By Tom Stark, 05/26/2012
Before the final repeal of the notorious Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy put into place by the Clinton administration as a means of coping with homosexuals in the military, many among us predicted that doing so would open up a can of worms when it came to issues like “right of conscience” for military chaplains, sexual conduct disruptive to good discipline and order, etc. We were scoffed at and ridiculed as bigots, Neanderthals, and the like.
But here we are post-repeal and many of our predictions have been realized. Gary McCaleb writes on Townhall.com that while opponents were “mocked like Orville and Wilbur Wright” for protesting that chaplains would be faced with conflicts over redefining marriage on military installations, just such issues are now coming home to roost.
The House of Representatives attached amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4310) that would protect chaplains’ rights to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and also protect them from adverse disciplinary or career repercussions from doing so. Now, who could object to these simple statements of logic that fall wholly in line with our First Amendment rights to believe as we choose and be protected from government sanctions? Apparently, President Obama does.
According to McCaleb,
“So far, the administration is defending its opposition to the language in H.R. 4310 by saying the legislation contains ‘unnecessary and ill-advised policies that would inhibit the ability of same-sex couples to marry or enter a recognized relationship under State law.’ ”
So much for “no repercussions.” Many claimed that there would be no disruption – the military would “adapt.” Apparently, this, too, has been a failure. Bob Unruh, writing for wnd.com quotes statistics from a report by Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness,
“Among the details in the reports: While, since 2006, 5 percent of the violent sexual assaults have been against men, recent reports now put that figure at 12 to 14 percent.”
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.