7/1/2010 - July 2010 SLI Educational Update - Homosexuals in the Military
AN EDUCATIONAL UPDATE FROM
THE SOUTHEAST LAW INSTITUTE™, INC.
To: SLI Supporters
Date: July 2010
From: A. Eric Johnston
Re: Homosexuals in the Military
Local news reporting on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy concerning homosexuals in the military have not adequately informed us on the issue. We must be extremely concerned about this very bold and unprecedented effort by the Obama Administration.
It has always been wise to have civilian oversight of the military. Leading military figures, such as General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who later became President of the United States, have been concerned about the development of a powerful military complex. However, we must not confuse the possible encroachment of the military into civilian life with the need to permit the military to regulate itself in matters related to combat readiness and efficiency. The military is for our national defense. It is not a proving ground for civilian social experiments.
Homosexuality has never been an accepted norm in a functioning culture. Homosexuality has always been viewed as abnormal and aberrant behavior destructive of the three institutions of a strong culture, viz., the family, the church and the government. Obviously, a family must be constituted as a man and a woman who are able to procreate and provide for their children a lifestyle which will permit the family to carry on from generation to generation. For the western church, with its traditional Judeo-Christian substance found in the Holy Bible, homosexuality is viewed as a sin and an abomination, notwithstanding recent pro-homosexual policies of some mainline churches.
Understanding this background, we must view the efforts to permit open homosexuality in the military as a major step in the changing of America. We know that the Obama Administration is the most pro-abortion, big government, big spending administration that any of us have ever seen. His apologies to the world for America’s strong Christian culture have embarrassed us. His unconcern for the military is highlighted by his efforts to change its very nature. Also, consider the dilemma this will cause Christian chaplains who view homosexuality as sin.
The positions of Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are directly under the political control of the White House. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen have, apparently, submitted to the will of the White House. Directly reporting to them are the joint chiefs of the four branches of the military services. The joint chiefs have been more concerned with proper military protocol than social experiments. They have resisted the White House efforts to legalize and permit open homosexuality in the military.
The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was ushered in by Bill Clinton’s Administration. It was an early effort to appease homosexuals. If their activity was not blatant, they would not be removed from the military. If it was, they would be dishonorably discharged.
The efforts in Congress to pass a bill to repeal that policy, which the President would be sure to sign, will permit open homosexuality at all levels. The joint chiefs, however, had asked for time to review the policy change. Without waiting for the military’s assessment, the U.S. House of Representatives moved ahead with approving the policy. In other words, politically, they do not care what the military thinks.
An outspoken opponent of the change is retired Air Force General Charles Horner. A former fighter pilot, he said, “He supports the ban because he fears military readiness will suffer if open homosexuals are allowed to serve, particularly given the land forces, the way they have to live and operate.” His concern is that living in confined quarters and under restrictive circumstances, the average serviceman, or woman, does not want to be subject to the affections of their fellow soldiers. Those who understand the homosexual lifestyle understand its promiscuous and permissive qualities. These have no place in the military.
We must continue to be concerned with the social abnormalities of the Obama Administration. We cannot wink at these significant changes. Please keep this in mind when you consider for whom you will vote in the coming general election. In the meantime, please communicate with your elected Representative and your two United States Senators in the Congress concerning your opposition to homosexuality in the military.
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