Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins is worried that last week’s votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) could push God-fearing Christians and military chaplains out of the military and encourage disease-ridden “homosexuals” to transform the institution into a gay Mecca. Writing on CNN.com, Perkins argues that repealing DADT would usher in an unconstitutional “left-wing social dogma”:
Some people think allowing open homosexuality in the military means nothing more than opening a door that was previously closed. It means much more than that. It would mean simultaneously ushering out the back door anyone who disapproves of homosexual conduct, whether because of legitimate privacy and health concerns or because of moral or religious convictions….all 1.4 million members of the U.S. military will be subject to sensitivity training intended to indoctrinate them into the myths of the homosexual movement [...]
For no other offense than believing what all the great monotheistic religions have believed for all of history, some service members will be denied promotion, will be forced out of the service altogether, or will simply choose not to reenlist. Other citizens will choose not to join the military in the first place. The numbers lost will dwarf the numbers gained by opening the ranks to practicing homosexuals…..But overturning the American military’s centuries-old ban on homosexual conduct, codified in a 1993 law, would mean placing sexual libertinism – a destructive left-wing social dogma found nowhere in the Constitution – above religious liberty, our nation’s first freedom.
Following Thursday’s vote, the right wing — which had gone off the rails last week — has remained relatively subdued, undoubtedly re-grouping for the fight on the Senate floor.
The anti-gay Center for Military Readiness (CMR) has declared Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen to be “derelict” in his duties, for conveying “views from the president on down rather [than] from the other service chiefs on up.” Similarly, the anti-gay blog Americans for Truth About Homosexuality posted an op-ed criticizing conservative media for failing to engage “in the fight to stop our Armed Forces from becoming the next ’battlefield’ for Sexual Correctness.”