Gone are the days of a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy regarding homosexuals in the military. While gays are encouraged to embrace their personal values, it seems that another group is now being systematically silenced.
According to recent reports, soldiers expressing a traditional view of marriage are being targeted for retribution by their superiors. A San Antonio, Texas, pastor recently hosted a group of about 80 servicemen rightfully upset about such developments at Lackland Air Force Base.
Pastor Steve Branson said that the base fosters “an atmosphere of intimidation,” indicating that airmen have been forced to go as far as affirming their personal opinion on the issue of homosexuality. He said that commanding officers who support that lifestyle are “pushing their agenda on the airmen,” noting “a culture of fear in the military” has “gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”
Though the leftist war against morality has been well-documented in recent years, Branson said that recent changes in the military suggest an even more disturbing trend.
“The religious persecution is happening,” he explained, contending that homosexuals “can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.”
Included in the large crowd gathered at his church was one man who knows firsthand about that persecution. Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk recently stood up for another soldier who was reprimanded for expressing a Biblical view of homosexuality.
Undoubtedly present throughout the U.S. armed forces, this unconscionable litmus test extends far into the civilian sector, as well. Once again, San Antonio can provide an illustration of that widespread cultural shift.
Earlier this year, city leaders enacted legislation that would prohibit individuals from working for the city based entirely on the nebulous criteria of their personal stance on homosexuality.
Leftist activists display the pinnacle of hypocrisy by demanding universal acceptance of a lifestyle many feel is both socially detrimental and personally sinful while seeking to silence those who disagree. If tolerance is really the goal, that courtesy should extend in both directions.
Alas, such arguments are impossible to make above the left’s cacophonous cries of ‘bigot’ and ‘homophobe.’
–Western Journalism staff writer