Don’t Let The “Lame Duck” Congress Destroy The Military


Illustration: Rainbow parachute by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

KNIGHT: Lame-duck quackery

Repudiated pols shouldn’t impose homosexuality on the military

By Robert Knight-The Washington Times

Not all of the snipers targeting U.S. military personnel are in caves or perched on cliffs in Afghanistan. Some are right here in America, planting stories instead of explosives.

Their mission: to destroy the military’s moral backbone.

On Oct. 28, unnamed “sources” claimed to the Associated Press that a survey conducted by the military over ending the ban on homosexuality reveals that most soldiers are thrilled with the idea. Sure they are.

The next shot was fired by an unnamed “source” who managed to get a front-page story in The Washington Post on – you guessed it – Veterans Day. The headline was: “Report: Little risk to lifting gay ban.”

What a selfless, objective source. Why make Congress read the full report before voting on the bill to end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” sponsored by Rep. Patrick Murphy, Pennsylvania Democrat, whose constituents voted on Nov. 2 to throw him out ?

Congress didn’t bother to read the 2,700-page Obamacare bill before voting on it. Why should members read a far shorter report that could profoundly alter every branch of the service?

And how handy that the “source” concluded that the military can accommodate open homosexuality “with only minimal and isolated incidents,” as the Post put it.

Congress is back for a lame-duck session this week, and members are being pressured to vote for a military authorization bill that contains Mr. Murphy’s repeal of the 1993 law barring open homosexuality in the armed services. Often mis-characterized as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a Clinton policy that watered down the actual law, the law has functioned fairly well. About 14,000 men and women have been separated from the armed services under that law over the past 17 years. That’s less than 1 percent of total military separations, most of which are for pregnancy, substance abuse, being overweight, etc.

I had to read the “source” reference twice because it was so outlandish: “The source declined to state his position on whether to lift the ban, insisting it did not matter. He said he felt compelled to share the information out of concern that groups opposed to ending the ban would mis-characterize the findings.”

President Obama has urged Congress to overturn the law, and a federal judge in California, Virginia A. Phillips, issued a profoundly arrogant ruling in October ordering the entire U.S. military, including overseas troops, to cease enforcing the law. The 9th Circuit put a stay on her order as requested by the Obama administration, and the case is expected to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, where its fate is uncertain.

Meanwhile, homosexual activists and their media allies are putting on a full-court press to persuade the still-liberal current Congress to overturn the law before a more conservative Congress is seated in January.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is leading the opposition, with Sen. Lady Gaga and most of the media occupying trenches on the other side. Just kidding. Lady Gaga, who has the pop world by the throat, would never settle for being a mere senator.

(Here is a clip of Senator McCain on Meet The Press this past Sunday and he talks about DADT among other things)

Senator McCain, so many of us are depending on you to exactly what you have said you will so – stand in the way of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  We must be just as concerned about the moral and cultural deficit as well as the financial and economic deficits.

The stakes in this fight are enormous, beginning with chaplains, who would be forced to recant their biblical morality or resign. Enforcement of any new “tolerant” policy would result in zero tolerance for servicemen who believe that homosexuality is wrong. The military would then be used as a battering ram against American society’s resistance to mandated acceptance of homosexuality. Story Continues →

Take Action Now

  • Pray that this “lame duck” scheme to homosexualize our military and put our troops at risk will fail.
  • Call your two Senators and House member and urge them to oppose any attempt to overturn or fail to enforce the 1993 law. The Capitol Hill switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Click to identify the email or fax number of your Senators or House member.

The Fine Print — Why It Matters
The stakes are enormous, beginning with chaplains, who would be forced to recant their biblical morality or resign. Enforcement of any new “tolerant” policy would result in zero tolerance for servicemen and women who believe that homosexuality is wrong. The military would then be used as a battering ram against American society’s resistance to mandated acceptance of homosexuality.

Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos told reporters on Nov. 6 that he strongly opposes ending the ban.

Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos

Here’s a snippet from a Los Angeles Times article:

“There’s risk involved,” Amos said. “I’m trying to determine how to measure  that risk. This is not a social thing. This is combat effectiveness.”

Amos assumed the commandant job two weeks ago, succeeding Gen. James Conway.

In August, during his last visit with troops in Afghanistan, Conway repeatedly asked gatherings of enlisted Marines throughout Helmand province whether they thought unit cohesion would be harmed if openly gay people could serve. Almost unanimously, the young Marines indicated they felt it would.

Combat, Amos said, is an “intimate” experience without parallel in civilian life. “We’re talking about our young men—laying out, sleeping alongside of one another and sharing death, fear and loss of brothers,” he said.

In February, Gen. Conway, Amos’s predecessor, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he opposes repeal:

“My best military advice to this committee, to the secretary, to the president would be to keep the law such as it is.”

The Marine generals’ views parallel those of 1,167 retired generals and admirals who have signed a petition opposing any effort to remove the law.

Again, Please Take Action Now

  • Pray that this “lame duck” scheme to homosexualize our military and put our troops at risk will fail.
  • Call your two Senators and House member and urge them to oppose any attempt to overturn or fail to enforce the 1993 law. The Capitol Hill switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Click to identify the email or fax number of your Senators or House member.

H/t  ROBERT KNIGHT: Lame-duck quackery

Robert Knight is Senior Writer and Washington, D.C. Correspondent for Coral Ridge Ministries. He is the author, most recently, of The Truth About Marriage: Defending God’s Design for the Family
posted by rightthingtodo on November 19, 2010

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