On 12 March 2007, General Peter Pace (bio), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave an interview to the Chicago Tribune in which he was asked his thoughts on the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of homosexuality in the military. Part of his reply has been the center of some debate:
“I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts… I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior.”
Literally hundreds of internet “blogs” and other media sources have pontificated about the General’s comments Read more
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
World Net Daily has reported that the restraining order keeping Navy Lt Klingenschmitt in the military has been lifted; the Navy is expected to discharge the Chaplain immediately.
The Alliance Defense Fund has commended the DOJ for the “First Freedom Project.”
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State picked up on the story of the Army Chaplain who wanted to switch from Christianity to Wicca, claiming that the Army’s treatment of him was “so obviously a case of religious discrimination.” As noted in the public comments on the article, there are questions as to why the AU hasn’t made the same appeal about Chaplain Klingenschmitt, who the Navy attempted to discharge when he switched endorsers. The basic circumstances are nearly identical; in fact, Klingenschmitt’s is arguably harder to justify.