No Margin of Error for Military Chaplains Dealing with Same-Sex Couples
More and more, it is becoming evident that the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) simply hasn't satisfied many of those who pushed for it. As a result, any misstep or miscommunication by a military chaplain is exploited to the fullest in hopes of garnering even more benefits and privileges for military same-sex couples.
For example, some same-sex couples are complaining that military marriage retreats that still conform to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are not fair and should be changed.
They are overlooking the fact that because DOMA is the law, it cannot simply be changed (or set aside) unless Congress does the changing or the Supreme Court strikes it down.
Of course, even if DOMA were to be struck down, one would hope chaplains will still be able to retain rights of conscience, and therefore the ability to refuse to be involved in those things which run counter to their faith.
Other same-sex couples are complaining about privately sponsored clubs for military spouses. They are upset that these clubs do not accept same-sex couples.
Here they miss the fact that when a club is private, its rules of operation can be different from those of a club that the military itself sponsors. As Fort Bragg garrison commander Col. Jeffrey M. Sanborn said when asked to make changes in the policies of one such club, "[this] is a private organization, not a military one."
It appears that by constantly cowering before the homosexual agenda, even to the point of repealing DADT, we have lent credence to a group of individuals who believe they deserve special treatment and special rights. This is a group whose members believe that their every sexual choice ought to be respected by everyone, including military chaplains, or else cries of hurt feelings and accusations of bigotry will be forthcoming.
And this becomes even more problematic for military chaplains when you stop to think of how the military has already officially endorsed bisexual behavior.
Having gone from "Don't Ask Don't Tell" to "Tell if You Want," and from marriage to same-sex "marriage" and endorsement of bisexual behavior, how long will it be until someone makes a push for polygamy in the military? And when that happens, what will military chaplains do?
That day is coming, and at the rate we're traveling down this road, it may be very soon.
Ron Crews is the executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers, the faith groups that provide chaplains for the U.S. military and other agencies needing chaplains.