The Obama administration announced Friday that it was ready to “certify” the repeal of the 1993 “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” statute, which would allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military 60 days after certification of the repeal.
Robert Knight, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, told CNSNews.com, “I think the word ‘reckless’ best describes the Obama administration’s rush to introduce open homosexuality into the nation’s armed forces.”
“This process has been rife with dishonesty, junk science, media manipulation and contempt for our men and women serving in harm’s way,” said Knight. “The misrepresentation of the personnel survey was a masterpiece of deception.”
The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” certified by the Pentagon Friday to allow gays to openly serve in the military, threatens religious freedom of troops and chaplains and appears to be groundless as records supposedly justifying the move remain secret, Christian legal group Alliance Defense Fund said.“Our troops’ religious liberties are in unprecedented jeopardy because the government has caved in to pressure from small groups of activists to impose homosexual and bisexual behavior on our military,” ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Daniel Blomberg said in a statement Friday.
The ADF statement came just after the Obama administration cleared the last hurdle in ending the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. The ban will end after the 60-day waiting period, on September 20.
MILITARY | President Obama certifies the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ allowing homosexuals to serve openly | Edward Lee Pitts
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and top military officials late Friday afternoon certified the repeal of the long-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The long-expected certification means Obama and his military team believe that military readiness would not be harmed by ending the 18-year-old ban on homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces.
“As commander in chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention, and military effectiveness,” the president said in a statement.
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The problem is dire. Exacerbated by back-to-back tours of duty in a war environment where enemy combatants are often indistinguishable from civilians and every passing vehicle a potential car bomb, up to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war vets are currently struggling with PTSD,according to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a chaplain he convened Bible studies and prayer meetings and did one-on-one counseling. Now he has a new task: working to protect the freedom that makes a chaplain’s job possible.