Religious Right Continues “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Demagoguery
Repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which Congress passed and President Obama signed in December, was officially implemented yesterday. Gay and lesbian veterans and military personnel, along with allies who fought to end discrimination against them, rejoiced. Among the most moving reactions was a gay service member coming out to his father and posting the video:
On the other hand, those who fought tooth and nail to preserve the military’s policy of discrimination against LGBT people marked the occasion by doubling down on the misinformation they used to oppose repeal during the Congressional debate last year. The Family Research Council responded with a litany of incendiary charges (and nary a link or footnote to back them up):
Expect to see celebrations from homosexual groups and fawning stories in the media about how “the sky has not fallen.” That’s only because there will be no press releases from the new victims of sexual harassment or assault, the soldiers exposed to HIV-tainted blood, the thousands of servicemembers who choose not to reenlist rather than forfeit their freedom of speech and religion, and the untold number of citizens who choose never to join the military. It’s clear this President is more interested in appeasing sexual revolutionaries than in fighting America’s enemies.
And the Religious Right doesn’t have public opinion on their side — people of faith overwhelmingly supported ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.