Best de­fense was a su­pe­rior moral of­fense

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Once again, as in 2008, Sen. John McCain has led con­ser­va­tives over a cliff. Both de­feats were a re­sult of a con­scious de­ci­sion to uni­lat­er­ally dis­arm morally and al­low spu­ri­ous claims to go un­chal­lenged.

When an op­po­nent ad­vances by as­sert­ing moral author­ity, it’s pow­er­ful even when wrong, as just oc­curred in the Se­nate vote to over­turn the mil­i­tary’s ban on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. The most ef­fec­tive de­fense is a su­pe­rior moral of­fen­sive. That did not hap­pen.

To his credit, the vet­eran sol­dier Mr. McCain, Ari­zona Repub­li­can, took up the cause. But weeks ago, he in­sisted that the de­bate be limited to com­bat readi­ness (a good ar­gu­ment, but in iso­la­tion, not a win­ning hand), pro­ce­dure and tim­ing. Even some pro-fam­ily groups bought into self-cen­sor­ship. And the con­ser­va­tive talk show hosts were for the most part AWOL. That’s why the moral in­ver­te­brates that pop­u­late some of the GOP lead­er­ship re­frained from mak­ing a clear case. They also failed to ex­am­ine the core is­sue — ho­mo­sex­ual be­hav­ior, and its im­pact on morale, health, dis­ci­pline and the free­doms of sol­diers to dis­agree.

Con­trast this with the GOP’s un­ex­pected de­feat of Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid’s om­nibus spend­ing bill. Now, there’s some­thing they got pas­sion­ate about — money. But when it came to pro­tect­ing our ser­vice­men and women, the ral­ly­ing cry was ba­si­cally “run out the clock.”

In­stead of us­ing the mil­i­tary de­bate to bring to light many sup­pressed facts that could crip­ple the ho­mo­sex­ual jug­ger­naut if Amer­i­cans only knew, they played by their op­po­nents’ rule book.

In “Af­ter the Ball,” a 1989 gay-strat­egy man­ual, two Har­vard-trained pub­lic re­la­tions ex­perts warn that “the pub­lic should not be shocked and re­pelled by pre­ma­ture ex­po­sure to ho­mo­sex­ual be­hav­ior it­self. In­stead, the im­agery of sex per se should be down­played, and the is­sue of gay rights re­duced, as far as pos­si­ble, to an ab­stract so­cial ques­tion.” Else­where, the au­thors say, “first, you get your foot in the door by be­ing as sim­i­lar as pos­si­ble; then and only then . . . can you start drag­ging in your other pe­cu­liar­i­ties, one by one. You ham­mer in the wedge nar­row end first . . . al­low the camel’s nose be­neath your tent, and his whole body will soon fol­low.”

With Democrats and turn­coats like Sen. Su­san Collins, Maine Repub­li­can, and Sen. Scott Brown, Mas­sachusetts Repub­li­can, falsely fram­ing mil­i­tary ser­vice as a “civil right,” the fo­cus re­mained off be­hav­ior and moral­ity. Hap­less de­fend­ers such as Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss, Ge­or­gia Repub­li­can, fell back to say­ing things like “this is not the time to do this,” as if there ever were a good time to turn the U.S. mil­i­tary into a gay mecca with zero tol­er­ance for chap­lains and any­one else who dis­agrees.

Moral ar­gu­ments against re- peal were AWOL dur­ing Satur­day’s clo­ture de­bate. All the moral pos­tur­ing was on the side of re­peal. Sen. Joe Lieber­man, Con­necti­cut In­de­pen­dent, even had the gall to cite the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence in sup­port of open ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in our mil­i­tary. That was nearly up there with Barack Obama in­vok­ing Je­sus and the Ser­mon on the Mount in 2008 to sup­port ho­mo­sex­ual civil unions.

When Cen­ter for Mil­i­tary Readi­ness Pres­i­dent Elaine Don­nelly at a 2009 House hear­ing tried to in­tro­duce the re­al­ity of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in the bar­racks and other in­ti­mate en­vi­rons, she was jeered re­peat­edly by vi­ciously rude con­gress­men who fol­lowed the gay rule­book. As is typ­i­cal, Ms. Don­nelly’s brav­ery drew vir­tu­ally no de­fense from Repub­li­cans on the com­mit­tee. She was then mocked the next day in one of Washington Post colum­nist Dana Milbank’s fun­house-mir­ror treat­ments.

Here are some more cards Repub­li­cans re­fused to play:

All ma­jor re­li­gions teach the pri­macy of sex be­tween hus­bands and wives and the im­moral­ity of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. En­forc­ing ac­cep­tance of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity may en­dear us to the weak sis­ters of Western Europe, but it puts the United States mil­i­tary in con­flict with uni­ver­sal moral tra­di­tions. Be­tween this and Hollywood, it shouldn’t be hard for our en­e­mies to make an even stronger case that we’re “the Great Satan.”

Flawed sci­ence has been mis­used might­ily. From Al­fred Kin­sey’s fraud­u­lent re­search in the 1940s to UCLA Prof. Eve­lyn Hooker’s cooked psy­cho­log­i­cal stud­ies in the late 1950s to mis­re­ported “ge­netic” stud­ies of the 1990s, the pub­lic has been brow­beaten into ig­nor­ing bi­ol­ogy, com­mon sense and thou­sands of years of moral teach­ing about hu­man sex­u­al­ity. The ob­vi­ous threat to the mil­i­tary blood sup­ply. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, men who have sex with men are 44 times more likely to have HIV and 46 more times to have syphilis. Even if gay men en­ter the ser­vices test­ing neg­a­tively, they’re go­ing to have sex in the most likely pool in which to be­come in­fected.

Data com­piled by the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil show­ing that ho­mo­sex­u­als com­mit a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of sex­ual as­saults in the mil­i­tary, even with the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” pol­icy.

It’s im­por­tant to em­pha­size that this bat­tle is not over. For ex­am­ple, state Del­e­gate Robert G. Mar­shall, Vir­ginia Repub­li­can, has in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion in­struct­ing the Vir­ginia Na­tional Guard to bar ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. That should spur sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion.

Vir­ginia Col. Richard Black, U.S. Army re­tired, who was chief of the Army’s crim­i­nallaw di­vi­sion and who com­piled a list of 100 cases of ho­mo­sex­ual mis­con­duct, said, “Congress must amend Ar­ti­cle 125, UCMJ, to per­mit con­sen­sual sodomy, which is now a se­ri­ous crime. Oth­er­wise, an in­tractable con­flict would re­main be­tween reg­u­la­tion and law.

“The statu­tory ban im­posed by 10 USC 654 [the 1993 law passed by Congress and wa­tered down to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”] was rel­a­tively new, dat­ing back to the Clin­ton pres­i­dency. How­ever, Gen. Ge­orge Washington first in­sti­tuted the ban in the Con­ti­nen­tal Army in 1778 by drum­ming out those who en­gaged in acts of sodomy. The ho­mo­sex­ual ban has been main­tained ever since. Obama breaks a 232-year mil­i­tary pol­icy.”

A more con­ser­va­tive Congress should re­store the law. At some point, Amer­ica’s tem­po­rary plunge into moral in­san­ity must end, or it will be the end of this self-gov­ern­ing re­pub­lic that God has blessed so richly — up to now.

Robert Knight is a se­nior writer for Co­ral Ridge Min­istries.

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