Lame Duck Congress to push through a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Call your senators today: Vote "No" on the repeal. The stakes could not be higher.
November 29, 2010
The Democrats are trying to use the lame duck session of Congress to push through a repeal of the law signed by President Bill Clinton that prohibits homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military.
There is no question that repeal will have a harmful effect on recruitment, retention, and readiness, and will mean the end of military careers for officers and chaplains who have moral and religious objections to homosexuality.
It is critical that you call both of your Senators today to urge them in the strongest possible terms to vote "No" on any repeal effort.
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Here are just some of the reasons why:
- A leaked version of the Pentagon's survey of active service personnel, which will be made public on Nov. 30, indicates that at least 30% of active service members believe the repeal is problematic. Thus there is no question that repeal will have a harmful effect on morale and cohesion. Repeal will have a harmful effect on recruitment and retention; in another survey, 24% of active duty personnel indicated that they either would resign or would consider resigning from the military if open homosexuals are allowed to serve.
- The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, has pointedly said that the Marines he has talked to almost unanimously oppose repeal. General Amos said this is about "unit cohesion, it's about combat effectiveness." No policy change should be made that does not improve readiness, and it is clear that allowing open homosexuals to serve will have the opposite effect. It will weaken rather than strengthen our military.
- Repeal will be the end of careers for conservative officers. They will be forced to publicly affirm the normalcy of homosexual behavior if they want to advance in their careers, and the only alternative will be to resign from the military. Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, who is deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel for the U.S. Army, called soldiers and officers who oppose homosexuality on moral and religious grounds "racists and bigoted" and said "people opposing this new policy will need to get with the program, and if they can't, they need to get out." Thus our finest and most character-driven officers will be drummed out of our armed forces.
- Repeal will mean the end of careers for conservative Christian chaplains, who have deeply held moral and spiritual objections to the normalization of homosexuality. This will bring to an end a tradition of conservative Christian chaplains that goes all the way back to our first commander-in-chief, George Washington, who made the appointing of such chaplains one of his first orders of business. General Washington knew that military success depended upon the spiritual strength of the military.
If open homosexuals are allowed to serve in the U.S. military, it will harm recruitment, retention, and readiness and will without question weaken our national defense. Repeal is bad for the military and bad for the United States.
Click Here to get the telephone numbers for your Senators, along with suggested talking points for your calls. Call your Senators today to demand politely, but firmly, that he or she vote "No" on any effort to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The stakes could not be higher.