Don't Ask, Don't Tell


I'm pleased that on Friday the House of Representatives approved a plan to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.  This is another step toward doing away - entirely - with legislated discrimination.
There is of course a move, both inside and outside the military, to discourage this action - sadly, and predictably, it comes from religious leaders appealing to "Orthodoxy."
      (CNN) - Hours before the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a measure that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a group of pastors, priests and rabbis gathered in the Capitol to encourage lawmakers to retain the ban on gays in the military.
      The group opened the press conference with prayer, asking for God to bless their efforts and to soften the hearts of senators and congressmen to their position.
      Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who co-sponsored the presser, said repealing "don't ask, don't tell" could undermine the religious liberties of those serving in the military, particularly military chaplains.
      “You have over 200 sponsoring organizations that may be prevented from sponsoring chaplains because they hold orthodox Christian views that will be in conflict with what the military says is stated policy,” said Perkins.
I think it should be noted that in my opinion, in this context, "Orthodox" should probably be capitalized or not used, because the generic meaning of the word is "right thinking" or "true thinking."  I don't mean to limit usage to specifically Orthodox Chuches, but to a "brand" of orthodoxy that is rooted in liturgical church tradition.  This is because the "rightness" or "trueness" of this issue is highly subjective and vehemently debated within Christian circles - which is fine.  And "Orthodoxy" as it relates specifically to HISTORICALLY-Orthodox Christian teaching seems an appropriate identifier.  But I don't believe historical Christian Orthodoxy has the right, the biblical foundation or the moral standing to dictate what is objectively orthodox (the Holy Spirit, on the other hand…)
Well, it will continue to be an interesting sequence of conversations and events.  I find it sad that, conservative or not, any Christian or person of faith would find it "in conflict" with their faith to SERVE alongside an LGBTQ person.  Really?  It's not enough for you to believe differently and live your life differently?  You can't align yourself in common endeavors?  What about serving food to the homeless?  No, not with a queer?  How about putting out a fire in a burning building?  No, can't align there?  What about praying to Jesus?  No?  Their prayer "taints" yours?
This is sad religon, defined by its smallness and by its moral fragility.

7 comments:

tmamone said...

It's about damn time!

Tobias said...

Amen, brother!

Existential Punk said...

Sad to think i taint people! ;)

Peter said...

Adele, you just said "taint" ;)

WKen said...

Religious liberty?

Really?

In what way does the presence of homosexuals affect anyone else's religious liberty?

Not at all ... but that's not the point. Rather, the point is to get people's hackles raised. To pretend that Christians are persecuted.

Jesse Turri said...

"repealing "don't ask, don't tell" could undermine the religious liberties of those serving in the military, particularly military chaplains."

Wow. Ministering to and blessing troops as they go off to kill our "enemies" is OK and permitted by the Chistian faith, but serving with gay people undermines religious liberties? WHAT?!?!?!

WKen said...

In that case, shouldn't we also ban from the military women with short hair, people who drink, married women (who should, of course, be at home with the kids), anyone who uses God's name in vain, anyone having sex outside of marriage, female officers (because there are fundies who think that no woman should ever tell any man what to do), etc., etc., etc.?

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