Pentagon Fishes for Rainbow Clout

Barb Wire

It probably feels like every day is “gay pride day” in the Obama military, but yesterday, it came with cake. In the big courtyard inside the Pentagon’s five rings, the Obama administration continued the five-year rainbow parade it started with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” As part of June’s LGBT month, Secretary Ray Mabus tried to persuade people what the research doesn’t: that sexualizing the military is the greatest thing to happen to America’s force.

In direct defiance to the quantifiable data on suicide, retention, recruitment, morale, job dissatisfaction, and sexual assault, Mabus argued that the anyone who opposed open homosexuality in the ranks (which most military leaders did) is “exactly the same flawed logic as those who had earlier opposed racial integration or gender integration, claiming that policies of inclusion would erode the war fighting capabilities of the United States. That’s a suggestion that is not only an insult to the professionalism of our armed forces, but it undermines our core values as service men and women and as Americans.”

Like the commander-in-chief, Mabus brushed by the internal crises and tried to paint a rosy picture of a military on the brink. Just as planes and carriers are falling apart, so too is the unity that was once the hallmark of U.S. Forces. But instead of addressing those concerns, the president’s political appointee spent most of yesterday’s event glossing over the major fallouts of the White House’s social engineering. “When we faced racial integration, when we integrated women into the service, when we repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ every time those changes were proposed — every time! — there were naysayers saying the force would be weakened and unit morale would be decreased. And yet the Navy, the Marines, the Army, the Air Force, the Coast Guard are the most powerful forces in the world today…” The president tried the same spin last week at the Air Force Academy. Unfortunately for both of them, ignoring the facts doesn’t make them go away.

And while the administration likes to say, as Mabus implied Wednesday, that “discriminate” has no place in America’s armed forces. Tell that to Christians, who are being shown the door the Pentagon opened to LGBT activists. Marginalizing faith has serious long-term consequences, as we learned 50 years ago in the public schools. Now the same thing is happening in the military, and what’s the result? We’re celebrating gay pride at the expense of American pride. And five years into this radical experiment, very few of our brave men and women would say that it’s been a positive one. Certainly not the 6,083 victims of sexual assault in 2015 — many of whom were men. “Declaring such behavior ‘normal’ may work for the political cowards in Washington and Hollywood,” Lt. Colonel (Ret) Bob Maginnis told the Washington Times, “but fails the straight-face test in Middle America.”

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Tony Perkins
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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