West Point Grad Sue Fulton on the Importance of Integrity – Or Not
“I was asked by an investigator at one point if I was gay, and I lied,” said Sue Fulton in an interview with NBC Out. “I carried that with me for years. When it came time for the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ fight, that’s one of the reasons I worked so hard. To redeem myself.”
– former US Army Captain Sue Fulton, USMA Class of 1980
A failure of integrity tears at the conscience, as even Fulton acknowledges. Interestingly, her solution was not to be an officer of integrity. It was not to change her behavior but to change the policies. Yet that doesn’t change the face she lied.
While Fulton advocated for homosexuality for years in the name of “tolerance,” it would seem her own tolerance had limits. In January, Fulton said religious troops who believed God should be “first” in their lives should just “get out” of the military.
Fulton was appointed a member of the West Point Board of Visitors by President Obama. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of that Board.
From the West Point website:
The academy develops cadets to live honorably, with uncompromising integrity, as U.S Army officers in service to the nation.
Why is it that some people seem to think integrity (also a US Air Force core value) is vitally important to the character of US troops — unless they were lying because they were homosexual?
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
– Proverbs 11:3 (ESV)
Where is the man who will do the right thing, no matter what the cost? Is there anyone who will act in integrity even if it means losing a job or an important business deal? Where is the woman who would be willing to act in openness and honesty if she knew it meant losing a significant relationship or a large sum of money? Are there still people in this world who would sacrifice their pride, relationships, or profit in order to maintain their integrity?
– Charles Marshall