By Paul Hair
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
I served as an intelligence analyst my entire career in the U.S. Army Reserve. One of the later assessments I made in my career was that the repeal of the so-called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy would result in the suppression of free speech in the armed forces. I was right.
The letter I wrote to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) in 2011 warned our national leadership not to repeal the policy. I also listed several questions that had not been sufficiently answered regarding the pending repeal. These questions proved to be quite accurate in predicting the problems that would eventually surface following the decision to subvert morality and morale.
I specifically warned that troops who didn’t fall in line with the new anti-Christian policy would face unofficial and official retribution and I asked what steps would be taken to protect them. No one bothered to address that issue — or any other issue I raised.
And so we now increasingly witness stories of Christians facing persecution in the armed forces when they refuse to bow at the altar of Sodom. Careers are being ruined and troops are even facing legal prosecution for their Christian beliefs. Fox News recently reported:
Monk disagreed with his commander when she wanted to severely reprimand a new instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality.
The senior master sergeant was relieved of his duties after he refused her order to disclose his personal opinion about gay marriage.
Monk, who had a spotless record, filed a religious discrimination complaint against the Air Force. When he showed up for a meeting about the complaint, he was accused of giving false statements to me – and was subsequently read his Miranda Rights.
Monk is now facing a possible court martial.
So far, Monk is the only airman willing to go on the record. Others are terrified that they will face similar repercussions. But that’s not stopping them from speaking off-the-record.
I specifically warned the HASC about this problem when I asked, “How is the DOD going to track and help religious or morally-conscience Servicemen who will have no recourse when they are forced to compromise on their beliefs in order to protect the investment in their own careers by remaining in the Armed Forces?” The HASC provided no answer. It either didn’t have one or didn’t care.
It’s funny. People complain about failures after they occur. “Why didn’t anyone see this coming?” or, “Why didn’t anyone warn us of what was happening?” are common questions pundits and politicians loudly ask following a scandal or disaster. And yet, when I, and others, warned of the disaster that would occur should the U.S. government decide to repeal morality, our leaders not only did not heed us, they intentionally ignored us, manipulated data, and subverted the system with three lame-duck votes to get what they wanted. Oh, well. I guess we’ve reached a point where only traitors who spill national secrets and work in conjunction with enemies of the United States can get anyone’s attention.
The correct thing to do now is to stop the persecution of those who have a moral objection to immorality and restore the ban on those who have same-sex attractions from serving in the armed forces. That is to say, don’t go back to the DADT policy (which likely was in violation of the then-existing law anyway); but instead go back to outright screening for those with same-sex attractions and bar them from the armed forces. But, of course, since this is the right thing to do, we won’t do it.
After all, a nation that uses a government “shutdown” to criminalize viewing the ocean and tracts of land, visiting open memorials, and even freedom itself all while it fetes illegal aliens and other brazen lawlessness, certainly isn’t going to reverse a decision to degrade the armed forces.
In fact, I fully expect the United States of America to double down on it.
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