Monday, December 20, 2010

Conservatives Fear DADT Repeal Harms Religious Freedom....WTF?

One thing we can count on is that bigots will usually make themselves heard.  There are atheists in fox holes (Pat Tillman), but there aren't many wallflower bigots.  The rest of us have to be the unofficial bigot police, enforcing our own unwritten "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding bigotry.  The rule goes like this:  "You can think whatever you want.  You can feel however you want.  But when you say something that reeks of hatred or intolerance, it's our responsibility to point it out and ridicule it.  Especially when your voice makes a difference."

How in holy fuck does the repeal of DADT threaten the religious freedoms of Christians in the military, especially Chaplains?  Can anybody on the religious right explain this to me in a way that doesn't sound bigoted?  Cathy Lynn Grossman points out that "Chaplains care for all Service members, including those who claim no religious faith, facilitate the religious requirements of personnel of all faiths, provide faith-specific ministries, and advise the command," but, "A large number of military chaplains (and their followers) believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination, and that they are required by God to condemn it as such."  The Chaplains are afraid that if they preach against homosexuality, they'll be punished for "hate speech."  I wonder if Chaplains still speak out against interracial marriage?  I wonder if chaplains still speak out against divorce?  Aren't there already plenty of non-believers in the military?  They need to adapt to it, just like religion has always (reluctantly) adapted to society.

John McCain is really going crazy about this DADT repeal.  "Today is a very sad day," he said on Saturday before the Senate passed the legislation, calling it "great damage" to the military, despite the Pentagon's study suggesting otherwise.  I really hope this harms his career as much as it should, but we'll have to settle for knowing that it will be an ugly black mark on his legacy in the long run.             


  1. I'm not sure what McCain was thinking. Definitely the wrong issue to take a stand in.

  2. Why can't everyone just be a Christian?