By Tony Perkins
President Obama may not be able to say “Christian,” but he has no trouble with “transgender.” While almost 100 Assyrian Christians were kidnapped by Islamists in a dawn raid in their villages in Syria, the President’s mind is obviously elsewhere.
As he plots an assault on people’s values, the Middle East is in a full-blown meltdown. Terror is ripping through small towns, and in this case, hitting a crucial piece of land in the conflict on the Iraqi border where the Yazidis were also targeted. Although the Christians fled to Syria for refuge, that safety is made more fragile by the day thanks to their faith. Syrian militia tried to strike back, but the fate of the Christians is unknown.
Meanwhile, President Obama is focused on more important matters — like opening up the military to transgenders. At a press conference Monday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest dropped this bombshell: “I can tell you that the President agrees with the sentiment that all Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve and for that reason, we here at the White House welcome the comments of the Secretary of Defense.”
Those comments from Ash Carter came as a surprise to several people, who didn’t think the first item on the new DOD chief’s agenda was social engineering. “I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them,” Carter told reporters earlier in the day. “I’m very open-minded about (it)…what their personal lives and proclivities are, provided they can do what we need them to do for us. That’s the important criteria. Are they going to be excellent service members?”
Unfortunately, the new Defense boss wasn’t asked about the issue in his Senate hearing — an oversight conservatives wish they could correct now. The world is facing some of the greatest evil ever unleashed on innocents and the President’s plan for combating it is letting men transition to women (and vice-versa) in our fighting force? Is this his plan for striking fear in ISIS’s hearts?
The terrorists are mocking us as it is. Imagine the laughingstock America will be if it injects gender anarchy into the front lines. Are we to assume that taxpayers would be on the hook for their hormone therapy, sexual reassignments, psychological counseling, and whatever facilities changes would need to be made to accommodate transgenders on base?
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 — transgenderism is at its root a serious mental disorder. If these men and women are confused about their gender, what’s to keep them from being confused about their mission?
Sexual assault, rape, and suicide are already sky-high in the military. Surely, the President’s answer isn’t introducing gender chaos to an already dissatisfied military. The military can’t afford to waste more time and energy on political distractions that aren’t just detrimental for people in that lifestyle — but for our nation’s security as well.
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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