General David Haight Demoted, Retired for Swinging Lifestyle
An Army spokesman says Maj. Gen. David Haight was demoted by three steps to the rank of lieutenant colonel, a steep and rare downgrade for a senior officer.
The official cause, as summarized by the Associated Press:
An Army inspector general investigation concluded that Haight had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a woman who was not his wife, and that he misused government resources, including a department cell phone and computer, for a “high volume” of personal calls and emails.
Given that “misuse” of a government cell phone and computer — as determined solely by volume, since personal calls and emails are explicitly permitted — is a relatively minor offense, it seems clear the “steep and rare downgrade” was for his preferred sexual lifestyle — which the Army deemed “inappropriate” — not any particular criminal act. Thus, the original question remains: Why would the US Army prosecute a long-serving, sacrificing, combat-experienced officer simply for who he loved?
Given the silence from the neo-sexual movement with regard to now-retired LtCol Haight, it remains fascinating that a cultural norm seems to exist that “swinging” is unacceptable sexual behavior and deserving of discharge from the military. And it is clearly an issue of cultural norms, given that the US military doesn’t really have a moral ground upon which to stand when it comes to judging sexual behavior.
In fact, the US military annually celebrates sex as part of “LGBT pride” — without regard to marriage status or number of partners. How can the military celebrate sex on one hand while prosecuting it on the other?
The issue is even murkier. After all, the US military did not prosecute a military officer for participating in a sexual orgy a few years ago, after he was acquitted of sexual assault related to the same event. Notably, that particular officer happened to be homosexual.
That makes it all the more interesting, then, that outgoing Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning (himself a homosexual) has initiated a “review” of “the burgeoning problem of sexual misconduct among senior officers.” It’s a “problem” that was easily predicted: When there is no line, how can people be expected to — or even be able to — toe the line? But the changing social mores about sexuality (which also led to the repeal of DADT) have had no negative impact on the military or its readiness…right?
The Army should also consider talking to the US Navy, which already looked into a similar “Bathsheba Syndrome” plaguing its own senior officer corps.
So, for those who do not deign to uphold the moral and religious virtues of reserving sex for lifelong marriage between one man and one woman, what is the limit after which the US Army will prosecute their sexual behavior?
Maybe the Army needs to put out an “explicit” policy letter detailing which sexual behaviors are “appropriate” and which are not. Guarantee that’s one ALARACT everyone would read.
It’s amazing how complicated life is when society abandons reasonable boundaries — and Truth.
Because when the moral “standard” is a sliding scale, anything is possible.