In a sign of things to come, a top-ranking U.S. Army official has compared Bible-believing
Christians to racists and suggested that they don't belong in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Washington Times reports that Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick recently branded those
who oppose the inclusion of active homosexuals in the U.S. military as bigots.
Lt. Gen. Bostick is the deputy chief of staff in the U.S. Army in charge of personnel
matters. In remarks to several hundred troops at the European Command headquarters
in Stuttgart, Germany, Bostick said that "we have a minority of service members
who are still racists and bigoted and you will never be able to get rid of all of
Bostick defended President Obama's push to open the military to avowed homosexuals,
saying: "No matter how much training [there is] of those in opposition, you're
always going to have those that oppose this on moral and religious grounds just
like you still have racists today. But these people opposing this new policy will
need to get with the program, and if they can't, they need to get out."
Bostick is now denying that he made such comments, yet the Washington Times says
they have multiple sources for the quote. Bostick's career in the service has included
major leadership positions in military recruiting, having previously served as Commanding
General of the United States Army Recruiting Command.
Bostick's comments crystallize the debate which will begin on Tuesday in the United
States Senate on the annual Defense Department Authorization bill. That bill includes
an amendment adopted in the Senate Armed Service Committee which would repeal federal
law and the military's longstanding policy prohibiting active homosexuals from participation
in the United States Armed Services.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pushed to win final passage of the repeal,
which has already been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. Reid recently
pledged to Hollywood celebrity Lady Gaga that he would obtain a vote this week to
pave the way for homosexuals in the military.
Congress adopted legislation in 1993 codifying longstanding military policy on the
subject of homosexuality. The Congressional action followed an exhaustive study
by a Military Working Group that decisively concluded that inclusion of active
homosexuals in the armed forces would have a highly negative impact on military
readiness, recruitment, and retention.
The Washington Times points out that the military's long-standing policy on homosexual
conduct "is rooted in the principles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which
also forbids adulterous conduct among heterosexuals insofar "as it undermines the
good order and discipline of the armed forces." The Washington Times editors argue
that "the reason for the military's existence is to win battles and wars, not to
ensure feelings aren't hurt or to serve as a playground for social experimentation."
Tommy Sears, executive director of the Center for Military Readiness, says that
repeal of the law on homosexuality will result in harsh discipline for those who
oppose it. "There will be no toleration of dissent. If for whatever reason you
disagree, whether it's religious conviction or personal objection, your career
in essence will be over."
Earlier this year, a group of retired military chaplains sent a letter to President
Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates deploring the proposed change. Their letter
said: "Opposition to normalizing sinful behavior is deeply rooted in our theology,
and that opposition will come to a sharp head if armed forces compel affirmation
of homosexual conduct...If the government normalizes homosexual behavior in the
armed forces, many (if not most) chaplains will confront a profoundly difficult
moral choice: whether they are to obey God or to obey men."
The chaplains added, "By raising homosexual behavior to the same protected status
as innate characteristics like race and gender, the armed forces will cast the sincerely
held beliefs of many chaplains and Service members as rank bigotry comparable to
racism." Lt. Gen. Bostick's comments make it clear that that is already happening.
The amendment to lower the moral standards in the U.S. Military is not the only
anti-family and anti-Christian provision inserted into the Defense Department authorization
bill. The legislation also includes an amendment sponsored by Senator Roland Burris
of Illinois which would require that abortions be performed at U.S. military installations.
Current federal law prohibits abortions at military hospitals except in cases of
rape, incest, or when the mother's life is in danger. Supporters of the change
argue that it will not result in taxpayers paying for abortions because women will
be required to pay for the abortions themselves. Yet the fact remains that the
doctors who will be recruited to perform the abortions and the facilities where
they will be performed are financed by taxpayers.
Prior to the adoption by Congress in 1996 of a federal ban on abortions at military
facilities, President Clinton attempted to authorize elective abortions at military
bases through an executive order. His efforts went nowhere as military physicians
and uniformed medical personnel refused to participate in the destruction of preborn
children. The Obama administration has worked to remove conscience protections established
by the Bush Administration for medical personnel who morally object to the practice
Dr. Gene Rudd, senior vice president of the Christian Medical Association, says
repeal of the ban on military abortions would place physicians in the military in
a no-win situation. "[This change] will place military physicians with life-honoring
convictions in the unenviable position of either disobeying orders, abandoning their
conscience, or seeking objector status."
Denise Burke, Vice-President of Legal Affairs for Americans United for Life, says
that the practice of abortions at U.S. military bases would lead to a demand for
taxpayer-funded abortions nationwide. "Abortion advocates will almost certainly
argue that American servicewomen, as a result of taxpayer subsidization, have better
and more comprehensive access to abortion than their civilian counterparts and that
this 'inequity' must be addressed. Their preferred weapon to counter this perceived
injustice will be taxpayer-funded abortions across the board and more money in the
coffers of abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood."
We strongly urge you to contact your U.S. Senators immediately to urge their opposition
to the homosexualization of the U.S. Armed Services and the use of taxpayer funds
to kill unborn children on U.S. military bases.
You can contact your U.S.
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