President Obama Gives Shout Out to Homosexuals, Muslims at USAFA
When speaking of the “values” that are an enduring element of America’s power, President Obama said this during the graduation address at the US Air Force Academy yesterday:
We’re stronger when our gay and lesbian cadets and troops can serve their country…without hiding who they love.
Of all the quotes in the long speech on war, policies, sacrifice and the future, this is what the White House highlighted with a “tweet” — and this is what USAFA retweeted.
While this statement received an affirming nod from LtGen Michelle Johnson, the USAFA Superintendent, it is worth remembering that public analyses to date have indicated the US military is not stronger due to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. One DoD report said the repeal had “no impact” on readiness (though a Navy “psychology expert” seemed to disagree), while at least one survey post-repeal indicated even homosexuals thought open service negatively impacted unit morale.
Perhaps someday American society will move beyond the need to discuss sexual behavior during graduation ceremonies. Fortunately, the President didn’t name names, as he did for the Muslim cadets he praised:
We’re stronger when cadets like Wasim Soomro and Ismail Baumy and James Salem know that we celebrate their service as proud, patriotic Muslim Americans…
That may be true, but why do we not also celebrate the service of proud, patriotic Christian Americans? And Sikh Americans? And Jewish Americans? Does not religious freedom make us stronger?
Why is it, do you think, that sexual behavior and Islam are celebrated in America far more than religious freedom?