Opponents of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” , a policy to keep out of the closet homosexuals from serving in the military, predicted that such a repeal would be merely a first step, and they have proved prophetic:
Last summer, gays in the military dared not acknowledge their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.
In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had prohibited gay troops from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces.
Details are still being worked out, but officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to honor the contributions of gay service members.
“Now that we’ve repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ he feels it’s important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops,” said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman.
This month’s event will follow a long tradition at the Pentagon of recognizing diversity in America’s armed forces. Hallway displays and activities, for example, have marked Black History Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
Go here to read the rest. This piece of bilge came out on the 237th birthday of the Army, which I found ironic. None of this of course has anything to do with tolerance, or with the ability of the nation to field a military that can win wars. It has everything to do with Obama being in a tough spot politically and doing everything possible to appeal to homosexuals who make up a disproportionate number of the big donors for his campaign. This has religious liberty ramifications as chaplains have been coming under increasing pressure to adopt the “gay friendly” policy implemented by the Obma administration:
In the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a number of support groups advocated for gay service members who feared backlash for speaking freely. But the repeal of the ban in late 2011 has not ushered in a new era of free speech; rather, now it is chaplains who say they are being muzzled by the military and a group has formed to pass legislation seeking relief on their behalf.
Army religious leaders were reassured in a 2011 briefing on the repeal prepared by their Army Chief of Chaplains that they would not have to alter their sermons or their faith systems in light of new policy. At the same time, the chaplains were reminded that they would be required to minister to all troops and advised that, if they had irreconcilable problems with the new status quo, they would be free to end their careers and leave the service.
Now, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, a coalition of retired chaplains formed to support their active-duty counterparts in such situations, told Human Events it has collected anecdotal reports from a number of chaplains who say they have felt pressure from command leaders regarding how they express their beliefs about homosexuality. Go here to Human Events to read the rest.
This is quite understandable. Obama can gain few votes from those who care about religious liberty, and this is all about politics, which is a good short hand description of everything this kidney stone of an administration has done since its first day.