Military Rifles through Transgender Policy

By Tony Perkins

When it comes to his latest military maneuver, the President isn’t asking — but leaders are telling their concerns. Military officials may finally be saying, “enough!” to the President’s radical social policies. Last month, it looked like the commander-in-chief might finally have a partner in his social experiment, new Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Barely four weeks into the job, the Pentagon’s latest boss said he was on board with the President’s last military makeover: lifting the ban on open transgenderism. “I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them,” Carter told reporters late last month. “I’m very open-minded about (it)…”

Fortunately for Americans, most senior military leaders aren’t. And according to sources, they aren’t shy about saying so. In the days after Carter’s bombshell, “defense officials say several members of his top brass told Carter later that they had serious reservations.” They’re pushing back with a vengeance, the Associated Press explains — but only on the condition of anonymity. And considering what’s happened to Chaplain Wes Modder, Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn, and others, it’s no wonder.

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The military is its own cultural landmine these days, as the administration inches closer to its goal of fundamentally transforming the last great bastion of American exceptionalism. Worried it could cost them their careers, most leaders are fighting back quietly for now. Like us, their greatest concerns are a repeat of the distractions that happened after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — a top-to-bottom disaster that continues to syphon away resources and attention from the mission at hand.

While morale falls like a brick, sexual assaults and suicides are through the roof. Meanwhile, the one comfort our brave men and women used to have — their faith — is being wrenched from their hands and driven out of the service. And what is the President’s solution to this mess? More chaos. Military leaders are right to be concerned. Apart from their practical concerns — bathrooms, showers, housing, and uniforms — there is also the very legitimate concern about these service members’ instability. Despite how casually the White House seems to treat the matter, these are serious and complex issues that directly affect the national security of the United States. Let’s not forget – transsexualism is at its root a serious mental disorder (one classified as such by the military’s own Defense Department!). If these men and women are confused about their gender, what’s to keep them from being confused about their mission? The battlefield has enough turmoil; our President should know better than to introduce more. Thank goodness for military officials who are willing to stand up and speak out. If their men and women are willing to put their lives on the line for us, the least these leaders can do is put their stars on the line for them.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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