President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has been doing interviews to hawk his book, Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon, and spoke with the Military Times in September. In the interview he explained away the complexities, morality, and responsibility of some of the key DoD decisions with the simple “we had no choice.”
On the continuing presence of US troops in Afghanistan [emphasis added]:
I really do believe we’ve been on the best course, and the only course available to us.
On integrating women in combat arms within the US military [emphasis added]: Read more
Peter Vlaming, a Virginia school teacher fired for using female pronouns for a female student who wanted to be male, has sued over his improper termination:
Vlaming’s termination in December as a French teacher at West Point (Virginia) High School came after he agreed to call a transgender ninth-grader by a new male name but declined to use male pronouns to reference the student, according to the lawsuit filed September 30 in Virginia state court. Instead, he never used pronouns in the student’s presence—except for one accidental slip-up.
Worse, of course, is the fact it appears to not be in dispute that Vlaming treated all of his students with respect.
Yet, that is not enough. It cannot Read more
Members of the US military aren’t permitted to engage in partisan politics in uniform, nor are they supposed to permit others use them for that purpose. They are also not permitted to “use contemptuous words” against the Commander-in-Chief — in or out of uniform.*
Unless, of course, they’re LGBTQ.
For years the American Military Partner Association blatantly paraded uniformed military members around in support of its political agenda, and it did so even while engaging in outright political lobbying. Its successor, the oddly named “Modern Military Association of America” (apparently “modern” now means non-heterosexual), now Read more
An Ohio magistrate has recommended that Dr. Nicholas Meriwether’s lawsuit against Shawnee State University (previously discussed) be dismissed. Meriwether had sued when it punished him after he refused to address a biologically male student with a female title — though he did agree to use only a last name.
“Speech by a government employee is protected under the First Amendment only if the speech was made ‘as a citizen’ while addressing ‘a matter of public concern,’” Litkovitz’s recommendation filing reads. “A government employee’s speech is made ‘as a citizen’ and is protected under the First Amendment only when the speech is not ‘pursuant to [the employee’s] duties.’”
That’s an awkward justification, because Meriwether was not punished for making what he claimed was protected speech. Instead, he was being required by the government to have certain content in his speech — content that conveyed a particular ideological view.
The ADF lawyers helping Meriwether said they’ll object on that basis: Read more
Remember Glenn Palmer, the US Army Chaplain School chaplain who did the invocation at their Gay Pride run? He recently sent Michael “Mikey” Weinstein an email (for publication) endorsing his cause. Noting he is a “mentor” for progressive chaplains, Palmer said
We all respect the Mission and work of the MRFF and support Read more
San Diego recently held its annual “Pride” Parade celebrating variations of sexuality — the same one then-Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning rode in as Grand Marshal in 2016. As then, uniformed military members played a prominent role [emphasis added]:
To show opposition to the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender troops, this year’s military contingent decided to have active-duty trans service members march at the front of the parade.
“I am a transgender sailor myself,” said Elijah Riddle, who currently serves in the U.S. Navy.
Let’s see: Participating in a political protest in uniform, and Read more
As noted at the Religion Clause, John Kluge has sued Brownsburg Community school district after he lost his job because he refused to call students by their “preferred names.” The school had allowed him to use last names for some time, but apparently decided that wasn’t good enough.
This is similar to the case of Peter Vlaming, a high school teacher fired for refusing to use opposite-gender pronouns (though he did use preferred names), and Dr. Nicholas Meriwether who Read more
The homosexual advocacy American Military Partner Association (AMPA) has merged with OutServe-SLDN to form the Modern Military Association of America. (Apparently, being anything other than heterosexual is “modern.”) The group recently celebrated results from a Gallup poll that appear to show the majority of Americans supporting transgender service in the US military. From their release:
As this survey proves, an overwhelming majority of Americans — including a majority of veterans — agree that what matters is the ability to accomplish the mission, not someone’s gender identity.
While that’s a convenient conclusion, the survey “proves” no such thing.
The survey (available here) does say that 71% of “national adults” “favor allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the military?” But look at an important breakdown:
Military veterans: 56% support, 43% oppose
Non-veterans: 73% support, 25% oppose
It would seem people who have actually served in the military are Read more