- Post 19 September 2012
- By Copy Editor
(Bob Unruh | WND) - Barack Obama’s presidency-long campaign to expand privileges for same-sex duos, from the right to practice homosexuality openly in the military to his refusal to defend federal law describing marriage as between a man and a woman, may be about to blow up into a controversy, just as the 2012 election reaches its peak.
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.
“Some heads should roll for this,” a Vietnam veteran who volunteers at Glory Chapel at Ft. Polk in Louisiana said in a letter to Rep. Howard McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
“I am disgusted over the matter and to even make matters worse, [the presiding chaplain] is being allowed to be a Sunday School teacher in the main post chapel. Here is a chaplain that should be fired for his actions and yet he is being allowed to teach Sunday school. What does he have to teach?”
The situation which developed over the summer has been documented by Elaine Donnelly of Center for Military Readiness. Her organization previously reported that the Department of Defense decided to let military chaplains perform same-sex “marriages” in states where they are legal. But dozens of states by law or by constitutional amendment have defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
In a letter to Sen. John McCain, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she said, “It is not the role of Congress to resolve religious issued, but the problem here has been caused by the Pentagon’s circumvention of the Defense of Marriage Act, and by the lack of protection for the rights of conscience and religious liberty in the repeal legislation.
“The incident calls into question claims that LGBT law has been universally accepted and smoothly implemented,” she continued. “The Pentagon is not recognizing or admitting problems because there is no way that military people can express their concerns on matters such as this.”
Her group assembled letters from a variety of those in the Ft. Polk community, and forwarded them to Congress.
It was the Vietnam veteran who wrote when he discovered a same-sex “marriage” had been conducted in the chapel he attends, “I literally felt sick at my stomach.”
“It was a totally and direct disregard for the Louisiana state law that does not acknowledge same-sex marriage,” he wrote.
Donnelly told McCain that the evidence supports the belief that the ceremony has “caused serious division in the faith community.” She outlined that the ceremony was held May 19, 2012, even though the state does not allow for same-sex “marriages.”
The same-sex union-promoting chaplain apparently did not let the installation chaplain know of the plans ahead of time, but the base also did not pursue any disciplinary action. The result was that several dozen members of the congregation also signed a letter to the base, stating, “As a congregation, we are asking that you remove [the presiding chaplain] from leadership roles within the Protestant service. [We are] … asking that he not be allowed to preach in our service.”
They continued, “The Gospel service is especially grieved that, regardless of how you may argue the building is neutral, spiritually that is our regular place of worship where we meet several times a week to worship our God. It has been sanctified as His Sacred, Holy Sanctuary and it has been defiled by immorality.”
A letter from a community volunteer at the chapel wrote, “Many parishioners have left the Protestant congregation due to this matter.” A prayer team member added, “The chaplaincy was created by Gen. Washington for the purpose of preserving the good character of soldiers living virtuous lives.”
A policy analysis by the CMR noted that Congress and the military are advocating for the “constitutional rights” of those who support same-sex “marriages” but they have not been protecting the rights of those who do not.
The foundational procedures, in fact, are a threat to constitutional rights, the analysis said. ... Full Story...