Ashley Broadway: Knowing Commanders are Christians is Failure of Leadership
There was surprisingly little media coverage of the wailing and gnashing of teeth from LGBT activists over the decision by the Air Force to reverse the punishment of Col Leland Bohannon. Last October Col Bohannon had a superior officer sign a spouse appreciation certificate for a homosexual subordinate, rather than affront his religious beliefs by signing it himself. The Air Force fired him but now admits it was wrong to do so.
It seems even the general public thought getting a two-star General to sign the certificate was a fair compromise that should have made everybody happy. Showing homosexual activists in a frenzy over this reasonable accommodation might have made them look foolish.
Enter Ashley Broadway-Mack.
Now heading the homosexual activist American Military Partner Association, Broadway — a self-described “devout Christian” — said the Air Force’s decision to defend Col Bohannon’s constitutionally-protected religious liberty, rather than promote her preferred sexual behavior, was “alarming” [emphasis added]:
“This colonel’s action sent a dangerous message to the entire command that he disapproves of every same-sex spouse that supports their service member throughout their military career. That’s a severe failure of leadership.”
Read that again carefully, and consider the ramifications.
“This colonel’s action” resulted in a better result for the homosexuals in question — though it did bring Col Bohannon’s religious beliefs to light. It is these beliefs which Broadway characterizes as a “disapproval” for her preferred lifestyle choice.
Note that it wasn’t the action or the outcome, but the message of “disapprov[al]” that Broadway said was a “failure of leadership.”
The problem, of course, is that Col Bohannon could have communicated that same message of “disapproval” by walking into any church on Sunday morning — including the base chapel.
That message is “I’m a Christian”.
Any Christian in the military could be perceived as “disapproving” of homosexuality merely because they are a Christian. After all, one of the core tenets of Christianity is, to use Broadway’s term, “disapproval” of sin — including sexual sin.
Is Ashley Broadway really so bigoted as to believe Christians are a de facto “severe failure of leadership” merely because of their beliefs?
Apparently, yes, she is.
Worse, her declarations that those Christian beliefs are “dangerous” and leadership failures are direct appeals for those beliefs to be sanctioned or prohibited.
Cite a current case of a military commander who mistreats a subordinate because of a conflict of faith and sexuality, and then we can have a conversation. But Broadway wasn’t out to right some wrong done against a fellow homosexual. She was out to wrong a right — as was the original service member who filed the complaint the Air Force now says was not valid. It was not a defense; it was offense.
These homosexual activists were not seeking justice; they were seeking vengeance.
Activists in the homosexual community were actively attacking someone not because they were mistreated, but merely because they were offended — and they were offended at the idea someone was allowed to “disapprove” of their chosen sexual practices.
Apparently, the homosexual community feels they can command your approval of their sexual practices.
Why the frontal assault?
When a Christian refuses to condone sexual sin, those who revel in that sin are convicted in their conscience. Within themselves, even if subconsciously, they cannot reconcile the dissonance of their pricked conscience and their chosen lifestyle (save, regrettably, for those whose consciences are seared). For some, rather than choosing introspection or making an effort to address their sin, they would prefer to eliminate that which led them to feel convicted.
In other words, their response is eliminate the Christian, because the Christian reminds them of their sin.
Ashley Broadway’s refrain is not unlike Mikey Weinstein’s — and it’s even come to fruition in at least one example, when a military leader was advised to avoid attending chapel so his subordinates didn’t feel “coerced” into doing the same. So the story goes, protecting homosexuals, atheists, or others offended by Christianity is so important that Christians must hide their faith so as to avoid causing even the slightest discomfort. The fact that such an organizational culture would cause “discomfort and offense” to Christians — in direct offense of their protected rights — does not escape most of these anti-Christian activists. Rather, that’s their intent.
Fortunately, Col Bohannon has religious rights, as does every US troop (and every human being). In America, those rights are even specifically protected by the US Constitution.
By contrast, there is no right — human, American, or otherwise — to require the government or fellow citizens to support, promote, or laud a certain type of sexual behavior.
Broadway may not like that, but that’s just her preference. She can have her personal views, of course, and she is free in America to continue in her sinfulness. She just isn’t entitled to have the government force her views on others.
Kind of awkward when the shoe is on the other foot, isn’t it, Ashley?