Integrity and the “High Ranking Gay Jewish Chaplain”
The Times of Israel recently covered the retirement (last April) of US Navy Chaplain (CAPT) Jon Cutler — who was notable, apparently, because he was both Jewish and homosexual.
The article is rich in unintended irony, including celebrating the free exercise of the Jewish faith by US service members in the Middle East — in an era when some are advocating the free exercise of Christian troops be restricted, even within the borders of the United States.
Further, the theme of integrity returns to the issue of homosexuality in the military: With regard to serving as a homosexual before the repeal of DADT:
“[It] takes a toll on you on so many different levels,” he said. “Your individual sense of integrity, how you define yourself…
“The other piece is where you hurt people by not being honest…‘Honor, courage, commitment’ are the Navy core values. How can you cover up? You want to serve. At the same time, you can’t serve.”
Interesting, that some believe “integrity” is best served by changing the rules rather than following them. Some in the homosexual community seem convinced deception is acceptable if it advances their social cause — despite acknowledging the harm caused by violating integrity.
Would Cutler advocate that others violate policies they dislike? Or does the “right” to ignore distasteful rules and regulations only belong to homosexuals?