"A federal court has again reinstated the U.S. military’s policy against open homosexuals in service. While military chaplains are “hopeful” the policy will stay in place, some have been told they should “just get out” if the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is repealed.
On Monday two of the three judges on the panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted a judge’s order which forbade the enforcement of the U.S. military’s policy against open homosexuals in the armed forces.
...Asked about reports that active chaplains can be accused of insubordination if they publicly oppose changes to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the ADF attorney said that the servicemen have been informed through their chain of command that “they should not be commenting on this at this time.”
“One chaplain stood up in a high-level meeting created precisely for the purpose of getting service members’ thoughts on the repeal of the policy. And he asked ‘What should chaplains do? What should people of faith do if this policy changes and we have problems of conscience with how it’s going to affect us?’” Blomberg said.
“That individual was told by a high-ranking member of the panel that they should just get out of the military.”
...“The concern of the chaplains is if they counsel, if they preach, if they do their ethical teaching duties, and indicate that homosexual behavior is not good, or is a form of sin, then they would be treated as if they had said being black is sinful, or being a woman is wrong. That would be viewed as on that same level of discrimination.”
...Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy J. Broglio has opposed repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In an interview with CNA last month, he warned of a “latent” danger to religious liberty in the agenda advanced by some people in the name of tolerance.
“(T)here is an agenda to force everyone to accept as normal and positive behavior that is contrary to the moral norms of many religions, including the Catholic Church,” he commented, voicing concern that teaching morality or forming young people in their faith could be misconstrued as intolerance."
Catholic News Agency
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
First Amendment to the United States Constitution
If a religious person, be he minister or lay person, cannot express his religious belief that homosexuality is a sin because of federal law, could someone please explain to me how that doesn't violate the First Amendment? All in one grand sweep of judicial fiat the court orders the government to prohibit the free exercise of religious belief and proscribes freedom of speech. And then it orders it officers to enforce these wrongs!
How can any decision from judges that have sworn to uphold the Constitution, and then turn and blatantly decide against the clear intent of that same document, be taken seriously, much less be allowed to carry the force of law?
I don't care if homosexuals serve openly in the military. That's up to the military and the men and women that serve to decide. None of my business. But when that service coincides with a suppression of liberties all in the name of political correctness, that's an entirely different matter.
Why does the homosexual movement insist on taking everything too far?