As long as current military leaders disagree about DADT, Congress should not interfere. Our country is engaged in two wars. This policy-reversal has the potential to negatively impact our military. It is simply a case of bad timing.
In the process, Sekulow made clear that if DADT is repealed, he thinks military chaplains should join in his gay-bashing:
If DADT is repealed, the American Center for Law & Justice is committed to advocating for the ability of military chaplains to do their job according to the dictates of their faith. The ACLJ has a long history of defending military chaplains.
While that paragraph may seem innocuous, Sekulow also linked back to a previous post in which he made clear that he believes the "dictates of their faith" include declaring gays an "abomination" and "shameful."
But now, perhaps recognizing that 70 percent of white evangelicals disagree with him, the Post's new Religious Right Now blogger has changed his tune on Don't Ask, Don't Tell:
No DADT, no problem
The outdated, unworkable "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law will likely be repealed in the next few days. As a Christian conservative broadcaster, attorney, and activist who recently discussed DADT and my opinion about it on-air, I can say that for the most part, social conservatives are not enraged about the end of DADT. In fact, the grassroots has not been engaged on this issue for a long time.
I wrote about this previously for On Faith, arguing that DADT does not violate the Constitution and could be defended in court. But after much public debate and a repeal imminent, it has become clear that there is no reason for DADT; there are more important issues.
Even more striking: Rather than repeat his implication that military chaplains should continue to denounce gay service members, Sekulow adopts a far more conciliatory tone:
Close bonds form in the military. How can we expect people serving long tours of duty and fighting two wars to act as if their personal life at home does not exist when talking to their co-defenders of freedom? If you're concerned about problems developing, remember that the military has strict rules on troop relationships and harassment. Those rules won't disappear with the repeal of DADT.
We live in a new time. As a young member of the "religious right," if a gay friend or family member came to me and said they wanted to join the military, I would gladly be the first to congratulate and thank them. I do not believe they should be barred from serving because of their sexual orientation.
When even Jordan Sekulow is praising the repeal of DADT, you know the times are a-changing -- which makes the Washington Post's hospitality to an endless parade of anti-gay bigots all the more bizarre.