A desperate effort by new sexuality folks to push through fundamental changes in the US military suffered a major setback on Tuesday 21 Sept. On that day, the US Senate voted to retain the policy requiring homosexuals serving in the US military to keep their sexual preference to themselves. Actually, the Pentagon has set up a committee studying the possible impact the repeal of the 17-year old law known as "don't ask, don't tell", DADT could have on the military. That report is due on December 1. However, the gay lobby is impatient, especially as it fears that Democrats are likely to lose seats in the upcoming congressional elections in November. This would make repealing the ban even more difficult — if not impossible — next year.
Democrats had included the repeal provision in a $726 billion defense policy bill, incorporating a number of popular programs including a pay raise for the troops and the opportunity for immigrants who join the military to be granted US citizenship. These however did not stop the Republicans from rallying together, and with a few supports from some Democrats, at least temporarily trouncing the bill.
Conservative groups hailed the vote as a victory for the troops. "At least for now they will not be used to advance a radical social agenda," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/USGaysMilitary/2010/09/21/id/371077.
Earlier, very many American organizations, including the influential Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, had raised strong objections against the sought repeal. According to the Commission, repealing DADT would strain American forces, weaken troop morale, and compel countless chaplains to leave the services.
Abortion Agenda also thrashed!
Also receiving thumbs down from the US Senate was an amendment to a bill that would allow elective abortions on military facilities in the United States and abroad. Despite powerful lobbies by a few “Change Agents” to further their nauseating agenda in the United States, the opposition from the larger civil society was rock steady against this agenda.
Over 200 physicians who have ministered to US service members signed a letter to members of the Senate protesting the Burris amendment, so called after its sponsor, Roland Burris. According to the 16,000-member Christian Medical Association which organized the letter: "If enacted, requiring military physicians to perform abortions threatens military readiness. Morale will suffer among those already serving. Morale is a key component of military effectiveness." According to CMA Senior Vice President Gene Rudd, MD. "Furthermore, just as we have seen a marked decrease in young doctors entering OB/GYN training for fear of being forced to do abortion, this requirement will discourage young doctors from joining the military." (refer to last edition of Church Arise! to see the people powering this agenda!)
Former President Bill Clinton allowed abortions to be performed on military bases from 1993-1996. This prompted all military physicians and many nurses and support personnel to refuse to perform, or even assist, in performing abortions.
Update on DADT: As has become the practice, however, whenever the ultra liberal elements in the US fail to get their ways in changing the Law, they rush to the Courts where they have dozens of sympathetic judges (fellow liberals) willing to help them attempt to change how the Law should be interpreted. Swiftly, after the US Senate’s big blow to DADT, Federal court judge Virginia Phillips has ruled that the policy is unconstitutional and ordered the Pentagon to “immediately suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation or other proceeding” against any military personnel under DADT. The Pentagon promptly filed an appeal but agreed to abide with the ruling till the appeal is cleared.