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MILITARY: Don’t repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Letter by Vincent A. Wagner, University Place on May 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm with 3 Comments »
May 28, 2010 9:32 am

Re: “Ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will be worth the wait” (editorial, 5-26).

History and common sense have proved for more than 200 years that open homosexuality destabilizes the military and weakens military readiness. The military’s mission is to keep America safe first and foremost. The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will severely compromise our military’s mission to keep America safe.

A strong military has strong unit cohesion, order, discipline and morale. The push to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” is nothing more than a political charade that insults the military, compromises our national security and shows contempt for the traditional military family. The military is not the place to force a radical, pro-homosexual social engineering experiment on our culture.

Repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will have a direct and harmful impact on military recruitment, retention and readiness. How many will enlist to die for political correctness? Repeal will create a special class of soldier within the military not because of who they are, but because of what they do.

The push to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” is nothing more than a feeble attempt to equate homosexual relationships with traditional relationships and puts our nation’s military at the mercy of a politically correct agenda. It will criminalize the religious liberty rights of soldiers and military chaplains to openly speak about God’s design for sexuality, marriage and family.

Most importantly, it will force soldiers of faith to share close quarters with homosexuals that will certainly increase sexual tensions.

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  1. beerBoy says:

    History and common sense have proved for more than 200 years that open homosexuality destabilizes the military and weakens military readiness.

    Then it shouldn’t be difficult for you to “prove” that open homosexuality has destablized a military and weakened military readiness by citing three cases from the past 200 years.

    I suggest you look at the countries that currently allow for open homosexuality in the service and have strong militaries…..like Israel, the UK, Russia….

  2. beerBoy says:

    Most importantly, it will force soldiers of faith to share close quarters with homosexuals that will certainly increase sexual tensions.

    Where to start with that statement…….are you afraid that “soldiers of faith” will be led astray if they “share close quarters” which will lead to an “increase in sexual tensions”?

    Are you suggesting that “soldiers of faith” stay straight only because they keep their distance from homosexuals?

  3. I am surprised that you bring up 200 years as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” only became the policy in the mid 1990’s. Are you unaware that one of the generals that helped to establish this nation was openly gay, Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben of the Continental Army. He served as inspector general and Major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He wrote the Revolutionary War Drill Manual utilized by the army until 1812, and served as General George Washington’s chief of staff in the final years of the war.

    By suggesting that our military members are so unprofessional that the mere presence of an open homosexual would be deleterious to their battle readiness is simply insulting. Our service members are professionals who deserve our respect.

    With regards to the idea that religion has something to do with service, I wonder if you fully understand the commitment that these service members are making. The only place for their respective religions is in their heart and on their dog-tags.

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