Repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

If you read my [quite lengthy] three-part series on Melissa’s and my conversion to Catholicism—in part because the church has not caved to modern moral relativism on issues of sexual morality—you might be surprised to find that I oppose the U.S. military’s longstanding policy of prohibiting homosexual persons from serving in our armed forces. President Bill Clinton’s (D) somewhat loosened policy—referred to as ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’—was an improvement, but it’s still pretty silly.

I personally believe that homosexual activity is a sin, and I cannot comprehend how any Christian who has read his Bible could believe otherwise, but when it comes to civil politics I support almost everything covered by the term ‘gay rights’ (excluding particularly radical things like redefining the millennia-old definition of the word marriage). What people do in their bedrooms, and who they choose to do it with, is not the government’s business. The U.S. government cannot and should not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Nathanial Frank writes in a commentary piece in much more detail than what I am writing today, and his argument is clear and sound. It’s also worth pointing out that it is absolutely ludicrous to prohibit willing men and women from joining our armed forces because of something that is not even slightly germane to their service. It is especially ludicrous today, when we are faced with constant threats and our military is struggling to meet its recruitment goals.

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.