First: HAHAHAH. Now that we’ve got that out of our system …
This argument comes from retired Maj. General Charles Baldwin, who until last year served as the Air Force’s chief of chaplains, and was among the signatures on a letter to President Obama asking him to keep DADT in place. (No matter that at least one name on that list never agreed to sign the letter, while other folks who did … are dead.)
Baldwin’s stance goes like this: “[T]o repeal the law would be to show great disrespect for the religious convictions of the great majority of the people in the military. Because Christians, Muslims, Jews have as basic part of their faith that this is an immoral lifestyle.”
That argument is contingent on 1) all soldiers who identify as Jewish, Christian, etc. believing their faith dictates whether they treat gays as human beings; 2) all soldiers actually being of these faiths; and, here’s the big whopper, 3) that the U.S. military gives a shit what its soldiers believe in.
Because they don’t.
Military officials remind us time and again that Section 654 of the U.S. Code stipulates the military is a “specialized society” that is “fundamentally different from civilian life.”
What this actually means: Get over your civil liberties, cadet, and fall in line.
No, the Army isn’t going to take a soldier’s Bible away, but it also could care less about anyone’s personal convictions or faith. Doesn’t God tell us “thou shall not kill“? Turns out the military doesn’t have much room for that personal belief. So any notion that repealing DADT would somehow infringe on soldiers’ religious beliefs — and that the military is even concerned with that — is a farce.