Leave it to OneNewsNow to start another “sky is falling” argument. From Fred Jackson’s An end to religious liberty in U.S. military?

In the wake of Saturday’s Senate vote to repeal the military’s ban against open homosexual expression in the military, a conservative legal group is warning that the religious liberty of Christian chaplains and Service members may be in jeopardy.

…The conservative legal group, Alliance Defense Fund, issued a statement after the vote saying “The Senate’s cave-in to pressure from activists to impose homosexual behavior on our military will place our troops’ religious liberties in unprecedented jeopardy. Indeed, the first official casualty of this hurried vote may well be the religious freedom of chaplains and Service members.”  ADF Litigation Counsel, Daniel Blomberg, went on to say ” no Americans, and especially not our troops, should be forced to abandon their religious beliefs.”

The ADF says it stands ready to defend Service members if they are ever unconstitutionally required to choose between “serving their country or obeying their God as a result of this damaging policy decision.” …

This closely follows the commentary by from a Robert A. Knight in the Washington Times from last July:

Forcing open homosexuality on the armed forces would destroy the volunteer military and bring back the compulsory draft. Since women are now deployed close to combat, and the only legal reason they are not eligible is their combat exemption, a new draft could include our daughters. And some would face pressure to have on-base abortions in order to complete their tours of duty.

Chaplains would be the first victims of Mr. Obama’s homosexualization of the military, followed by anyone who violated “zero tolerance” policies for homosexual acceptance. Bible-believing Christians would quickly find themselves unwelcome in Barney Frank’s new pansexual, cross-dressing military.

Other fallout includes family housing, reduction in retention, recruitment and unit cohesion, an increase in homosexual sexual assaults and a boost to overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Oh yes, the homosexual, crossdressing, transgender, and transsexual military will be the end of religious liberty. Haven’t we heard that argument before regarding other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues?

Let’s highlight  — Again! — what the religious right has said about how President Obama signing into law of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was supposed to result in the curtailing of religious right free speech.

• “[The House of Representatives approval of a “hate crimes” provision within the defense authorization bill] also sets us on a slippery slope toward serious infringements of the freedom of speech and freedom of religion. ‘Hate crime’ legislation will lay the legal foundation and framework for investigating, prosecuting and persecuting pastors, business owners, and anyone else whose actions reflect their faith.”

~Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

• “[F]reedoms are being lost.”

~Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in La Mesa, California

• “As has proved to be true in both Europe and Canada, this Orwellian piece of legislation is the direct precursor to freedom killing and speech chilling ‘hate speech’ laws.

“It represents a thinly veiled effort to ultimately silence – under penalty of law – morally, medically and biblically based opposition to the homosexual lifestyle.”

~Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel

• “This new federal law promotes two Orwellian concepts. It creates a special class of persons who are ‘more equal than others’ based on nothing more than deviant, sexual behavior. And it creates ‘thought crimes’ by criminalizing certain ideas, beliefs, and opinions, and the involvement of such ideas, beliefs, and opinions in a crime will make it deserving of federal prosecution.  

“Consequently, government officials are claiming the power to decide which thoughts are criminal under federal law and which are not.”

~Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel for the Thomas More Law Center

• “There are no ‘love crimes’ when it comes to violence. The reality is that so-called ‘hate crime’ laws are designed to punish people for what they think, feel, or believe.

“Violent crimes should be punished regardless of the characteristics of the victim. ‘Hate crime’ laws are an effort to enforce the orthodoxy of political correctness and to curtail freedom of speech.”

~Glen Lavy, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund

• “But ‘hate crime’ laws are unnecessary. Criminal acts are already illegal. What’s more, ‘hate crime’ laws violate the constitutional right to equal protection, create the un-American offense of “thought crime,” and abridge the freedoms of speech, religion and association.”

~Robert Knight and Lindsey Douthit for the Concerned Women For America

Let’s — Again! — hear mistruths and outright lies from many voices on the religious right regarding transsexual people, crossdressing people, and drag performers being able to sensationally and flamboyantly serve openly in the five military services should DADT be repealed…

…Beginning with Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. telling us to fret  about “transgender” and “hermaphrodites” in the military if DADT was repealed?

[More below the fold.]

NPR Interviewer: You are not in favor of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Why not?

Rep. Duncan Hunter: No, because I think that it’s bad for the cohesiveness and the unity of the military units. And, especially for those in close combat — in close quarters — in country right now. It’s not the time to do it. I think the military is not civilian life. I think the folks who have been in the military, that have been in those very close situations with each other — there has to be a special bond there. I think that bond is broken if you open up the military to transgenders; to hermaphrodites; to gays and lesbians.

NPR Interviewer: Transgenders and hermaphrodites.

Rep. Duncan Hunter: That’s going to be part of this whole thing. It’s not just gays and lesbians, it’s the whole gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community. If you’re going to let anybody in, no matter what preference — what sexual preference — they have, that means the military is going to probably let everybody in. It’s going to be like civilian life. And, I think that would be detrimental for the military.

Keith Kincaid of Accuracy In Media tell us that repealing DADT would result in “transgendered soldiers could demand access to therapy, hormone treatment and sexual reassignment surgery“? He also said in another Accuracy In Media piece:

The MASH television spectacle of Corporal Klinger wearing women’s dresses to get out of the military may now give way to the Pentagon actually permitting transgendered male soldiers to openly wear women’s military uniforms. This is what repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” could mean.

While some might scoff at the idea of transgendered soldiers ever serving in the Armed Forces, the transgendered are an essential component of the so-called LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community pushing repeal of the military’s homosexual exclusion policy.

Don’t forget that the Obama Administration has already claimed credit for the first openly transgendered appointee to the federal bureaucracy-a man/woman at the Commerce Department named…Amanda Simpson…

Let me just bullet point out some more “great” comments from folk on the religious right:

• From the Center For Military Readiness‘s Elaine Donnelly:

If [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] is repealed and the military cannot exercise “discrimination” based on sexual orientation in accepting applicants, gender-confused people will join in significant numbers, and have access to the military and veterans’ medical systems for their transgender operations. (The Palm Center recently posted a study on the transgender cause titled Summary and Analysis of the 2008 Transgender American Veterans Association Survey.) Defense and Veterans Affairs Department-funded medical coverage is a big deal for the TAVA.

A number of practical questions come to mind-where should “transitioning” individuals be housed-in the men’s quarters or the women’s? Who gets to decide what a person’s gender is-and when? And what about women who don’t want pre-surgical men sharing their private quarters, or families who are not comfortable with transgender people teaching their kids in DoD schools and child care centers-the largest institutions of their kind in the world? The opposition’s policy seems to be “don’t ask, don’t tell.

• From WorldNetDaily‘s David A. Noebel:

Now it’s 2010, and President Obama, a man steeped in radical left-wing politics and a kind of Students-for-a-Democratic-Society commander in chief, wants to allow “open” homosexuals in the United States military. Open homosexuality would have to include the GLBTQ gamut – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer. Lambda Legal and the ACLU will insist on it. And Sen. Lieberman already proposed on March 8 a bill “legalizing bisexual behavior in the U.S. Military.”

Allowing “gays in the military,” therefore, is misleading. Once gays are openly recruited and accepted in the military, their “cousins” will follow suit (lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexual, queer, etc.)…

…The United States is currently involved in two wars. Is the president out to destroy our military? Can any thinking American wish to see an “open” cross-dressing homosexual Army general trying to gain the trust of his troops (or for that matter, the nation)? Have we as a nation fallen so far that we need to apologize to Sodom?

• From WorldNetDaily‘s Mychal Massie:

Is cross-dressing in fatigues next?

• From an older OneNewsNow piece from Chad Groening:

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Florida) has introduced what he calls the “Honest and Open Testimony Act,” which would allow homosexual and transgender members of the military to openly testify in congressional hearings without fear of retribution. Under the 1993 law passed by Congress, such individuals are not eligible for military service in the first place — but due to Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” directive, they are able to serve as long as they do not reveal their sexual orientation.

• From Catholic Online‘s Keith A. Fournier:

The president of the ‘public interest’ group which is at the forefront of the homosexual equivalency movement, the Human Rights campaign, spoke out immediately after the Senate vote. Joe Solomese [SIC] proclaimed “this has been a long-fought battle, but this failed and discriminatory law will now be history”. They are clear about their goal in their motto “working for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender equal rights”.

In the brave new world of their making there are no givens, including being male or female. “Gender” will soon be “chosen” and there will be a legal “right” to that choice. The Human Rights campaign calls this “gender identity and expression”. They also call it a “right” and insist everyone recognize it. That is what “transgender rights” is all about.

• From American Thinker‘s Michael Filozof:

What will be the effect of the end of DADT? The short-term effects will probably be minimal. The military won’t be overrun by homosexuals anytime soon. It’s unlikely that very many gays, who constitute a tiny fraction of the population, want to serve in the military anyway. But the cultural shift in the military will be dramatic. The military will be forced to deal with issues like anti-gay discrimination (real or imagined), how to deal with transsexuals, gay marriage, and benefits for gay partners. There will be gay affirmative-action quotas, gay cliques and subcultures, and you can be sure that in the future, there’ll be some gay equivalent of the “Tailhook” scandal. A military that is in the process of losing it’s second decade-long war in Asia to ragtag insurgents needs none of this. But the military, with its “can-do” ethos, will deal with it.

Of course the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell isn’t going to result in transgender servicemembers being able to serve openly. Of course the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell isn’t going to result in the end of religious liberty. But let’s not reality get in the way of religious right talking points, okay? Emoticon: Eye Roll

Oh when oh when will the sky fall yet again? With the religious right and other cultural conservatives, I’m sure it’ll be sooner than later — it appears to me that they’ve a lot of Henny Penny‘s within the spokespeople of the religious right.



* Amanda Simpson Took A Job In The Commerce Department Last January! The Sky Is Still Falling!!

* What About “Transvestite Clothing” In The Military?

* With Federal Hate Crimes Legislation, The Sky Didn’t Fall. So, Why Would It Fall With ENDA?

* What Would The Repeal Of DADT Mean For Transgender Servicemembers?

* NCTE Warns Transgender Servicemembers Regarding DADT And Coming Out Trans


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