CREWS: Homosexuals in the military demand special privileges Toleration doesn’t cut both ways By Col. Ron Crews

Posted: October 4, 2012 in This N That
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The American armed forces exist to defend our nation, not to conduct social  science lab experiments in which our troops serve as human subjects. Try telling  that to this administration.

The first anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sept. 20, has  come and gone. Now, there is mounting evidence that proves our warnings were not  idle chatter. The threat to freedom posed by this radical sexual experiment on  our military is real: It is grave and it is growing.

Activists inside and outside our government who pushed the repeal have  deployed a smoke screen around the fact that once the military was forced to  exalt homosexuality in the ranks, the all-too-foreseen consequence reared its  ugly head.

Senior military officials have allowed personnel in favor of repeal to speak  to media while those who have concerns have been ordered to be silent. Two  airmen were publicly harassed in a Post Exchange food court as they were  privately discussing their concerns about the impact of repeal. A chaplain was  encouraged by military officials to resign his commission unless he could “get  in line with the new policy,” demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s  religious viewpoint. Another chaplain was threatened with early retirement, and  then reassigned to be more “closely supervised” because he had expressed  concerns with the policy change, again demonstrating no tolerance for that  chaplain’s religious viewpoint.

At an officer training service school, a male serviceman sexually harassed  another male serviceman through text messages, emails, phone calls and in-person  confrontations. The harassing male insisted the two would “make a great couple.” The harassed serviceman reported the harassment, but the command failed to take  disciplinary action.

Service members engaged in homosexual behavior protested a service school’s  open-door policy for all students that prohibited the closing of room doors for  the purpose of hiding sexual behavior. The protesters claimed that they had a  right to participate in sexual behavior with their same-sex roommates.

A senior chaplain was stripped of his authority over the chapel under his  charge because, in accordance with federal law, he proclaimed the chapel to be a “sacred space” where marriage ceremonies would only be between one man and one  woman.

The Navy has allowed sailors openly engaged in homosexual behavior to choose  their bunkmates. Imagine in this new age of “tolerance” if a sailor asked to be  moved from a close-quarters berthing area because of his concern about another  sailor’s sexual appetites. We already know what would happen, because tolerance  has never been a two-way street.

Obviously, the recent “study” (aka propaganda) claiming that the repeal went  off without a hitch should be shredded post-haste. It has no connection to  reality.

This is just the first wave in the first year of the assault on the  constitutionally protected freedom of our service members. Remember, the groups  that forced their sexual experiment on the armed forces represent the lesbian,  homosexual, bisexual and transgender community. It’s only a matter of time  before a man who claims to be transgender demands to be placed with women during  training, in the showers and in the barracks. The women in the units will have  no recourse, especially if their objection to living, changing, bathing and  bunking with a man is based on sincerely held religious beliefs. They would have  two choices: Either accept this outrageous imposition silently or be charged  with bigotry, hatred, intolerance and every other name the advocates of this  agenda can throw at them. Neither choice is acceptable. When “sensitivity  training” is in full force, these women just might face discipline and punitive  separation merely for speaking up and requesting a reasonable measure of privacy  and protection of their religious freedom.

This outrageous social science lab experiment could have been easily  prevented. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty has worked closely with  members of Congress to enact legislation, which  has already passed the House, to protect freedom of conscience for chaplains and  those they serve.

Even more outrageous is that we have to ask Congress to protect freedom of conscience for  chaplains and those who serve in the military. The fact that Congress  excluded a religious freedom protection amendment (authored in partnership with  Alliance Defending Freedom), to the repeal sends a clear message that our  current leadership does not consider, much less respect, the constitutional  implications of their actions while they bow in allegiance to the powerful and  aggressive lobby of those who supported the repeal.

Col. Ron Crews, a retired Army chaplain, is executive director for  Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

CREWS: Homosexuals in the military demand special privileges – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/25/homosexuals-in-the-military-demand-special-privile/#ixzz28Nk2ikQh Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

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