Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he backed the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding homosexuality.
The policy bans homosexual acts between members of the military.
A gay rights group called the comments "a slap in the face to gay men and women serving with honour and bravery".
Joe Solomonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, said: "What is immoral is to weaken our national security because of personal prejudices."
"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts," Gen Pace told the Chicago Tribune.
Critics say the policy is discriminatory and also country productive, as it may undermine recruitment as the US military is struggling to maintain sufficient forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A 2005 government audit said 10,000 troops including more then 50 specialists in Arabic, have been discharged because of the policy.
GOI: No. You know what is immoral, "General???" The immoral war that you helped lead and wage in Iraq. Losing more the 50 specialists in a language that is critical to stopping terrorists attacks is being soft on terrorism as far as I'm concerned. It is amazingly short-sighted and stupid. Letting one's opinions get in the way of national security is irresponsible and childish.
This hints at a long held bigoted view about gays. That they can't control their "urges" and hit on every man or woman that comes along. That somehow in a fox hole that they would try and rape or flirt with their fellow soldier while bullets were flying along side them and mortar rounds exploding at their feet. Sexual urges are the LAST thing on ones mind when ones life is on the line.
It's immoral to send our troops to battle without the proper body armor that they deserve to accomplish their missions. It's immoral to accept people into the military who have mental illnesses and felony criminal backgrounds over gays with impeccable records!! I would MUCH rather have a gay man or woman serving next to men then an unstable, fragile, mentally ill soldier or one with a criminal background!!! (And I should know. I have a mental illness and I know that I have no business carrying a loaded weapon in a war zone).
And the conservatives say that they support the troops. How can you say that when you favor letting in felony convicts into the armed forces over homosexuals with no criminal or mental issues?!!Two other issues: 1). Generals and all other members of the military take an oath to protect all Americans and that includes homosexuals whether they like it or not. That leads into point 2). that the Christian view that homosexuality is immoral means that ultimately gays do not deserve to live because they are wicked. God supposedly wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah because of their "immoral acts." And in a general sense if one is immoral in Christianity then one will be throw into the furnace of death and annihilation. This comes from Matthew in the New Testament (Matthew 13:40-42). So tell me, if you believe in this Biblical, Christian "God" and that homosexuality is immoral and thus a sin, then you have to believe in this teaching that homosexuals should be annihilated. So how can you then believe that people who are immoral should be thrown into the furnace of death and annihilation and yet take an oath to defend such people??
Then there are the many great soldiers through out the history of warfare who have been homosexuals. These men weren't "soft" or "pansies" or whatever else bigots try to say about gays to demean them and "prove" that gays can't serve effectively in the military.
There were the Lambda warriors, an entire gay army that successfully conquered neighboring lands for the Ancient Greek Empire. Alexander the Great and Richard the Lion heart were both said to be successful homosexual warriors. Although both were most likely more bisexual then gay.
Back to this era, Great Britain, France, Canada and Germany all allow gays to serve openly in their armed forces. Once again we are behind (no pun intended) the rest of the world.
Excuse me while I go smash my head against the wall in frustration.
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