Losing Our Sons: An American Tragedy (Website of the Week)

A searing true story from America’s heartland, Losing Our Sons tells of two American families whose lives intersected through a shattering act of violence. Melvin Bledsoe, a small business owner in Memphis, watched with pride as his son Carlos went to Tennessee State University in Nashville to better his life through education. Daris Long, an ex-Marine, felt honored that his son, Andy, chose to follow in his footsteps by joining the military. But when Carlos Bledsoe murdered Andy Long in Little Rock, Arkansas, both fathers are forced to confront a new kind of American nightmare. As Melvin traced the trail that led Carlos from Nashville to Yemen and then to Little Rock, Daris confronted an American government that seems to be in denial about what happened to his son. This powerful documentary provides a moment of clarity for Americans who care about their families and their country’s future.

A New Documentary: Losing Our Sons

One month ago, the Tennessee Freedom Coalition and ACT! for America hosted a world premier of a new documentary, Losing Our Sons. You can watch the trailer here. The film was produced by Americans for Peace and Tolerance, with financing and support by Andy Miller and the Tennessee Freedom Coalition.

Losing Our Sons is very personal. It is specific and avoids overgeneralizations, so it’s a great DVD to share with those friends of yours who are still not quite sure if Islam is a religion of peace. Because it’s so personal and specific — only talking about facts and events — there’s really nothing in this film to argue with.

The film is about the 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting, and it interviews the fathers of two boys. One of the boys is Carlos Bledsoe, a Tennessee native who changed his name to Abdu Mujahid Muhammad when he became a Muslim. The other boy is William “Andy” Long, who was shot at an army recruiting office by Abdu.

It was jihad.

Visit the Losing Our Sons website and Buy the DVD here.

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