THE LEFT'S ATTEMPT TO BREAK
THE HOLD OF
CHRISTIANS ON THE
AMERICAN MILITARY USING
"GAY RIGHTS" AS THEIR BATTERING RAM

By: S.R. Shearer
November 4, 2010

"How can you kill people, when it is written in God's commandment: 'Thou shall not murder'?"

- Leo Tolstoy

"Everyone but Christians understands that Jesus was nonviolent."

- Gandhi


General David Petraeus, America's most celebrated general, at prayer before a committee of Congress.


PREFACE

The Culture War (Kultur Kampf) that is being waged between the Right and the Left in this country is growing in intensity, as the result of last night's midterm election evidences. The outcome of this war will lay the groundwork for a NEW AMERICA - an America that the Secular Left hopes will lead the world into a "New Age" of "universalism" and "cultural diversity;" or, as the Christian Right hopes, a NEW AMERICA that will conquer the world for "Christ and the church" as a precondition for Christ's return to the earth. Each side to the struggle understands itself, and is understood by its antagonist, as standing for a world-view that cannot be compromised - AND EACH SIDE IS "PLAYING FOR KEEPS;" each party understands that there is no middle ground; and that there can be no meaningful negotiations. [Please see our article, "The Left: Seeking to Destroy the Right Root and Branch."]

To be sure, the Left lost "big time" to the Right last night; nonetheless, the Left continues to believe it can win this blood-feud. They genuinely believe that history is on their side; that American society is moving irrevocably towards a secular-humanist mindset where diversity is honored and religious conviction is viewed as "old-fashioned" and quaint - even dangerous; where nationality and patriotism are frowned upon, and universalism is advanced IF - AND THAT'S A BIG "IF" - they can survive the sometimes brutal machinations of the Right (for example, a military coup). [Please see our article, "The General's Revolt against the Obama Presidency."]

A Christian Crusader Army: The Right's "ace-in-the-hole" against the Left.

On the other hand, the Right believes that the "New World" towards which the Left is struggling is a world without sane boundaries; where "manly" virtues are denigrated, radical feminism is triumphant, and aberrant life-styles are celebrated; a world where the United States is subsumed by the United Nations, and foreign troops are stationed on American soil to make sure that American "patriots" are "kept in their place."

In this struggle, the Right believes that - if worse comes to worse - it has the unwavering support of the American military, a military which over the years the Right has fashioned into a Crusader Army that will stand by them no matter what. [Again, please see our article, "The General's Revolt against the Obama Presidency."]

Needless to say, this terrifies the Left; the problem for them, then, is to find some way of erasing the current "Crusader mindset" in the military; of wiping the army clean of Christians who are the primary "carriers" of this mindset. The method the Left has chosen to destroy the Christian Right's hold on the military is by introducing gays and lesbians into the military who are permitted to serve openly. The Left believes that should that occur, Christians will EVACUATE the military, and the threat that a "Christian military" poses to the Left will be ended.

It's in the light of this reality that the Left will undoubtedly make an attempt in the up-coming "Lame Duck" session of Congress to lift the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military. If this fails, Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, intends to win this battle by judicial fiat - i.e., by winning in the courts what they can't win legislatively.

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INTRODUCTION

In his book, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, author Chris Hedges argues that the United States is in great danger of being subsumed by "Christian fascists" OPERATING OUT OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY. Hedges' title comes from a prediction by his Harvard ethics professor, James Luther Adams, who 25 years earlier had warned his students that someday soon they would all be fighting "Christian fascists."

Hedges is a former seminary student with a master's degree in divinity from Harvard and was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He had previously criticized the Christian right in articles such as his cover story in the May 2005 issue of Harper's Magazine called "Soldiers of Christ"

The fear that Hedges has for what he calls the "takeover" by Christian evangelicals of the American military is palpable - and there are countless numbers of so-called "liberals" and "progressives" who share Hedges' fear. Hedges warns his "liberal" and "progressive" friends that -

"They [meaning Christian evangelicals] want us to hand over moral choice and responsibility to them ... They want to tell us what is right and wrong ... They want to tell us how to act and how to live ..."

He claims that such people (i.e., Christian evangelicals) control -

"... at least six national television networks, [wherein] each reaches tens of millions of homes, and virtually all of the nations more than 2,000 religious radio stations, as well as the [entire] Southern Baptist Convention."

He warns his "progressive" friends that the movement that Christian evangelicals are leading -

  • Believes that women should be removed from the workforce.

  • Opposes homosexuality.

Women should be removed from the workforce and consigned to the kitchen and homosexuality should be criminalized.

  • Believes that the federal government should be reduced to the protection of property rights.

  • Opposes labor unions, and public schools.

  • Opposes the teaching of evolution.

  • Opposes ... [multiculturalism], secular humanism and abortion.

  • Dismisses the threats of global warming and overpopulation.

He ominously warns his friends that THEY PORTRAY THEIR OPPONENTS AS AGENTS OF SATAN. And what does one do to the "Agents of Satan?" - One gets rid of them by any means possible.

Evangelicals portray their enemies as "AGENTS OF SATAN."

POWER OF EVANGELICALS
IS SIGNIFICANT

And make no mistake about it, the power that evangelicals have is significant: There are at least 70 million evangelicals in the United States, and polls indicate that as many as 100 million Americans believe in the Bible as the actual word of God - and this isn't even counting "conservative Catholics" who share the same political views as do evangelicals.

Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart, and Sam's Wholesale are strong backers of the movement and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (a Catholic) is steeped in this ideology. Additionally, Christian evangelicals now hold a majority of seats in 36 percent of all Republican Party state committees, and forty-five senators and 186 members of the House of Representatives have earned high approval ratings from the Christian Coalition, the Eagle Forum, and the Family Resource Council.

Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart, and Sam's Wholesale are strong backers of the evangelical movement in the United States.

IS HEDGES' ASSESSMENT OVERBLOWN?
- WORRYING ABOUT THE MILITARY.

Liberals Haim Dov Beliak and Jane Hunter ask the question,

"Is Hedges' assessment overblown?"

Jeff Sharlet, author of the book, The Family, writes, "Starting in 1987, Protestant denominations were lumped together simply as 'Protestant;' moreover, the Pentagon began accrediting hundreds of evangelical and Pentecostal 'endorsing agencies,' allowing graduates of fundamentalist Bible colleges-which often train clergy to view those from other faiths as enemies of Christ-to fill up nearly the entire allotment for Protestant chaplains. Today, more than two thirds of the military's 2,900 active-duty chaplains are affiliated with evangelical or Pentecostal denominations." [Please see our article, "The Cedars: The House on 24th Street."]

They say, "NO!" - and they point to the way evangelical Christians are taking control of the army: they say that not only is this indicative of what's happening in the United States as a whole, it is particularly worrisome for liberals if there ever is a military takeover in the country precipitated by another terrorist incident similar to 9-11. They write gloomily,

"Over the past several years, THERE HAS BEEN MOUNTING ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE OF AN AGGRESSIVELY INTOLERANT FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS CULTURE SPREADING THROUGH THE ARMED FORCES. A particularly troubling aspect of this development is the seeming inability of civil libertarians in Congress to mitigate, much less to control this trend ...

"A wealth of detail about the situation at the Air Force Academy became available as a result of a lawsuit, and a subsequent book, by Jewish Academy graduate Mikey Weinstein. Information also came from one of the school's chaplains, Capt. MeLinda Morton, who took steps to mitigate the religious intolerance she witnessed. The Academy removed Morton, a Lutheran minister, from her executive position, preventing her from participating in the Pentagon's investigation of proselytizing at the school. Morton told The Lutheran that Gen. Charles Baldwin - then head of Air Force chaplains - had 'indicated his intention and desire to restructure the Air Force chaplaincy along [what I (i.e., Morton) considered to be] unconstitutional lines ... to have chaplains operate primarily out of denominational priorities and engage in proselytization'.

"The paucity of news about religious intolerance at the other service academies does not mean that a culture valuing pluralism prevails at those schools. Last fall, when the superintendent of the Naval Academy suspended a practice of dipping the flag before the altar during Protestant worship services, an uproar from congregants and alumni forced reinstatement of the practice, according to the New York Times."

Gen. Charles Baldwin, head of Air Force chaplains: "If you love Jesus, then you could be air force material."

THE SOURCE OF THE CHRISTIAN
RIGHT'S POWER IN THE MILITARY ...

The source of the Christian right's power in the military extends far beyond the chaplain corps. Two fundamentalist evangelical organizations that are spread wide throughout the military—the Officers' Christian Fellowship and the Christian Military Fellowship—are key to spreading and augmenting a conservative Christian culture throughout the military. Weinstein, who is now the head of the liberal Military Religious Freedom Foundation, anxiously writes:

"A militant association representing evangelical military chaplains, the Greenville, South Carolina-based International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers, is vigorously pushing to overturn restrictions on sectarian prayer at mandatory gatherings."

Carving from WW2 era German Deutsche Christen church. The temptation to mix Christianity with the state has an evil history.

Weinstein continues:

"In his book The Warrior Leader (see above) former Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch [says that his mission] is to bring about a spiritually transformed military."

LEFT: Bobby Welch, President of the Southern Baptist Convention - the largest Protestant denomination in the country; RIGHT: Meeting of the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention.

And, indeed, that's exactly what Welch and others like him are doing: Transforming the American military into a "Christian Army of "Knight Templars." To this end, Welch writes:

"Our church is not a passive, milquetoast organization to be tossed about by the whims of a pagan world. But the church is a militant, aggressive army, marching against the enemy ... The battle is won. The victory is ours! That is the church. Militant ! Aggressive ! Victorious !"

Needless to say, this kind of thinking "SCARES THE HELL" out of liberals!!

Austin Cline, a liberal (and an avowed atheist) is certainly frightened; he worries:

Soldiers praying at a U.S. training facility.

"It seems like the revelations of how America's military has been leaping into bed with conservative, evangelical Christianity just get worse and worse. It's difficult to deny now that Christian extremism and the nation's armed forces have been involved in widespread [activity] ... designed to both promote Christianity and further Christianize the military itself ...

"The latest revelation is that the Department of Defense gave two Christian fundamentalist groups [see below] exclusive access to several military bases throughout America. This provided fundamentalists an opportunity to proselytize to captive audiences of military personnel ...

"One of the groups [i.e., Military Missions] says its members are responsible for 'working with chaplains and military personnel to bring lost soldiers closer to Christ, build them in their faith and send them out into the world as GOVERNMENT PAID MISSIONARIES' - a clear-cut violation of federal law.

"Military Missions boasts that it has successfully 'targeted' basic training installations, or 'gateways' and has converted countless soldiers to Christianity.

"'Young recruits are under great pressure as they enter the military at their initial training gateways', the group has said, according to an archive on its web site. 'The demands of drill instructors push recruits and new cadets to the edge. This is why they are most open to the good news. We target specific locations, like Lackland AFB [Air Force base] and Fort Jackson, where large numbers of military members transition early in their career. These sites are excellent locations to pursue our strategic goals'."

NOTE: One of the groups referred to above - the Military Missions Network - says that it is dedicated to "igniting a shared vision, to equipping "KINGDOM LEADERS," and to building a global network for the purpose of reaching the world through the military.

The term "KINGDOM LEADERS" is taken straight out of the DOMINIONIST lexicon. "Dominionism" is a militant post-millennial eschatology ("doctrine of end times") that pictures the seizure of earthly (temporal) power by the church as the only means through which the world can be rescued; only after the world has been thus "rescued" can Christ return to "rule and reign." Some dominionists see the seizure of the earth by the church as the result of "signs, wonders, and miracles;" others picture it as the result of military and political conquest; most see it as a combination of both. [Please see our article, "Dominionism: The Theology of Today's Antigovernment Movement;" please also see, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians."]

General Petraeus in Baghdad

GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS

Finally, it should not be assumed that leaders at the highest echelons of the military do not approve of the Christian Right's attempt to "Christianize" the military. Not only do they approve of what's happening, but a great many of them share the DOMINIONIST "Christianity" that the Chaplain's Corps is "pushing" in the military. For example, The DOMINIONIST handbook, Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel, by Army chaplain Lt. Col. William McCoy, bears Petraeus's imprimatur on it.


The description on the book reads as follows:

Lieutenant Colonel McCoy wrote and published "Under Orders" as a guide to faith for all men and women in uniform. It is his personal contribution to the spiritual needs of Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

Lieutenant Colonel McCoy frames the book this way, "Military personnel number nearly two million today. For most of them, religion and faith are things they shoved to the back of their minds when they entered the military but quickly resurfaced when real missions come face to face with individual names and long deployments."

Lieutenant Colonel McCoy understands the tough job our service members have when deploying into harm's way. He served in Iraq for nearly a year and a half with two of his own sons.

He knows the pains, the pressures and the prayers many of these young people experience. He believes any faith is better than no faith and that young people in the military are in the best position of all to experience faith because they inherently understand the concepts most others struggle to discover. "Today's military service members are common heroes on the cutting edge of an uncertain future. This handbook helps them think through their faith, reflect on their choices, and guide them as they come close to danger and the fears ahead." Lieutenant Colonel Bill McCoy has written in his new book.

Under Orders is unique. There isn't another book that helps our deployed service-members to understand the turbulent world and the tests of the battlefield like this one. His work takes them by the hand and leads them towards faith. Lieutenant Colonel McCoy serves as the Chaplain for the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Previously he has ministered to soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division, 25th Infantry Division and 1st Armored Division. He has been ordained in ministry since 1977. Lieutenant Colonel McCoy has a Ph.D. from the University of Strasbourg France.

Liberals Jeremy Hall and Mikey Weinstein write:

"This isn't the first time [liberals] have taken issue with an endorsement by Gen. Petraeus. Last November, while looking into the completely unconstitutional practice of mandatory Christian concerts being foisted upon our soldiers during basic training at several of the Army's largest training installations, we discovered Petraeus's photo and endorsement of these concerts on the Eric Horner Ministries website ... Petraeus's photo and endorsement still appear on website."

Liberal Bruce Wilson states the obvious about Petraeus:

"US General David Petraeus did not likely get to his current position through being oblivious [to how the military is being transformed into a CRUSADER ARMY], and he would have to be oblivious not to have noticed the ruckus kicked up by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) in the wake of the scandal that erupted when top US Pentagon officials appeared in a promotional fund raising video, filmed inside the Pentagon, to plug CAMPUS CRUSADE For Christ's fundamentalist "Christian Embassy" ministry that targets Pentagon members, capital hill politicians, and foreign diplomats."

Logo for Campus Crusade for Christ; note how it features one of the primary logos (the "Seven Mountains emblem) of the NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION  - an organization dedicated to conquering the earth for Christ. [Please see our article, on this organization, "The Invasion of Europe by America's Apostate Church."]

Wilson continues:

"Petraeus is especially unlikely to be oblivious given that a Pentagon Inspector General report, which came out earlier this year, has supported MRFF's charges that officials appearing in the video, some of whom Petraeus almost certainly knows, broke Department of Defense regulations concerning the endorsement of religion."

NOTE: The MRFF (Military Religious Freedom Foundation) styles itself as a watchdog / advocacy group whose stated goals are to ensure that members of the United States Armed Forces receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom to which they are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The organization was founded in early 2006 to oppose the spread of religious intimidation by evangelical Christians in positions of power within the US military.

THE LEFT CONSIDERS IT IMPERATIVE TO BREAK
THE RIGHT'S HOLD ON THE MILITARY

The "Sword of Damocles" is an allusion to an ever-present danger that hangs over a person, group or nation.

Plainly, the "Christianization" of the military is something that TERRIFIES the Left in the United States: The fact that the military stands squarely on the side of the Right in the CULTURE WAR that is now raging in the United States is something that the Left cannot tolerate; it leaves a kind of "Sword of Damocles" hanging over their heads, ready to fall on them at any time should they persist too far in their effort to destroy the power of the Right - WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE LEFT WANTS TO DO. [Please see our article, "The Left: Seeking to Destroy the Right - Root and Branch."]

There can be no doubt that the Left is cognizant of the fact that it is in a huge battle with the Right, and only one of the two will emerge from this struggle. Nonetheless, the Left thinks it can prevail in this struggle absent a military coup by the Christian Right. The Left arrogantly believes that history is on their side, and should the world continue to "modernize" religion will be consigned to the junk heap of history.

THROWING THE GAY COMMUNITY
INTO THE BREACH

But withstanding the threat a military coup means that somehow or other, the Christian Right's hold on the military has to be broken; THE METHOD CHOSEN BY THE LEFT TO DO SO IS THE INTRODUCTION OF GAYS INTO THE MILITARY, GAYS WHO ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE OPENLY AND FLAUNT THEIR SEXUALITY. Whether they realize it or not, they are the "throw-away" soldiers the Left is using to break the hold of the Right on the military, and there is ample evidence that leaders of the Left - e.g., Senators Harry Reid, Pat Leahy, Russell Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, etc. and House Members Dick Durbin, Maxine Waters, Jerry Nadler, Anthony Weiner, Dennis Kucinich, etc. - have no real concern about the danger this may be creating for the great majority in the gay and lesbian community who themselves have no interest in "parading around" their sexuality.

A BRIDGE TOO FAR

But in pushing for "gays in the military," the Left may be attempting to go "A BRIDGE TOO FAR;" such an attempt may in the end bring down all the wrath of the Right on the gay and lesbian community; nonetheless, the leaders of the Left don't seem to care; after all, there are casualties in any war, and this war is no exception, so most of the liberal elites - who have never been in the military and who have no desire to ever join - think. [Please see our article, "Proposition 8: How Will the Church Respond?"]

It's precisely here that one is reminded of the film a Bridge Too Far, a 1977 epic war film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed by Richard Attenborough.

The film tells the story of Operation Market-Garden, and its ultimate failure, the Allied attempt to break through German lines and seize several bridges, with the main objective the bridge over the Lower Rhine (Neder Rijn) River, in the occupied Netherlands during World War II. The name for the film comes from a comment made by British Lieutenant-General Frederick A.M. Browning, deputy commander of the First Allied Airborne Army, who told Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the operation's architect, before the operation.

And make no mistake about it: the effort by the leaders of the Left to throw the gay and lesbian community into the breach is indeed creating a FIRESTORM.

Consider what Albert Mohler, former president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, thinks about gays in the military:

"When homosexuality is normalized in the armed forces, an entire interconnected network of laws, regulations, directives, and policies will eventually shift as well. AS THOSE PUSHING FOR THE NORMALIZATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY UNDERSTAND ALL TOO WELL, any policy that meets that objective will necessarily sanction personnel who do not conform to the new expectation. In other words, there will be an automatic reversal of the prevailing military logic on the question of homosexuality. At present, the armed forces operate under policies that identify open homosexuality as incompatible with military service. With a single stroke of legislation, that policy will not only be repealed, it will be reversed. HOMOSEXUALITY WILL BE TRANSFORMED FROM SOMETHING THAT IS OFFICIALLY 'IMCOMPATIBLE WITH MILITARY SERVICE', TO A REALITY THAT MUST BE PROTECTED BY RULES AND REGULATIONS ABOUT DISCRIMINATION, ADVANCEMENT, PROMOTION, AND MILITARY CULTURE.

Albert Mohler

"What will this mean for those in the armed forces who believe, based on their sincere religious convictions, that homosexuality is a sin? Advocating or articulating such a viewpoint will be contrary to the military's official stance and policy. Already, employees of many corporations in the civilian world complain about discrimination in promotion and career advancement if they do not, for example, agree to put a gay pride flag on their desk for Gay Pride Month. It is not that they refuse to work cooperatively with homosexual colleagues, but they MUST celebrate homosexuality itself. Just wait until this logic hits the military.

"And what about military chaplains? What will they be allowed to say and teach about homosexuality? What do they do when, for example, a Christian soldier comes for counsel about his struggles with homosexual temptation? How can a chaplain wearing the uniform of the armed forces counsel that what the military says is normal and without moral significance is what the Bible nonetheless declares to be sin?

"The religious liberties of millions of uniformed Americans will be put at immediate risk by the normalization of homosexuality in the military - and these are the very people who are putting their lives on the line to preserve these liberties for others."

Gays in the military: We're here, get used to it

Mohler continues:

"The repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy represents a huge cultural shift for the nation, and one that will come with a countless array of consequences. The repeal of the policy will not mean the end of the military, but it will mean a very different military. Given the unique circumstances and commitments of military life, it will mean an inevitable change in the profiles of persons who enlist and choose to re-enlist in the armed forces. IT WILL MEAN THAT PERSONS COMMITTED TO A BIBLICAL VIEW OF HUMAN SEXUALITY WILL BE FAR LESS LIKELY TO ENLIST IN THE MILITARY ..."

The secular and pathetically weak European military. [Please see our articles, "America vs. Europe" and "US Consolidates Global Military Network."]

NOTE: There are those who believe that gays and lesbians can be successfully integrated into the American military because most of Europe's armies have done so without too much trouble. But the nations of Europe have for sometime now abandoned their "Christian" traditions and are militantly secular in their outlooks. This is not so insofar as the United States is concerned. America still retains a vital Christian community; one that will not submit their sons and daughters to the "tender mercies" of the militant homosexual community. The leaders of America's churches will rise up and DEMAND that their parishioners EVACUATE the military.

Mohler goes on to ask the question,

"DO AMERICANS RECOGNIZE WHAT THIS MEANS? ARE THEY READY FOR A MILITARY THAT HAS BEEN EVACUATED BY THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT THE MORAL EQUIVALENT OF HETROSEXUALITY? HAVE THEY CONSIDERED WHAT THIS MEANS FOR MILITARY RECRUITMENT?"

THE EVACUATION OF THE
MILITARY BY CHRISTIANS

While, it may be true that average Americans have not asked themselves this question, members of the Left certainly have; indeed, the EVACUATION of Christians from the military is EXACTLY what the Left wants.

And make no mistake about it, "Christians" would no doubt EVACUATE the military in droves. This is PRECISELY what Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway believes will happen; he writes:

"An overwhelming number of Marines have significant concerns about homosexuals."

Gays in the shower at a military barrack: the NIGHTMARE of most Christians

One general officer speaking on the condition that he remain in "deep background," writes:

"If homosexuals are allowed to serve in the military, they will be recruiting in the showers, having sex in the barracks, and straights will undergo sensitivity training. Before long, the U.S. may be defended by the sex-obsessed and those who can tolerate kowtowing to them."

 He goes on to say,

"It is the 'nature' of most homosexuals to 'do their thing' — and the more public the better. This characteristic has been noted throughout history. Sex, to the homosexually addicted, is close to the be-all and end-all of life. Why else have 300,000 male homosexuals died of AIDS, even though the mechanism — penile-anal sex — has been known since 1983? Why else do so many homosexuals engage in public sex? Why are there 'gay pride' parades?"

As mind-numbing as these statements are, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that he is only mirroring what most of the army's senior commanders would acknowledge if they were free to do so. He continues by citing the experience of one female recruit who served alongside lesbian recruits who were fairly open about their sexuality, even if they adhered to "Don't ask, don't tell."

Lesbians attacking "straights" in the shower in a military barracks

"My experiences with homosexuals was and is awkward! Of course at first I didn't know who was lesbian and who wasn't, so I didn't think much of who I was showering with. Then, noticing that they were looking at me a little too much made things clear as to their preferences.

"It was uncomfortable in so many ways. When your only choice is to shower in very close quarters with 60 other females, it is already embarrassing enough. Add that over half of them are lesbians, and you end up with very difficult feelings. It is like I was showering with 40 males staring at me and making comments. That isn't acceptable for males to do to females in the military, so it shouldn't be for females to do to each other!

"Living with them and changing clothes near them made me self conscious and uncomfortable. The 'don't ask don't tell' policy is practically void because everyone tells. You don't even have to ask. What made it worse was when males talked about our bodies — things that the homosexual females had told them.... having a female whistle at you is not appreciated!"

Polls show that 24 percent of service members would quit the military if gays are allowed to serve openly - AND THIS NUMBER APPLIES ONLY TO RENTENTION - i.e., THOSE ALREADY SERVING IN THE MILITARY. Obviously, an exodus of 24 percent of soldiers serving in the military would be intolerable.

It would be intolerable for Christian parents to allow their children to be recruited into a military that celebrates homosexuality as an "alternate" life-style.

Moreover, insofar as RECRUITMENT is concerned, the impact on soldiers could even be more severe; especially when one takes into account that the great majority of those that the military targets for recruitment come from "blue-collar Christian homes" where homosexuality is considered a sin.

This is enough to send shivers down the spine of America's military, and so much so that some 1,163 distinguished retired military leaders from all branches of the service have written the president and members of Congress warning them to NOT allow openly gay men and women to serve. 

The letter reads in part:

"Our past experience as military leaders leads us to be greatly concerned about the impact of [gays serving openly in the military] on morale, discipline, unit cohesion, and overall military readiness. We believe that imposing this burden on our men and women in uniform would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force."

A STRUGGLE THAT GAYS
CANNOT POSSIBLY WIN

We have indicated on the pages of this website that the gay and lesbian community are allowing themselves to be thrown into a struggle that over the long run they cannot possibly win. The fact is, despite the best effort of liberals in the judiciary and the "politically correct" community, violence against gays is INCREASING, not decreasing.

Reporting about the situation in New York, Gay activist Bret Berk writes:

Picture of victims of gay bashing.

"Numerous horrifying stories of anti-gay harassment in the New York area have burbled up in recent weeks. First, we had the tragic suicide of college freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate outed him publicly by posting a live video feed of Tyler's intimate encounter with another young man. Then, we had a bizarre gay bashing fight  at the epicenter of the modern gay rights movement, The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, where Washington, D.C. native Benjamin Carver was assaulted by two confused (or clueless, or deeply denial-prone) guys in the bathroom after one of them ordered Carver not to use the urinal next to him because he didn't like gay men. Finally, there is the unbelievably repugnant kidnapping, torture, beating, sexual assault, and robbery of a trio of guys in the Bronx—a 30 year old and a pair of 17 year olds—by a makeshift gang who call themselves the Latin King Goonies."

Berk continues:

"According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, gay youth report staggering levels of harassment, threats, and violence in school: the most recent studies show that 85% of LGBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender) youth have been on the receiving end of such experiences in the past year. A recent investigation reports that at least ten young, bullied gay men committed suicide this past September alone. And Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered adults are beaten, hectored, and harassed constantly in cities and towns across America as the number of reported anti-gay bias crimes continue to rise each year. My most cynical side says, we're just seeing an uptick in media reporting in connection with this "trend." But that doesn't mean that there is not actually an epidemic of this behavior happening all the time."

Gregory Herek

USA Today reports that -

"Nearly four in 10 gay men and about one in eight lesbians and bisexuals in the U.S. have been the target of violence or a property crime because of their sexual orientation, according to a study by University of California, Davis, psychology professor Gregory Herek.

"'This is the most reliable estimate to date of the prevalence of anti-gay victimization in the United States,' Herek claims. 'The data demonstrates that crimes against sexual minority adults, especially gay men, are disturbingly widespread.'

"... In addition, 49% said they have been verbally abused; 23%, threatened with violence; 12.5%, objects thrown at them; and 11%, housing or job discrimination ..."

AND ALL THIS IS OCCURRING DESPITE VERY SEVERE PENALTIES AGAINST SUCH ACTIVITY; indeed, in today's "politically correct" world a "Hate Crime Enhancement" on criminal activity directed against minorities.

NOTE: A "HATE CRIME ENHANCEMENT" permits prosecution of anyone who "willingly injures, intimidates or interferes with another person, or attempts to do so, by force because of the other person's race, color, religion, national origin and (increasingly) one's "sexual preference." Persons violating the Hate Crimes Law face a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both. If bodily injury results or if such acts of intimidation involve the use of firearms, explosives or fire, individuals can receive prison terms of up to 10 years, while crimes involving kidnapping, sexual assault, or murder can be punishable by life in prison or the death penalty.

AGAIN - A BRIDGE TOO FAR

One has to pause and consider the meaning of what's happening here: If all this is unable to stop hate crimes against gays and lesbians, one has to wonder - despite the "happy statistics" that certain liberals are promoting about the growing acceptance of homosexuality in the American population - that ultimately MILITANT gays are going to lose the CULTURE WAR they are presently waging against their opponents.

A bridge too far

And leading the charge will be Christian evangelicals breathing MURDER and RAGE thinking that in doing so, they are "doing service for God."

Laws advocated by the "politically correct community" cannot work over the long run when they run counter to entrenched belief-systems; all these laws do is put off the inevitable, and when the inevitable finally comes, it's violence is only enhanced by the time the reaction takes hold.

The reality is, in choosing to attack the Right by breaking its hold on the military, the Left and their MILITANT gay cohorts are, as we have previously indicated, making the same mistake that the allies made in World War II with regard to Operation Market Garden: They are going "A BRIDGE TOO FAR," and when the counter-attack occurs against them, they will be routed just as surely as the allies were in Operation Market Garden sixty-five years ago.

IN THE END, THE MILITARY IS A VIOLENT INSTITUTION, AND VIOLENT MEN MAKE THEIR ABODE THERE. "Political correctness" is not going to be able to stem their in-bred hatred of the gay and lesbian lifestyles - and when it finally erupts in a paroxysm of revulsion and fury, it will carry away with it not only the aspirations of the MILITANT gay and lesbian community, but the Left as well. And leading the charge will be Christian evangelicals breathing MURDER and RAGE, and thinking all the while that they are "doing service for God;" an evangelical community that has UTTERLY forgotten the words of Christ when He said:

"LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, do good to them which hate you,

"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also." (Luke 6:27-28)

And who have failed to remember Christ's injunction concerning this world:

"MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight ... BUT MY KINGDOM [IS] NOT FROM HENCE." (John 18:36)


Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war ...

Shakespeare in Julius Caesar


NOTE: The military order Havoc! was a signal given to the English military forces in the Middle Ages to direct the soldiery (in Shakespeare's parlance 'the dogs of war') to pillage and chaos.

More later.

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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