It's the chaplains. The men of God.
"There is very clearly a concern out there by chaplains, that they would somehow be treated adversely if they held or espoused religious views that were contrary to the government's view if the law is repealed."Big surprise. According to this CNN report, we once again find that the religious leaders, the ones who are supposed to be spreading God's word of infinite love, tolerance and acceptance, and spreading Jesus' message of forgiveness, are instead leading the charge in the battle against gay rights. They're at the forefront of intolerance and discrimination.
–General Carter Ham, Director of Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"We believe that normalizing homosexual conduct in the armed forces will pose a significant threat to chaplains' and service members' religious liberty."Take careful note of how this is worded. The chaplains don't say, "repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell," or "allowing homosexuals to serve openly." No, they deliberately use the inflammatory phrase, "normalizing homosexual conduct." The word "normalize" makes it clear that homosexuality is abnormal, a perversion, and "conduct" makes it seem like it's a choice of lifestyle, that gays and lesbians are merely conducting themselves in an abnormal way.
– letter from chaplain's group to President Obama
"The reason we were against the repeal is simply because of moral issues. ... I fear that down the road, knowing the other agenda items that are on the plate of those who are promoting the homosexual lifestyle ... a chaplain would be restricted from proclaiming their faith tenets."Once again, note the use of "homosexual lifestyle," as if it's merely a choice like the decision to become a vegetarian.
– Army Chaplain Douglas Lee (ret.)
We're supposed to be a secular nation where religion has no place in government and vice versa. But in reality, the anti-homosexual policies of the United States Armed Forces are nothing more than religious discrimination that's been injected into our government by intolerant, homophobic Christians. DADT is an embarrassing blemish on the government's policies for our wonderful armed forces, and it's religion's fault.
America's younger generation is trying to leave homophobia behind.
(P.S. About the title ... Yes, I know Christians claim to "love the sinner, hate the sin." Keep it to yourself. I don't buy it. Nobody who felt true love for another human being would deny that person love and happiness.)