what they have done defending our country.

To allow an individual to go around and lie about medals he did not receive takes away from the real heroes who deserve to be recognized. We hope a higher court will reverse this decision. Lying is never right and especially when it effects the heroes of this county.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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