The American Family Association today sent out an e-mail “Action Alert” with the oh-so-alarming subject line, “Obama’s new military: Gays showering with straights.” It included a strident call for the AFA faithful to inundate their representatives in Congress with demands not to repeal the military’s anti-gay “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Here’s how it starts out: “Gays showering with straights? Absolutely. If President Obama, congressional Democrats, and homosexual activists get their wish, your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals who may very well view them with sexual interest. Talk about creating a hostile work environment for people who practice normative sexuality!”
It goes on then to quote Gen. Colin Powell, who back in 1993 was against “integrating gays and lesbians” into the military. (He has long since changed his mind — AFA calls it bowing to political correctness — and now speaks in favor of repealing DADT.
Read the whole e-mail after the jump.
“Gays showering with straights? Absolutely.
“If President Obama, congressional Democrats, and homosexual activists get their wish, your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals who may very well view them with sexual interest.
“Talk about creating a hostile work environment for people who practice normative sexuality!
“As former General Colin Powell observed in 1993 (before bowing to pressures of political correctness), “…it would be prejudicial to good order and discipline to try to integrate gays and lesbians in the current military structure.”
“He compellingly argued against the completely bogus comparison between race and sexual preference: ‘Skin color is a benign, nonbehavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps the most profound of human behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a convenient but invalid argument.’
“Here are some important facts:
“Both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (which includes four million vets) have come out strongly against overturning the ban, with the VFW calling it a ‘new social-engineering project.’
“More than 1,160 retired admirals and generals strongly oppose the change, saying that overturning the ban would ‘undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughter to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force.’
“Richard H. Black, the former chief of the U.S. Army’s criminal law division, citing numerous ‘criminal reports document[ing] serious offenses being committed frequently by homosexual GIs,’ calls the ban ‘an essential element of military discipline’ which ‘must be retained.’
“Overturning the ban will likely preclude advancement and promotions for officers and chaplains who do not publicly affirm homosexual behavior, essentially ending their military careers.
“If we do not insist that the ban on homosexual military service be retained, our military will no longer be the place America’s families want to send their best and brightest young men and women.
“Take Action. Email your representative and senators urging them to oppose the repeal of the ban on homosexuals in the military.
“Additional resource: AFA has established a dedicated webpage with extensive resources to help you understand and debate this issue.”
So there you have it: Proof positive that the anti-gay right-wingers will stoop to any low, engage in even the most outlandish and unbelievable scare tactics and not just distort the facts but lie outright to promote their hateful agenda.