Terry Coffey had no idea that his simple Facebook post would go viral. The post featured what he thought was image of a wounded World War II soldier and his comrade in combat. So far, his post has been shared over 781,000 times.
He also included a message about “real American courage” and Caitlyn Jenner.
“As I see post after post about Bruce Jenner’s transition to a woman, and I hear words like, bravery, heroism and courage, just thought I’d remind all of us what real American courage, heroism and bravery looks like!” he wrote.
The next day, after he had researched the origins of the photo, Coffey revealed he had discovered an “ironic twist” that left him thinking.
His final conclusion? "Hate helps nothing," "Love wounds no one," and "God heals all." Read his follow-up post below:
In an ironic twist, I have discovered that the photo is part of a documentary created by a man who was beaten nearly to death outside of a bar in 2000. After spending 9 days in a coma, suffering severe brain damage and being unable to walk or talk for a year, he chose to try and cope with his pain from the tragic event, by creating a world of stories and characters and photos set in WWII. The image I chose, was one of those created for an upcoming documentary. Why was he nearly beaten to death by 5 strangers?
Because he was a cross-dresser.
I could have chosen one of hundreds of other photos. But I didn’t, I chose this one. Do I think it was an accident? I don’t.
What happened to this man was wrong, cruel, and unforgivable.
Hate helps nothing.
Love wounds no one.
and God heals all.
(and irony makes us think)
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