by Taylor Marsh
No kidding, general. General Pace's personal beliefs have no business in this debate. The fact that he's absolutely wrong is also a point worth discussing. That a Republican leader is slamming the general is too.
In a rare rebuke of the nation's top military officer, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., says he strongly disagrees with Gen. Peter Pace's views that homosexuality is "immoral."
"I respectfully, but strongly, disagree with the chairman's view that homosexuality is immoral," Warner said in a statement released by his office.
Warner was reacting to Pace's unusual defense of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.
Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune that he supported the policy because he believed homosexuality was "immoral" and that the military "should not condone immoral acts."
And Pace is not backing down. In a statement released this afternoon, he clarified his comments, saying, "In expressing my support for the current policy, I also offered some personal opinions about moral conduct. ... I should have focused more on my support of the policy and less on my personal moral views."
It doesn't stop there; next up, Alan Simpson.
As a lifelong Republican who served in the Army in Germany, I believe it is critical that we review -- and overturn -- the ban on gay service in the military. I voted for "don't ask, don't tell." But much has changed since 1993. ... ..
These two Republicans, Warner and Simpson, would make Barry Goldwater proud. Unfortunately, it stops there.
But the real issue is the '08 Republican hypocrisy on moral values (must see video here) that stem from the incompetence in Iraq, to the failures after Katrina, to the failures to take care of veterans in the Walter Reed scandal, just the latest outrage in Republican "support the troop" failures.
The comments on this post illustrate the passion behind the wingnuts on a matter that is nothing more than religious bigotry. They're proud of their ignorance to boot.
People choose to be gay...mainly because it's now trendy...so they can take all that goes with that choice. They shouldn't have the same rights. - Not Matt Shepherd
I think gays should be allowed in the military on one condition. They must ONLY fight on the front line - robertjames
We each have to hold ourselves to a higher moral level, before casting the first stone. I agree with the General. I do not like to have anyone (mostly the media) try to presuade me into believing homosexuality is acceptable. The General compared it to Adultry, I compare it to sexual deviant behaviour, not unlike adults wanting to have sex with children. You may not like to hear what I have to say, but this is AMERICA, where I am free to say what I believe and for the love of my country, I want it held to a higher moral level than you do. - highermorallevel
I think it's about time that someone stood up and said what they believe instead of trying to be a coward or try to be pc. He said what he believed and spoke his mind. And do..as always........throw in the homophobia. I could give two hoots about someones sexual choice. I do not go round saying I'm straight. Now, however, people ask. Adam and Eve...Adam and Steve would have netted nana. Yes, I am a christian and will not condone a lifestyle other than what the bible commands. The don't ask don't tell came from ole slick willy.......one of many of his blunders. And where have you been with the "they are now allowing criminals" into the military? Many years ago for men it was either serve your country or go to jail. - katt
I feel it's fine to be gay,as long as they practice celibacy! - Joe D.
am very proud to be an American today! It is wonderful to know that the leadership of our military has such high moral standards. He is right--100%! Neither homosexual acts nor adultery should be allowed or condoned by any of us.
As for the comment regarding General Pace being "an educated military man and he should know better", apparently he does! Apparently he showed just how upstanding and intelligent he is. Apparently he knows what it takes to make our military the best in the world. - KIM
The Republican Party has absolutely no moral grounding or standing any longer. Just look at the GOP field for '08. Wives abound, in serial marriages that exceed two, even three divorces, plus a marriage to a third cousin, with regular cross-dressing on the side. No wonder Mitt Romney is looking better to the wingnuts. He's the only contender with one wife. Insert Mrs. Romney's Mormon joke here.
"The biggest difference between Mitt Romney and the other candidates," she said, is that Mitt has "only had one wife." - Hotline
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