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“I Don’t Know, But I’ve Been Told” ... "Gays" to Serve in the U.S. Military?
By Shari Rendall
July 21, 2008
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It’s a matter of “gay pride.”  This is the mantra of the homosexual activists that reverberates in the minds of many Americans.  The constant drum beat pounded into our heads that “gays should not have to conceal who they are or be dishonest about their lifestyle.”

And now, these homosexual activists have set their sights on our military.  They believe that it’s time the military becomes a much more tolerant place that embraces diverse opinions and orientations. Tolerant, of course, only if you agree with their agenda.  Diverse opinions, of course, as long as they’re all the same as the radical activists.  Instead of a red badge of courage, it seems that they’d like our men and women in the armed services to wear rainbow badges so that everyone feels like they belong to one big, happy family.

One such poster boy promoting the homosexual agenda is Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, who says, “My proudest moment in the military came when I would confide in one of my friends about my sexual orientation, and they still treated me with the same respect as before.”

The homosexual agenda is fully incompatible with military service.  The mission of our military is to fight and win our nation’s wars.  Our military must, at all costs, be prepared to accomplish this goal to protect our national sovereignty.  We simply cannot allow our military to be hijacked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California)-type liberals in order to become one their social experiments!  This is particularly true at a time while this country is at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 

In 1993, in response to pressure from “gay” activists, President Bill Clinton tried to rescind the regulation that excluded homosexuals from the military.  In response to strong public opposition, the House and Senate both thoroughly debated this issue.  While the issue was under consideration in both the House and Senate, President Clinton enacted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy.”  After examining the policy and the regulation, the House and Senate codified the regulation excluding homosexual behavior from military service, but the question about homosexuality was dropped. 

Generally, the courts have deferred to the executive and congressional branches in matters of military policy. As recently as June 9, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit determined that it is constitutional to exclude openly “gay” citizens from the military.

The sole function of our military is to ensure our national security.  The men and women who serve in our armed services must focus on combat and what is absolutely needed to be victorious over our enemies.  Cohesiveness and uniformity are essential elements in our armed services.

In a recently issued report, the Palm Center (an organization whose primary purpose according to its own website is its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Project) concludes that Congress should repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” because the presence of “gays” in the military is unlikely to undermine a unit’s ability to fight and win in combat. It states that “evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion.”

 

The recent Palm Study recycled a number of previously discredited “reports” that did not stand up under scrutiny, and it failed to mention the most recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the constitutionality of the 1993 law, according to Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness.  Moreover, repealing the 1993 law will force our men and women in our armed services to cope with new varieties of social tensions and turbulence resulting from forced cohabitation with professed (not discreet) homosexuals in the military said Donnelly.

 

In fact, our military has strict criteria about who is eligible to enlist in our Armed Services.  Among the general requirements, enlistees must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be 17 - 41 years old, be healthy and in good physical condition, be in good moral standing, and be single or married with no more than two children under the age of 18.

“Gay” activists will claim that homosexuals are fighting for the same basic civil rights that have been given to other Americans in our society.  The irony of their argument is that homosexuals already have the same rights as everyone else.  Like any other citizen restricted from military service, homosexuals do not have an absolute right to serve in our armed forces. Military service is rightly predicated on behavior so that the mission of the military is not compromised.

Representative Susan Davis (D-California), Chair of the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, plans to pander to homosexual activists and hold a hearing on July 23 on the issue of “gays” in the military.

“Homosexual activists must not be allowed to distract our Representatives’ attention from the critical mission of the military simply to impose their sexual agenda on society.  Rather, this hearing should focus on the consequences to our national defense and readiness if the regulation excluding homosexuals from military service is repealed,” said Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America.

Action:  Please call the Republicans on the Personnel Subcommittee listed below and ask them to attend this hearing and support the 1993 law prohibiting open homosexuals from serving in the military.

Representative John McHugh (New York) – 202-4611, Representative John Kline (Minnesota) – 202-225-2271, Representative Thelma Drake (Virginia) – 202-225-4215, Representative Walter Jones (North Carolina) – 202-225-3415, and Representative Joe Wilson (South Carolina) – 202-225-2452.



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