As the House Armed Services Committee prepares to hold hearings on the implementation of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) repeal, House Republicans and potential GOP presidential contenders continue to voice their support for bringing back the ban against open service. And of all the right-wing spokespeople, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association has been most vocal and effective in building opposition to the change — pushing Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and Haley Barbour (R-MS) to publicly endorse reinstating the ban, despite the overwhelming opposition of the American people.
Yesterday, Fischer — whose organization has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — posted a new piece warning that unless DADT is reinstated, children could be taught by openly-gay teachers:
And what about families who rely on on DoD schools for their children’s education? If LGBT personnel teach and pro-gay indoctrination is allowed in military-run classrooms, does the DoD have any way of determining how many families will choose not to re-enlist because of this? If pro-marriage service-members want educational alternatives because of LGBT curricula in DoD classrooms, will alternatives be provided, or will they be forced to suffer the brainwashing of their children as long as they serve?
The GOP candidates have yet to endorse this line of argumentation, but they have all previously agreed with Fischer that the next President must bring the country back to its Christian roots and have generally accepted his premise that gay people are harmful to society.
Newt Gingrich dismissed the idea of outlawing gay teachers in public schools in 2005, but on Monday he wholeheartedly defended the AFA as a “Christian” organization. “You bring a series of allegations that I can’t check about a group that is largely a Christian based membership group,” he said when I read to him a series of anti-gay statements made by Fischer.