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Gays in the U.S. Military: Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy

2012-SEP: Impact of the repeal, 1 year later

Part 3

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In this essay, LGB refers to Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals.

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Continued from a previous essay

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Negative comments about DADT by Chaplain (Colonel Retired) Ron Crews (Cont'd):

He continued:

"This list of problems and incidents that have arisen mere months after this administration imposed its will on the armed forces is disturbing to say the least, and we know it is only the beginning. Compounding the outrage, service members are not free to speak out about these matters. This ensures that distrust in the ranks will increase and morale will decrease as the number of silenced victims grows."

The fact that this administration is using the military to promote a radical social agenda is the biggest concern. That's not what the military is supposed to be. The military is to protect and defend this country and to train men and women to defend this country. It is not a social engineering entity, but yet this administration is turning it into that.

I believe this action is intentional because if they can drive this social agenda through the military that will help the homosexual agenda across the board in America. This is at the risk of changing the focus of our armed forces. As a military veteran and a citizen of this country that is a concern for me.

The Christian Post 5 commented:

"When asked about his Christian perspective on the issue of a homosexual agenda, Crews said:

' This violates the very standards that we hold dear from Scripture as to why God created us as men and women, as to our purpose of marriage, and as to the purpose of our sexuality. For the first time, the military is condoning and promoting a lifestyle that I believe is offensive to God. That concerns me about this country."

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A listing of major milestones reached in the year after DADT's repeal:

The Advocate, a gay-positive group, listed eleven firsts:

  • 2011-AUG: Military officials approved the distribution of OutServe, a magazine for LGBT servicemembers on military bases.

  • 2011-SEP-20: Many thousands of LGBT service members could serve openly for the first time in the military. In the first openly same-sex wedding by a service member: Navy Lt. Gary Ross married Dan Swezy.

  • 2011-DEC: Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels who had been discharged under DADT was reinstated to the Navy.

  • 2011-DEC-21: Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta won the traditional "first kiss" raffle on board the Fort Story ship in Virginia Beach. She and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell kissed on the dock.

  • 2012-JAN-25: Pinning ceremonies are a tradition that has always been reserved to spouses and family members of servicemembers who have been promoted in the military. Kathy Knopf pinned colonel wings on her partner Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace, becoming the first same-sex partner to be so honored.

  • 2012-FEB-11: Navy Chief Elny McKinney and Anacelly McKinney were the first known same-sex couple to marry on a military base. The wedding occurred at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego. CA.

  • 2012-MAY: For the first time, graduations at various military academies included openly gay students. LGBT groups were formed at the academies. Some dances included same-sex couples.

  • 2012-JUN-26: In honor of gay-pride month, the Pentagon hosted the first event honoring LGBT service members. Also, multiple servicemembers attended the White House Pride celebration.

  • 2012-JUL-21: LGBT servicemembers and personnel were permitted by the military to march in uniform in the 2011 San Diego Pride parade, and similar celebrations.

  • 2012-AUG: Tammy Smith became the first LGBT to be promoted to the rank of general. She is now an Army brigadier general.

  • 2012-SEP-10: The study by the Palm Center showed that the repeal of DADT had no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, morale, retention, or recruitment. 4

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Webmaster's comments. Bias alert.

Colonel Crew's comments:

His references to men, women, the purpose(s) of marriage, the purpose(s) of human sexuality, etc makes a lot of sense if one believes that God created Adam and Eve, and if one considers only heterosexual adults. But this leaves out the approximately 5% of the adult population who are homosexual, and the 5% who are bisexual. If, as most human sexuality researchers believe, an adult's sexual orientation is unchosen, fixed, and totally outside the person's control, then one might wonder what God's preferred "lifestyle" is for the minority of adults who have a homosexual or bisexual orientation.

There is a brief phrase in Genesis 2:18 when God is reported as referring to Adam and saying that it is: "not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." This might imply that most or all men -- whether heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual -- are intended to form a relationship with a person to whom they are sexually attracted, whom they love, and to whom they want to commit. If so, then God would appear to be in favor of same-sex marriage. Many liberal theists and some mainline theists certainly think so.

In order to study whether people can reliably assess the will of God on that topic, we conducted a pilot study. It produced some fascinating results.

Contrasting definitions of religious liberty and freedom:

Part of the conflict between religious and social conservatives on one hand, and the LGBT community and civil libertarians on the other is related to a change in the meaning of two religious terms. The definition of the terms "Religious liberty" and "religious freedom" have shifted significantly over recent decades:

The gap between:

  • The desire of women and members of the LGBT community to live with equal rights, & freedom from oppression, and

  • The desire of other individuals to exercise their religious liberty by actively oppressing women and selected minorities

is basically unsolvable on the short term. People tend to adopt their beliefs in late teen years and early adulthood, and retain them throughout life. It will probably take decades or generations to resolve this gap. However, as Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated: "The arc of the moral universe Is long, but It bends toward justice," -- to which one might add that it also bends towards inclusiveness for, equal rights for, and acceptance of women and minorities.

If we learn of any future news items related to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" we will report them here. Otherwise we will simply assume that the policy has been deposited in the dustbin of history as it has in by the military organizations in so many other countries.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Furor fades a year after military's gay ban lifted," USA Today, 2012-SEP-16, at: http://www.freep.com/
  2. "Navy first: Same-sex couple share first kiss at homecoming," You Tube, posted 2011-DEC-21, at: http://youtu.be/
  3. Peter Sprigg, "A Year After Repeal, Homosexuals Exploit Military to Advance Social Agenda," Family Research Council, 2012-SEP-20, at: http://www.frcblog.com/
  4. Michelle Garcia, "11 Firsts: Major Milestones After The Repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'," The Advocate, 2012-SEP-18, at: http://www.advocate.com/
  5. Alex Murashko, "DADT Repeal One Year Later: Is US Military Better or Worse?," Christian Post, 2012-SEP-22, at: http://www.christianpost.com/

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Copyright © 2012 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2012-SEP-17
Latest update: 2012-SEP-23

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