Reasonable person Tony Perkins, whose Focus on the Family hatemongering has found a home at Tucker Carlon’s The Daily Caller, raises reasonable fears: If we repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and lose all those homophobic straight soldiers, Obama is going to have to bring back the draft! Lord.
Let the ridiculous thinking go forth!
Barack Obama is opposed to the draft as a matter of principle, to be sure. So are most politicians in both parties. But the president’s drive to repeal the ban on open homosexuality in the military could have this unintended consequence: It could bring back the draft.
The deeply flawed “survey” of current members of our all-volunteer military should not lull policymakers into a false sense of security. Or, in this instance, a false sense of national security. The survey assumes Congress will roll over for the administration. It assumes homosexuals will be serving openly in the services and asks benign questions of respondents about how they intend to deal with it.
The survey presumes that homosexuality is like skin color. Well, it’s not. You can easily have a neighbor in military housing of a different race. That presents no problem for your military family. But if the neighbors are a same-sex couple, then your family is affected in a very serious way. You must explain to your children that their beliefs and deeply-held values about marriage, about questions of religious faith, must be suppressed.
[...] Opposition voices will be stifled, as mine was when I was disinvited as a speaker for an Air Force prayer luncheon. I had no intention of speaking about that issue. No matter. I was on record as one who supports the current law of the United States! All of these undesirable outcomes will cause a sharp reduction in recruitment. We have a top general and admiral who now say, outrageously: If you don’t like it, “get out!” They are asking for an exodus.
Ah yes, the typical “it’s not homophobia, it’s national security” argument. That it comes from a Marines Corps veteran isn’t just sad, isn’t an insult to the brave men and women who want to tell Perkins to where he can shove his bayonet.