The Democrats are trying to use the lame duck session of Congress
to push through a repeal of the law signed by President Bill Clinton that
prohibits homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military.
It bears repeating that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a misnomer. The
law flatly prohibits homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military. President
Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is simply a way around that law. It allows
homosexuals to serve, in violation of U.S. law, as long as they don’t tell
The American people must rise up as one and let their senators
know that repealing this law is completely unacceptable. Here are just some of
the reasons why:
- A leaked version of the
Pentagon’s survey of active service personnel, which will be made public on Nov.
30, indicates that 30% of active service members believe the repeal is
problematic. Since almost a third of active duty personnel say this is a
problem, there is thus absolutely no question that repeal will have a harmful
effect on morale and cohesion. Repeal will have a harmful effect on recruitment
and retention; in another survey, 24% of active duty personnel indicated that
they either would resign or would consider resigning from the military if open
homosexuals are allowed to serve.
- The purpose of the
military is to kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely
and securely at night. It must not be used as some giant laboratory for
politically correct social engineering experiments.
- The commandant of the
U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, has pointedly said that the Marines he has
talked to almost unanimously oppose repeal. General Amos said this is all about
“unit cohesion, it’s about combat effectiveness.” No policy change should be
made that does not improve readiness, and it is clear that allowing open
homosexuals to serve will have the opposite effect. It will weaken rather than
strengthen our military.
- Repeal will be the end
of careers for conservative officers. They will be forced to publicly affirm
the normalcy of homosexual behavior if they want to advance in their careers,
and the only alternative will be to resign from the military. Lt. Gen. Thomas
Bostick, who is deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel for the U.S. Army,
called soldiers and officers who oppose homosexuality on moral and religious
grounds “racists and bigoted” and said “people opposing this new policy will
need to get with the program, and if they can’t, they need to get out.” Thus
our finest and most character-driven officers will be drummed out of our armed
- Repeal will mean the end
of careers for conservative Christian chaplains, who have deeply held moral and
spiritual objections to the normalization of homosexuality. This will bring to
an end a tradition of conservative Christian chaplains that goes all the way
back to our first commander-in-chief, George Washington, who made the
appointing of such chaplains one of his first orders of business. General
Washington knew that military success depended upon the spiritual strength of
A military that is weakened spiritually is a military that is a
weakened fighting force. The ancient Scriptures still have it right: “Unless
the Lord watches over a city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
The Founders understood this; our current crop of Pentagon leaders do not, and
seem intent on making what will prove to be a fatal mistake. There is no
quicker way to assign the United States to the scrap heap of history than to
normalize homosexual behavior in our military.
It’s time for all people of good will to contact their senators
immediately and make it abundantly clear that repeal is bad for the military
and bad for the United States.
And the time to do it is today. The stakes could not be higher.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the
author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family
Association or American Family Radio.)