Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
World Net Daily: A recent military report on sexual assault in the military shocked many in Washington and around the nation, but a leading expert on military personnel revealed the prevalence of men assaulting other men is one of the major headlines in this study.
WorldNetDaily: A new report on a U.S. Marines plan to put women in “tip of the spear” combat positions argues females are not “equal” when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. The report by the Center for Military Readiness, or CMR, warns America’s social experiment with the members of its military may become costly.
“Army Acknowledges Pedophilia Part Of Islam: Manual warns soldiers in Afghanistan not to talk about certain subjects” | WND
WorldNetDaily: A new Army manual that warns American soldiers in Afghanistan to avoid talking about certain topics has unwittingly acknowledged that Western taboos such as pedophilia are an inherent part of Islamic culture.
WorldNetDaily: It’s because the U.S. military apparently has flaunted a same-sex “marriage” that was performed on a military based by a chaplain – in a state where such “unions” are illegal.
Human Events: Approved portions of the 2012 Republican National Platform dealing with defense would support conscience rights of military chaplains, censure “social experimentation” in the ranks, and maintain opposition to women serving in infantry units.
MetroWeekly: Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) plans to introduce an amendment on Wednesday to the National Defense Authorization Act in a mark-up of the bill before the House Armed Services Committee that is aimed at creating “a conscience protection clause” for military chaplains in the wake of the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” . . . Among the advocates included in the planning for the amendments being offered and from whom Johnson was seeking input were Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness; Brian Duggan, a lobbyist for the National Organization for Marriage; Austin Nimocks and Daniel Blomberg, lawyers with the Alliance Defense Fund . . .
One News Now: Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) has introduced H.R. 3828, which has been inserted into the 2012 House Defense Authorization Bill. It is designed to define and protect marriage and the rights of conscience in the military.
OneNewsNow.com: A conservative military watchdog believes Oklahoma might face some problems from the Obama administration if it passes a measure banning homosexuals from serving in the state’s National Guard.
Washington Times: Gingrich tough on women, gays in military
Des Moines Register: Romney says he hasn’t changed stance on gay rights
Military Culture Coalition: Romney Endorses Gays-In-Military (LGBT) Law; Gingrich Opposed
Elaine Donnelly at Washington Times: ccording to The Washington Times, in an Aug. 11 letter to Mr. Panetta, Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) disingenuously suggests that it would be “simple” to add “sexual orientation” to the five categories (race, color, sex, religion and national origin) covered under the Military Equal Opportunity program and Human Goals Charter. Such a change, he argues, would justify 10 mostly new administrative policies.
Implementation of the repeal is planned for next Tuesday, September 20, but the repeal legislation requires written regulations (not PowerPoint slides), which the Defense Department has not
The Daily Caller: “The conservative coalition has always been unstable. And homosexuality may be the issue on which it shatters . . . Peter Wehner says that these groups could give the impression ‘that they do not have the arguments needed to win on the merits’ . . . By voting with their feet, however, social conservatives are not giving up, they are taking a public stand — which creates a forum to make their case more effectively.”
Christian Science Monitor: “This year also saw a low profile for social conservative groups as Congress debated the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ The Senate’s decision to allow openly gay service members in the armed forces – a vote that eight Republicans backed – sent a signal that the influence of social conservative groups on Capitol Hill is slipping.”
WorldNetDaily: “Two of the nation’s premier moral issues organizations, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, are refusing to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in February because a homosexual activist group, GOProud, has been invited.”
Michael Foust reports at Baptist Press: “‘No Americans, and especially not our troops, should be forced to abandon their religious beliefs,’ Alliance Defense Fund attorney [Daniel Blomberg] said in a statement. ‘We hope that our nation’s leaders will work to ensure that none of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are ever made to choose between serving their country or obeying their God as result of this damaging policy decision. And ADF stands ready to defend service members if they are ever unconstitutionally required to make that choice.’”
Center for Military Readiness: “The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has released submissions it has made to the Pentagon Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG), the ad hoc panel charged by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to assess the impact of repeal of the law on gays in the military on the armed forces.”
Chad Groening writing at OneNewsNow: “A conservative military watchdog argues that the controversial Ninth Circuit has created a situation that will make it more difficult for the U.S. military to defend its decision to kick a lesbian nurse out of the Air Force Reserve.”
FRC’s Tony Perkins to join news conference call today to discuss new survey on homosexuals in the military
Family Research Council: “Family Research Council President Tony Perkins will participate in a news conference call today at 11 AM ET to discuss the release of a new survey by the Center for Military Readiness gauging the opinions of likely voters on the Defense Authorization bill’s amendments forcing open homosexuality on the military and turning military hospitals into abortion facilities.” [The call includes Daniel Blomberg, Litigation Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund]
WorldNetDaily: “‘Any justice nominated to the Supreme Court should apply the Constitution faithfully and according to the intent of the founders who drafted it. As Thomas Jefferson said, the judiciary becomes a “despotic branch” if judges decide for themselves what is and is not constitutional,’ said Senior Counsel [Gary McCaleb], of the Alliance Defense Fund . . . ADF CEO [Alan Sears] said, ‘Thomas Jefferson noted in 1804 that “the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the legislature and the executive also in their spheres, would make the judiciary a despotic branch.”‘”
One News Now: “A conservative military watchdog says the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was ‘way out of line’ when he recently asked troops if they supported repealing the ban on homosexuals serving in the military.”
NewsMax: “At a news conference in Washington, D.C. last Thursday, Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, argued against repeal of the current military eligibility law known as DADT that has been in effect since 1993 . . . Others speaking out against Obama’s plan to promote gays in the military included David Keene, President of the American Conservative Union; Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy; retired Admiral James A. Lyons, former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund; Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America; and Mathew Staver, Dean of the Liberty University School of Law.”
Metro Weekly: “A not insignificant focus of [CPAC} centered around the impact of a change in policy on military chaplains, in part because of the attention drawn to the issue in a 5-page letter sent by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) to the president and Secretary Gates on Wednesday. As Jordan Lorence, the senior vice president and senior counsel at the ADF, said at the news conference, ‘This change in policy will negatively affect military readiness by creating a conflict of conscience for military chaplains. One of the first times in American history, there will be an open conflict between the virtues taught by the chaplains and the moral message delivered by the military.’”
OneNewsNow: “Elaine Donnelly is president of the Center for Military Readiness, which has been leading the charge against repealing the law. On Thursday she was joined by a number of other conservative organizations — including Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, The Center for Security Policy, and Alliance Defense Fund — in voicing strong opposition to repealing the law . . . ‘I said at the time [of] the president’s speech that . . . the statement that he wants to repeal this law was going to backfire,’ she stated yesterday.”
WorldNetDaily: “A team of top-drawer civil and religious rights lawyers is accusing President Obama of establishing a religion for the U.S. military through his demand to promote open homosexuality in the ranks . . . The letter was signed by Gary McCaleb, senior vice president and senior counsel; Jordan Lorence, senior vice president and senior counsel; Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel; and Kevin Theriot; senior counsel . . . ‘Military chaplains who have volunteered to defend the liberties protected in our Constitution shouldn’t be denied those very same liberties,’ said Theriot. ‘Forcing chaplains to deny the teachings of their faith in order to serve in the armed forces is a grave threat to the First Amendment and to the spiritual health of Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen who depend on them.’”
Advocate: “Leaders of antigay groups, including Center for Military Readiness president Elaine Donnelly (pictured), will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to call for maintaining the military’s antigay ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy . . . Joining Donnelly at the press conference, according to information obtained by People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch blog, will be . . . Jordan W. Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund. . . .”
“Essay contest winner Om Prakash is entitled to his opinions, but his JFQ article showed little evidence of serious research beyond the usual polemics produced by the California-based Michael D. Palm Center and other homosexualist groups . . . ”