FRC gets Called Out by SLDN
The Service Members Defense League has gotten lots of publicity over their suit to overturn the DADT policy in federal court. Bay Windows has more.
The SLDN has called out the FRC. This is good.... This is exactly the debate we want to have. From the FRC Daily Bleating:
To: Friends of Family Research Council
From: Tony Perkins, President
December 9, 2004 - Thursday
Sexual Chaos in the Military
This week's news illustrates a perfect storm of sexual chaos that has descended upon virtually all institutions in American society--including the armed forces. First, a group of former service members sued to overturn the military's ban on homosexual conduct--a cause they believe was aided by an Army court decision overturning the criminal conviction of a soldier who engaged in a heterosexual sex act "in a military barracks." Meanwhile, the judge advocate general of the Air Force may lose his job for "fraternization" with various women, and sexual harassment and assaults are reported to be rampant at the Air Force Academy. All these stories suggest that Congress acted wisely when it codified the military ban on homosexual conduct on the grounds that putting people with sexual attractions to one another in conditions of "forced intimacy with little or no privacy" had the potential to undermine "morale, good order and discipline." The last thing the military needs right now is to inject yet more sexual tension into the ranks. The current crisis is a good illustration of what happens when you loosen the bonds which once limited legitimate sexual relations to the marriage of one man and one woman. (FRC Daily Bleating)
There's good reasons to prohibit fraternization in the military because that does undermine unit cohesiveness. However the FRC is not able to make their case that Gays shouldn't be allowed to serve. This policy actually puts military women at higher risk of sexual harrassment, because Lesbian baiting can be used as a means of sexual blackmail.
Allowing gays to serve openly in the military doesn't do anything to change the military rules about sexual harrassment.
I predict we will see more nonsense like this from the FRC Bleaters.... I've gotten Tom Prichard of the Minnesota Family Council on record saying that he believes there ought to be an oral sex exemption in the Minnesota Sodomy Law for married couples. I wonder if Prichard thinks there should be a similar exception in the sodomy provision of the UCMJ.