US Military Focuses on Sex During Ramadan, PTSD Month
Though the month of June marks references to both Ramadan and PTSD awareness (among other things), from news coverage and official US military press releases, you’d think June in the US military was all about sex.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes June as PTSD awareness month, though as yet Congress has only recognized June 27th as PTSD awareness day. Thus, PTSD awareness month is not enshrined in law as, say, Religious Freedom Day is.
Notably, neither the current Congress nor any prior law recognizes any day or month as a celebration of “Gay Pride” — yet President Barack Obama issued a proclamation marking just such a recognition.
While he has annually issued praise for homosexuality in June, according to the White House website, President Obama has never issued a proclamation regarding PTSD awareness month or day. He did “retweet” an announcement from Vets4Obama in 2012 on PTSD awareness day, and the President also mentioned post-traumatic stress in April, when he included it with “depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder [and] schizophrenia” during his “Mental Health Awareness Month” proclamation.
This disparity — in particular, when 22 veterans take their own life everyday — led one anonymous person to wonder if the American government has its priorities wrong: Why are we so focused on rainbow flags and not folded flags?
Similarly, Ramadan runs between June 5th and July 5th this year. While religious events are generally opportunities for personal interest, educational stories, and discussion on religious liberty in the US military (particularly with regard to Islam), there appears to be exactly one widely distributed article from the US military on the topic, discussing how US Army SFC Khondokar Rahman handles the dietary fasting requirements during his assignment at Fort Lee, VA.
By contrast, there are dozens, if not more, widely distributed articles “celebrating” and even “honoring” homosexuality — which, ironically enough, is punishable by death in most Muslim-dominated countries. (Some would say selectively so, but that’s a topic for another time.)
Shockingly, there is little consternation that virtually every article referencing Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning leads off with his preference for sex — so much so even he has joked about the attention. The military (and the Coast Guard) have pushed out official articles and photos on everything from speeches by civilian homosexual activists, to “a lesbian couple’s story,” to every rainbow-decorated celebratory cake in the Navy and Air Force. Even USAFA got in on the act. (One Orlando-related photo posted on Facebook from the USS Nimitz was celebrated by a homosexual group — but the photo apparently generated such a firestorm of controversy it was pulled down.)
The media has also kept the conversation going on transgenders in the US military — repeatedly saying open service by transgenders will be any day now and voicing criticisms on any delays. The date may be moot, since transgenders are serving openly now, anyway, but the latest report is that the ban will officially be lifted July 1st. The Military Times reported the story of a male Army pilot who now says he’s female — and his commanders know it, despite policies forbidding it. The same article reminded readers that last June the Air Force allowed a female Airman to wear a male uniform — because she was going to a White House LGBT event, presenting herself as a man…despite official policies prohibiting such behavior.
Apparently, homosexual advocates were hoping that LGBTQ+etc., etc., pride month — June — would finally see the “T” allowed to serve, nearly a year after Secretary of Defense Carter said they should, and just a few days after Secretary Fanning said the same thing (in an official Army story about sex):
The military is more powerful when the American people know that no matter what their background, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, or gender identity, we serve and sacrifice on their behalf — on behalf of this country we all love in order to protect all of our freedoms.
The US military has a lot going on. Troops are being killed in Iraq and Syria, operations have actually increased in Afghanistan, and random places in Africa continue to appear in the news, just to name a few.
And yet, an outside observer over the past month might be led to believe the entire US military is focused on sex (and same-gender sex, at that).