Chris Kyle’s Religious Faith Plays Small Part In ‘American Sniper’

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Chris Kyle’s Religious Faith Plays Small Part In ‘American Sniper’.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – In the wake of the growing controversy over her late husband’s memoir, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has decided to stay out of the limelight. (RNS) Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family.Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” has been the talk – or a talk – of the town since surprising prognosticators by mopping up six Oscar nominations last week. They were supposed to be in support of the film adaptation of “American Sniper,” which shocked Hollywood with its record-breaking $105 million opening weekend, and has been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.

The film, which focuses on the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who shot his way to a record 160 confirmed kills in Iraq and Afghanistan, was also the target of some sniping from celebs. Chris Kyle’s role in killing a record number of people as a sniper in Iraq is causing controversy among some in Hollywood for its perceived pro-war message. The Oscar nominations gave the fake baby attention new life: after they were announced on Thursday Mark Harris of Grantland penned this arch tweet, with other outlets jumping aboard, too. And invaders r worse.” Writing yesterday on Facebook he confirmed his view of snipers as “cowards” who “don’t believe in a fair fight.” However, he said he had not mentioned American Sniper in his tweet. “So here’s what I think about American Sniper.

The Clint Eastwood-directed biopic starring Bradley Cooper debuted with a limited release on Christmas Day, the same day “Unbroken” opened nationwide. “My shots saved several Americans, whose lives were clearly worth more than that woman’s twisted soul,” he wrote. “I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job. In 2013, Kyle was shot and killed at a Texas shooting range; Eddie Ray Routh, a fellow Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was charged in Kyle’s death and is scheduled to stand trial in February.

Ron Paul, R-Texas, sparked a backlash after he tweeted a biblical reference: “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Kyle was no straight-laced Christian. If I had to order my priorities, they would be God, Country, Family,” Kyle wrote. “There might be some debate on where those last two fall — these days I’ve come around to believe that Family may, under some circumstances, outrank Country. But it’s a close race.” The God, country, family line is mentioned in passing in the film after another soldier asks Kyle if he believes in God. “There’s evil,” Cooper says. “We’ve seen it.” “I’m not the kind of person who makes a big show out of religion,” Kyle writes in the book. “I believe, but I don’t necessarily get down on my knees or sing real loud in church. My dad was a deacon, and my mom taught Sunday school,” Kyle wrote. “I remember a stretch when I was young when we would go to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday evening.

A 2013 New Yorker profile mentions Kyle’s faith as a deep motivator in his work: “Like many soldiers, Kyle was deeply religious and saw the Iraq War through that prism,” journalist Nicholas Schmidle wrote. “He tattooed one of his arms with a red crusader’s cross, wanting ‘everyone to know I was a Christian.’” “I don’t spend a lot of time philosophizing about killing people. He may hold me back until last and run everybody else through the line, because it will take so long to go over all my sins.” “But what I lean toward is that you know all of your sins, and God knows them all, and shame comes over you at the reality that He knows. I believe the fact that I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior will be my salvation,” he wrote. “But in that backroom or whatever it is when God confronts me with my sins, I do not believe any of the kills I had during the war will be among them.

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