FRC’s Perkins: Gay Soldiers Are Promiscuous, Engage In Immoral And Destructive Behavior
April 19, 2012 9:31 am ET by Carlos Maza
It’s been nearly nine months since President Obama certified the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), and as expected, the military seems to have adjusted to open service without a hitch. That’s not good news for Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins, who has spent the last couple of years warning that openly gay service members would spell disaster for “millions” of people in and out of the military.
Given the lack of any real examples of negative effects from DADT repeal, what’s a hate group leader to do? Make some up.
On Monday, during an appearance on the Janet Mefferd Show, Perkins attempted to link the repeal of DADT to a recent scandal involving Secret Service agents soliciting prostitutes in Columbia. According to him, the scandal was a result of the “total breakdown” in “moral order” caused by openly gay service members.
On Tuesday, Perkins doubled down on his comments. In his April 17 FRC Washington Update, he wrote:
[U]nder the President's thumb, Congress introduced a new chapter of promiscuity into the U.S. military by overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," followed by a seven month "coming out" party for homosexual servicemen. And all the while, the State Department is overseas trying to strong-arm other countries into accepting its views on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, and premarital sex.
Is it any wonder this country is suffering from an ethical identity crisis? This is what comes of an administration that systematically destroys the moral foundations of our military, government service, and public schools. On one hand, the administration has tried to force our military to embrace homosexuality by making unnatural and immoral sex legal--and on the other, it's outraged that its military is engaging in another form of legal but immoral sex. (Prostitution is permissible in Colombia's "tolerated zones.") Both behaviors are inappropriate, unhealthy, and destructive. Yet only one seems to incense government officials.
If this seems a bit muddled, that's because it is. But this culture of moral confusion is inevitable when American leaders push a radical social policy that arbitrarily gives sexual license to some and condemns it from others. The bottom line is that elections do have consequences, and policies do shape our culture for good or bad. Let me be clear: the President is not responsible for these indiscretions. But he is to blame for aggressively expanding an ideology of unrestraint that has created an environment where personal judgment is as lacking as moral standards. [emphasis added]
And earlier today, in his Washington Watch Daily Radio Commentary, Perkins criticized military academy Norwich University for hosting a series of gay pride events, claiming that the repeal of DADT was resulting in the celebration of “deviance”:
When the President wanted to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," he didn't talk about flying rainbow flags at Afghan bases or asking chaplains to perform gay "weddings." He didn't mention banning Christian speakers at military academies, tearing down crosses at Camp Pendleton, or pulling Scripture out of Army curriculum. What he said was it's time to let homosexuals be true to who they are. And who they are is a community that thinks promiscuity is something to celebrate. Norwich's "free love dance" and "condom Olympics" aren't tolerance. They're deviance. And a school of young, strong cadets deserve better. [emphasis added]
Perkins just can’t seem to accept the fact that things have changed -- gays and lesbians are serving openly and effectively in the military, and accusing American soldiers of being unnatural, immoral, unhealthy, destructive, promiscuous, and deviant isn’t going to change that.