Top Pentagon officer criticized for Supporting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

“Punish him…for doing his job!”

Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been subjected to intensely unjust criticism since Monday of this week.                                                                                                

The liberal media, the Human Rights Campaign, and numerous activists are pressing Congressmen and Senators to punish General Pace.

Why is such pressure being brought to bear on the Pentagon’s top officer?

It has nothing to do with his views on the war in Iraq, or on any other aspect of our nation’s defense policy.

It has everything to do with the fact that he expressed his professional and personal support for the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

As the Pentagon’s top officer, General Pace has an obligation to defend military policy.

To refresh your memory on this particular military policy, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” came about as the result of an attempt by President Bill Clinton and the previous Democratic Congress to repeal the ban on homosexuals in the military.

Faced with opposition from the military community, the majority of Americans and many responsible politicians like then-chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, Clinton accepted a compromise that allowed homosexuals to serve in the military if they were not open about their same-sex attraction and did not otherwise make an issue of it.

Simply expressing support of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would have been sufficient to invoke the wrath of homosexual activists and their media allies, who seek to force acceptance of homosexual behavior in all aspects of our society.

But General Pace went one step further and expressed his personal opinion.

Here’s what he said:

I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts.  I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.

“I would not want acceptance of overt homosexual behavior to be our policy, just like 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.”

Responding to a day of intense media pressure, General Pace issued a statement Tuesday expressing that he should have focused more on the Defense Department’s current policy – and “less on my personal moral views.”

He did not offer an apology, as homosexual activists had demanded.

Please consider what this says about the rapid decline of our culture.

There was a day, in the not-too-distant past, when expressing support for immoral behavior might have cost a person his job.

Today, expressing support for Judeo-Christian morality can put a person’s position in jeopardy.

The opinion expressed by General Pace is an opinion shared by millions of Americans and by every major religion.  We must not let General Pace be punished for doing his job or for exercising his First Amendment right to express his personal moral conviction.


Send an e-mail to President Bush, the commander-in-chief of our armed forces. Ask him to support General Pace for upholding the law.