Bestiality Should Give Leaders Paws in Troop Bill
The dust is finally starting to clear over the rubble of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, and our military is beginning to see what's on the horizon: a campaign to radicalize the country from the Pentagon out. It started by toppling the barrier to open homosexuality. And it continues with an assault on marriage and religious freedom. Now, in its rush to accommodate the Left, Congress may have inadvertently opened the door to even more perversion. As part of the Defense Authorization bill, liberals are pushing to make sodomy a legal activity under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). In its haste to make gay sex an official part of military life, the Left could be unintentionally repealing the ban on bestiality too. Article 125 of the UCMJ, which Democrats are targeting, clearly states: "Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy."
Just as Congress haphazardly overturned "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Senate Democrats are once again acting without thinking. While we'd like to believe this is an oversight on their part, it does point to the administration's pattern of undermining the environment that the military Code was intended to create. Unlike civilian entities, the military operates under stringent moral guidelines so that it can perform its job efficiently. In fact, most people don't realize that the military still outlaws adultery. These are the kinds of distractions that our troops try to eliminate--not because it's socially responsible (although that is a good reason), but because it's physically and emotionally responsible. After all, these aren't your typical office romances. These are highly trained men and women on the front lines of national security. In the best of circumstances, sexual relationships are not without risk. But in the military, that risk is not to one or two people, but to an entire unit. If Congress insists on relaxing the rules on sodomy and bestiality, will the prohibition on adultery be next?
This is the slippery slope that FRC warned of. For three long years, President Obama has worked to draft the military into his radical social agenda. Obviously, the administration understands that once it breaks down the values and inhibitions of our Defense Department, society will be easier to wear down. Here, the unintended consequence of that push opens the door to an act so vile it's embarrassing to mention--let alone tolerate. When FRC made the discovery, we sought confirmation from former and current military attorneys. One of those sources, a law professor and former judge advocate, replied that yes, by eliminating Article 125, the Senate would be creating a legal argument for bestiality. This may not have been deliberate, but it's certainly conceivable from leaders who pay so little attention to the consequences of their extreme social agenda.
Will Court Pray Attention to Religious Freedom?
Christians can enjoy religious freedom--just not in a public setting. Once they step foot in that domain, it seems liberals are waiting to strip them of their rights under a misinterpretation of the Establishment Clause. Unfortunately for the pastors in Forsyth County, North Carolina, that's exactly what happened when they volunteered to open town meetings in prayer. In 2007, the Board caved to pressure and ordered these pastors to stop praying in Jesus's name--despite a 96% Christian population in the County. After battling for years in court, the suit has finally wound its way to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Our friends at the Alliance Defense Fund have filed a petition asking the justices to hear the case after a disastrous ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. FRC and 15 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Prayer Caucus also weighed in with an amicus brief in hopes that the Court will stop this wave of anti-religious censorship. To read our brief, click here.
Fromm Here to Eternity
Speaking of religious intolerance, it abounded in the case of one California couple that was cited by the city for holding a weekly Bible study in their home. In some rare good news, it seems officials in San Juan Capistrano finally backed down after attorneys for the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) appealed the charges in court. The hundreds of dollars in fines have been refunded, and PJI will work to change the ridiculous terms of the city's Land Use Code so that other families don't end up like Chuck and Stephanie Fromm. Congratulations to Pacific Justice Institute for restoring a freedom as old as America itself: religious assembly!
** If you missed it, I stopped by "America Live with Megyn Kelly" on Fox News this afternoon to talk 2012 politics. To watch, click on the video below.
*** Tomorrow on "Today's Issues," Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), will join me to discuss the story of the 200-pound third grader who was taken from his mother and placed in foster care because of his weight. Henry Potrykus of FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) will also be here to discuss his new paper on fertility.