The Palm before the Storm
It was exactly one year ago today that the Defense Department lifted its ban on open homosexuality in the military--and liberal groups are tripping over themselves to insist that nothing has changed. One commentator said it played out like Y2K--all of the hype, none of the consequences. The Palm Center at the University of California Los Angeles went so far as to argue that the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) has only "enhanced" the military's effectiveness. (Of course, since the Palm Center 's mission is to serve the needs of the homosexual movement, their conclusion was somewhat inevitable.)
In the last few days, I've fielded plenty of calls from reporters asking, "Where's all the fallout that FRC predicted?" And I'll tell you what I told them. It's impossible to gauge the full effect of sexualizing the military in one year. But make no mistake--the repercussions have begun. We've witnessed it in the decline of religious freedom, the censoring of chaplains, the embrace of same-sex "marriage," and the special treatment for homosexual soldiers. "While many will ignore the negative impacts, or pretend that they don't exist, threats to our troops' freedom are mounting," said retired Chaplain Ron Crews, whose organization, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, is cataloguing consequence after consequence of repeal.
Even the Palm Center, whose rosy picture of an "open" military is dominating headlines, couldn't bury all of its findings. In a Military Times survey from January 2012, it noted: "Of 792 active-duty service members and mobilized reservists who completed the survey, 150 (18.9%) indicated that since DADT was repealed, someone in their units disclosed being gay or bisexual. Of those, 32 (21.3%) said that the disclosure had a negative impact on their units. In addition, 36 (4.5%) reported that since DADT was repealed, an openly gay or bisexual person joined their units. Of those, 12 (33.3%) said that the newcomer had a negative impact on their units."
Has America's military completely collapsed in the first year after repeal? Of course not--our service members are too professional to let that to happen. But these challenges are only a non-story because the media won't tell the story. We need only look at no-fault divorce in the 1970s to recognize that radical shifts in public policy take decades to fully manifest. No one can honestly deny the impact that no-fault divorce has had on children and the institution of the family. Within 20 years of the introduction of no-fault divorce, we saw the acceleration of cohabitation, single-parent homes, and unintended pregnancies. By the time Americans recognized their mistake, it was too late. Let's hope the same isn't true for our brave men and women in uniform.