General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview that he believes homosexual acts, like adultery, are immoral. He has since indicated that he should not have focused on his personal views rather than emphasizing military policy. Gay advocacy groups demanded he apologize for “insensitivity.”
Former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt has been named a “Kentucky Colonel” by the Kentucky state legislature and has apparently kicked off a tour with the intent of praying in every state legislature.
A local news site reported that a Navy Lt Commander was relieved of his duties while he is investigated for potential involvement in anti-Semitic organizations. The officer ran a website called the “Legions of St. Louis,” which says it supports the establishment of the Catholic social order.
The recent cheating scandal at the Air Force Academy has highlighted, once again, that the temptation to compromise one’s integrity is a continuing threat. In this case, nearly three dozen cadets are accused of cheating by sharing answers on an ‘inconsequential’ military knowledge test. Other cases have revealed that the same temptation occurs on active duty. In 2005 a dozen students were kicked out of pilot training for obtaining the answers to an Emergency Procedures Quiz (EPQ) prior to the test administration; an instructor pilot facing court martial for providing those answers subsequently resigned under less than honorable conditions. Again, the EPQ was an ‘inconsequential’ quiz.
Why would cadets or officers risk their careers over such insignificant tests? Read more…
A Department of Justice press release recently announced the “First Freedom Project,” which is billed as an effort “to strengthen and preserve religious liberty throughout the nation.” The announcement comes on the heels of President Bush’s proclamation for Religious Freedom Day (which was also virtually ignored by the press). Included in the initiative is a “Report on Enforcement of Laws Protecting Religious Freedom” over the last five years as well as a new website, www.firstfreedom.gov. The Report is a 23MB file but is worth the read.
Of note, according to the Report, from 1992 to 2005 complaints of sexual discrimination increased 6%, national origin discrimination complaints increased 8%, and racial discrimination complaints increased 9%. Read more…