Religious Convictions Already Problematic



                                            By: Edward P. Shallow

WorldNet Daily is reporting Officer Asks to be relieved of command over repeal of ‘gay’ ban in military.

President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is already damaging the U.S. military.

An Army Lt Colonel has asked to be relieved of command rather than order his troops to go through pro-homosexual indoctrinations following the repeal of the policy, which required homosexuals to keep silent about their sexual preferences.

Currently the commander of a battalion-sized unit in the Army National Guard, the officer  threatened to resign his commission rather than undergo “behavior modification” training intended to counter his religious convictions about homosexuality.

The soldier sent the following letter to his commanding officer:

Subject: Request for Relief from Command due to Personal Moral Conflict with New Homosexual Policy

1. I respectfully request to be relieved of Command of XXX Squadron, XXX Cavalry prior to new policy implementation subsequent to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. My personal religious beliefs and moral convictions do not permit me to treat homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle, compatible with military service, any more than adultery, illicit drug use, or criminal activity. I believe this lifestyle runs counter to good order and discipline in military units, and I refuse to sacrifice my belief system, protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, in order to fall in line with the command policy that will logically follow. This new policy will undoubtedly include mandatory sensitivity training as well as same-sex partner inclusion in Family Readiness Group activities and integration into the full spectrum of other military benefits, as well as a completely new category of discrimination standards and investigative procedures. I will not, as a commander, put my signature on a training schedule or other document recognizing or legitimizing any of the things that contradict my personal beliefs.

2. I would like to remain in the XXX Army National Guard until I am eligible for retirement (at 20 years and 0 day s), which would be in the late summer of 2012, but on grounds of my religious beliefs, I will not attend sensitivity or behavior modification training consequential to this policy change, even if it means disciplinary action. I regret that I cannot continue to serve in the military further, but feel that my efforts would be insincere because my heart will no longer be in it.

“I will not be the person who forces this training on my soldiers,” the officer, whose identity was being protected, told WND. He plans to go on record as soon as he discusses his request with his chain of command.

The officer said he is aware of other officers who intend to resign their commissions.

These people want to serve. I want to serve. I love my job, but I can’t do this job once they begin to implement this policy.,” he told WND.

Under the terms of the DADT repeal, the armed forces will not be permitted to allow open homosexuality in the service until the president, secretary of defense and head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff can certify that terminating DADT will not impair military readiness.  During the transition period that will precede certification, the military plans to require service members to attend mandatory training sessions intended to change their attitudes toward homosexuality.

“I did not give up my constitutional rights and freedom of religion when I joined the military. I do not believe in subjecting myself to all of the behavior modification and sensitivity training. They’re going to try to push the position that this is an acceptable lifestyle.”

The officer also predicts problems with retention and recruitment.

He also incorporates many of the related issues I recently covered in my Editorial of December

eighteenth:”SENATORS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR REPEAL” – In my editorial I made the case that AIDS will be a major problem with gays serving openly in the military.

I commend this patriotic officer and share his religious convictions; I hope every officer has the courage of his convictions and will ask to be relieved of command over repeal of DADT.

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