President of Center for Military Readiness, Elaine Donnelly says Americans “expect the Bush Administration to implement military personnel policies that reflect sound priorities, not social engineering”.

I added the quotes to “expert” in the headline, BTW, because the assessment by fundy American Family Association’s “news” organ of what an expert is on this issue is questionable. (Agape Press):

A military watchdog says she is skeptical about a recent survey that found 63 percent of Americans favor allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, believes the Gallup poll results came about because too many Americans believe homosexuals are already allowed to serve in the military. “The fact that there is any support at all, or any apparent support for open homosexuality in the military, I’m sure, has a lot to do with the fact that people think that is the situation right now,” she says.

Donnelly says she learned how polls can be influenced by pre-conceived notions when she worked with the Roper Center for Public Policy Research in 1992. “They showed us in a very scientific way,” she notes, “how you can determine just how much of a given figure is a reflection of people believing a situation already exists, and those that do not. If they believe a situation is not already the case, then their opinions shift quite a bit.”

Unfortunately, the CMR spokeswoman says, most Americans are ignorant of the law which currently prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military. And, she contends, there is at least one good reason why so many people already think that homosexual men and lesbian women serve openly in the military: “Most news reports report it that way,” she says.

I don’t know what she is smoking. Who doesn’t know gays are banned from openly serving?

Pam Spaulding

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