From: Gary Bauer []
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:17 PM
Subject: Special Report 3-13-07

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary Bauer

Special Report

General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is taking hostile fire today for expressing his support for the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. General Pace made his comments in an interview with the Chicago Tribune yesterday. This morning, Pace’s comments were headlines on the Internet, and homosexual activists are calling for an apology. I would not be surprised if there were demands for his resignation before the day is over.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the policy of the United States military, and as the Pentagon’s top officer, General Pace is obligated to defend military policies. To review, the policy came about as the result of a failed attempt by President Bill Clinton and the previous Democrat Congress to repeal the ban on homosexuals in the military. When faced with stiff opposition from the military brass, the American people, and powerful politicians like then-chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, Clinton backed down and accepted the compromise that permitted homosexuals to serve in the military so long as they were not open about their same-sex attraction and did not otherwise make an issue of it.

As I have often said, elections have consequences, and with the Democrat victory last November, there is now a renewed push by homosexual activists to repeal this compromise. Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives last month to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Meehan’s bill, H.R. 1246, currently has 113 co-sponsors.

But what really has General Pace in such “hot water” is not that he defended the policy, but that he made the “mistake” of answering honestly and dared to express his view that homosexual conduct is “immoral” – a view shared by millions of Americans and taught by every major religion. Once again, we are seeing how the demands to normalize homosexuality are coming in direct conflict with religious freedom.

This is yet one more example of why we are losing the culture war. We have gone from a culture where expressing support for immoral behavior could cost you your job to a culture where expressing support for traditional morality can cost you your job. When a small group of radicals can convince us that our values are “bigoted,” that we must remain silent, that we have no rights to express our views publicly, they win and we lose. The debate is shut down because we have surrendered the field.

My friends, I refuse to be silenced and you should, too! Please call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 and express your support for General Pace. Then call your representatives in Congress at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to oppose H.R. 1246.

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