Pen­tagon keeps LGBT pride; con­ser­va­tives say it’s a shame

Sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion goes on un­der Trump

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROWAN SCAR­BOR­OUGH

Con­ser­va­tive ac­tivists are ex­press­ing dis­ap­point­ment that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­tin­u­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion agenda for the mil­i­tary by, among other moves, host­ing an LGBT pride cel­e­bra­tion on Mon­day at the Pen­tagon.

Mr. Obama be­gan the spe­cial Pen­tagon event in 2012. The De­fense De­part­ment sent out a memo on June 2 say­ing the tra­di­tion would con­tinue and en­cour­ag­ing LGBT pride cel­e­bra­tions.

So­cial con­ser­va­tives were hop­ing such of­fi­cial LGBT gath­er­ings would be scaled back in fa­vor of more talk about com­bat readi­ness, not con­stant so­cial change within the ranks.

“The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion should dis­con­tinue fund­ing and di­rect­ing per­son­nel re­sources for spe­cial-in­ter­est events, in­clud­ing LGBT-Pride Month events in June, which do not strengthen mil­i­tary readi­ness,” said a state­ment by nearly 100 mem­bers of the Con­ser­va­tive Ac­tion Pro­ject.

Elaine Don­nelly, pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Mil­i­tary Readi­ness, said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is let­ting Obama holdovers at the De­fense De­part­ment dic­tate open poli­cies for the LGBT com­mu­nity.

“CMR has learned that Pres­i­dent Trump has not pro­claimed June to be LGBT Pride month, which is good news,” Mrs. Don­nelly said in a mes­sage to mem­bers. “Ac­tivists and Obama holdovers in the Pen­tagon, how­ever, are pro­ceed­ing any­way, as if the elec­tion never hap­pened.”

Said re­tired Army Lt. Gen. Wil­liam Boykin, a Delta Force com­bat­ant and so­cial con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist: “I was hop­ing that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion would put less em­pha­sis on ev­ery­thing that does not con­trib­ute di­rectly to en­hanced readi­ness and war fight­ing.”

Con­ser­va­tives’ yearn­ing for tra­di­tional fam­ily val­ues at the Pen­tagon was bol­stered by the ap­point­ment of former Marine Corps Gen. James Mat­tis as de­fense sec­re­tary. The no-non­sense field com­man­der had ex­pressed doubts about con­stant so­cial en­gi­neer­ing for a force that was sup­posed to fo­cus on win­ning wars.

But con­ser­va­tive hopes were dashed with the June 2 in-house news re­port whole­heart­edly en­dors­ing LGBT Pride Month and an­nounc­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

“The strug­gles, sac­ri­fices and suc­cesses among the LGBT com­mu­nity con­tinue to shape our his­tory and re­mind us to up­hold tol­er­ance and jus­tice for all,” said a memo from An­thony M. Kurta. He is a ca­reer fed­eral govern­ment ex­ec­u­tive who is fill­ing in as the Pen­tagon’s top per­son­nel un­der­sec­re­tary dur­ing a slowed process to get Mr. Trump’s man­age­ment team in place.

“Dur­ing the month of June, let us cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of the DoD work­force and reded­i­cate our­selves to eq­uity, dig­nity and re­spect for all,” Mr. Kurta said.

The Pen­tagon press ser­vice ar­ti­cle was is­sued with art­work: a pro-LGBT poster for 2017.

“Most con­ser­va­tives, and es­pe­cially the Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties, an­tic­i­pated Mr. Trump’s team would stop the so­cial en­gi­neer­ing wreck­ing ball Pres­i­dent Obama brought to the Pen­tagon,” said Robert Magin­nis, a se­nior fel­low at the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil.

Mr. Magin­nis, a re­tired Army of­fi­cer, wrote the book “Deadly Con­se­quences: How Cowards are Push­ing Women into Com­bat.”

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fail­ure to stop the cel­e­bra­tion of ho­mo­sex­ual vic­to­ries in our armed forces dis­ap­points many of those of us who ral­lied around Mr. Trump,” he said. “It could be Sec­re­tary Mat­tis and his team are too fo­cused on other im­por­tant is­sues to pay much at­ten­tion to re­vers­ing Obama’s wrong­headed so­cial en­gi­neer­ing train.”

At his con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, Mr. Mat­tis did not crit­i­cize the mil­i­tary’s far-reach­ing sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion. Mr. Obama opened the ranks to gays in 2011 and last year per­mit­ted trans­gen­der troops to stay in the mil­i­tary in­stead of fac­ing dis­charge. Mr. Mat­tis said his op­er­at­ing rule is not to change a pol­icy un­less some­one demon­strates it is caus­ing prob­lems.

The Con­ser­va­tive Ac­tion Pro­ject state­ment was signed by such noted con­ser­va­tives as Tony Perkins, pres­i­dent of the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil; L. Brent Bozell, pres­i­dent of the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter; Tea Party Na­tion founder Jud­son Phillips; and Amer­i­can Val­ues Pres­i­dent Gary L. Bauer.

“Con­ser­va­tive lead­ers strongly sup­port the prin­ci­ple of peace through strength and there­fore the need for im­me­di­ate ac­tion to re­turn the pri­or­ity of the De­part­ment of De­fense to restor­ing Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary readi­ness and end­ing costly and dis­tract­ing so­cial en­gi­neer­ing,” their state­ment said.

Matt Thorn, in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Out-Serve-SLDN, which aids LGBT troops, said the ob­ser­vance of pride month is sim­i­lar to des­ig­nat­ing spe­cific months to honor other groups.

“That’s al­ways the rhetoric that is go­ing to come out of the far right,” Mr. Thorn said. “The Pen­tagon in par­tic­u­lar is com­prised of women, African-Amer­i­cans, Lati­nos. The Pen­tagon cel­e­brates Black His­tory Month, Women’s His­tory Month, and cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tions that ser­vice mem­bers who come from di­verse back­grounds con­trib­uted to the mil­i­tary. They’re treat­ing LGBT peo­ple just like they would treat any­body else. I don’t see what the prob­lem is there.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TOGRAPHS

TO BE SEEN: Equal­ity March for Unity and Pride par­tic­i­pants passed the White House on Sun­day. So­cial con­ser­va­tives are dis­ap­pointed that the Pen­tagon has not ended its cel­e­bra­tion with Pres­i­dent Trump in of­fice.

DRESS CODE: Ser­vice mem­bers have been able to wear uni­forms at gay pride events since 2012.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A me­moran­dum from the De­fense De­part­ment to all mil­i­tary branches made an al­lowance for gay pride events in 2012, even though pol­icy gen­er­ally bars troops from march­ing in uni­form in pa­rades.

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