Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Don’t Appeal DADT Ruling

“Once again,” stated
the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins “an activist federal judge
is using the military to advance a
liberal social agenda, disregarding the views of all four military
service chiefs and the constitutional role of Congress.” But not the
views of the Commander in Chief, the Secretary of Defense, and the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

Be it noted as well that the House of Representatives voted to repeal
Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell in May. And that the Senate would have done the
same had not Senate Republicans, in deference to the likes of Perkins, filibustered the bill. And that allowing gays to serve openly in the military is part of a liberal social agenda that Americans now support by a two-to-one margin.


Under the circumstances, the Justice Department would seem to have more than ample grounds for departing from its usual practice and letting the judge’s injunction stand unappealed.

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posted October 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I guess Mr. Perkins is unaware that other countries that have gays openingly serving don’t have issues, so pray tell us the real reason, as if we don’t already know!

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posted October 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm

DADT is not only unworthy of what our country stands for, it is stupidity bordering on treason. It actively undermines our national defense for the sole reason of satisfying a sectarian religious agenda. It makes no more sense than publishing the schematics and encryption codes for predator drones in Farsi on an open-access web site. It really is that stupid.
Obama, for his part, has proven to be spineless and craven on this and virtually every other issue of social justice and human rights. His whole first term to date has been defined by appeasement of conservatives and calculating how little he can possibly do on the agenda his core supporters sent him to Washington to do. If he keeps this up, he better hope the Tea Party takes a liking to him, because he’s going to find precious few votes or dollars from most of us who went to bat for him two years ago.

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Rob the Rev

posted October 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

One of two interviews that Rachel Maddow did with gay military persons. They relate the pain of serving their country under the unjust DADT.
Rachel Maddow talks with an active servicemember who is hiding his homosexuality to avoid prosecution under “Don’t ask, don’t” about the strain the unpopular policy places on his life and his loved ones.
Rachel Maddow explains why, despite widespread perception that the end of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is inevitable and imminent, the policy is likely to continue indefinitely after the White House appeals the federal court injunction against it and the Senate fails to pass a repeal.
I am one who happens to have a God-given homosexual orientation, and as one who is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army having served twice in the U.S. Army and being twice honorably discharged. The first time I served in West Berlin as an enlisted soldier during the time of the Viet-Nam war, from 1969 to 1971. The second time I served as a commissioned officer and chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1985 to 1990. Because of the homophobia and unjust official discrimination of the armed forces against people of a gay, lesbian, or bisexual sexual orientation I was forced to conceal my gay sexual orientation during my times of honorable service and lie about the core of my being.
The end of a letter I emailed to President Obama:
You have before you two sure ways that you could keep your promise to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” One is not to appeal the Federal Court ruling that has declared “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional. Let that ruling stand, Mr. President. Secondly you could end it with a stroke of your pen by issuing an Executive Order just as President Truman ended racial segregation of the military with his Executive Order. Do not leave it up to the Senate to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as long as the Republicans can filibuster. Just do it yourself, Mr. President!

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posted October 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

As someone who has served in the U.S. Army and seen the disruptions casued by homosexuality within the barracks and elsewhere, I am very troubled to think of the added problems which open homosexuality will create.
Sexual urges are very strong forces and to place vulnerable young service members within an environment circumscribed by a strong rank structure is unconscionable.
Many of the heterosexual people such as Obama who are advocating this sort of thing have never spent week living in a traditional military barracks where unwelcome advances by people of the same gender are often very subtle and calculated.
The U.S. military does not need to be a venue for social experimentation and furthermore should stand for morality.

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Grumpy Old Person

posted October 20, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Odd that those (ahem) “disruptions” don’t seem to pervade the armies of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay.
Even Uruguay doesn’t seem to fear this “social experimentation”!
As for your ‘stand for morality’ slur, holier-than-thou approaches to Constitutional equality don’t cut it, I’m afraid.

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