Navy capt. temporarily relieved of command for anti-gay video

NBC News:

NBC News Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski reports tonight that in the wake of controversial videos that recently came to light, U.S. Navy Captain Owen Honors will be temporarily relieved of his command of the aircraft carrier Enterprise as early as tomorrow, pending the Navy’s formal investigation.

Miklaszewski (on tape): This is what landed Capt. Honors in all this trouble — a series of raunchy videos, laced with profanity and gay bashing, produced aboard the Enteprise four to five years ago when he was the ship’s executive officer, second in command.

Honors (on tape): Well I guess we won’t be showing this to the kids at home.

Miklaszewski (on tape): Not only did Honors condone the videos, he took center stage — appearing in one edited shot as three different people.

Honors (on tape): Finally, let’s get to my favorite topic, and foreign to the gay kid over there, chicks in the shower.

Miklaszewski (on tape): In flips-flops and a shower cap, Honors plays to the camera — revealing both men, and women supposedly showering together. In another segment Honors unleashes a barrage of hard-core profanity. At one point, Honors and others engage in simulated sex acts — unconcerned that any of his crew, men or women, may be offended.

While videos like this are not uncommon in the military — Navy officials say THESE videos have crossed a line — calling them “clearly inappropriate” and “not acceptable in today’s Navy.”

Navy investigators also want to find out how Honors was promoted to the top commander of the Enterprise, even after these videos were first discovered four years ago.

Here’s the video that caused the problems. I’m curious what you think of it. I was expecting something far worse than what I just watched. I’m glad the Obama administration, and the Pentagon in particular, is taking this issue seriously, and I’m not thrilled about the use of the word f-g, or the mocking of the one guy as supposedly gay, but overall I expected something far more offensive. You?


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WND on DADT: Officer asks to be relieved of command over repeal

“I did not give up my constitutional rights and freedom of religion when I joined the military. I don’t believe in subjecting myself to all of the behavior modification and sensitivity training. They’re going to try to push the position that this is an acceptable lifestyle.”

— an unnamed Army lieutenant colonel, who, according to WND, has “asked to be relieved of command rather than order his troops to go through pro-homosexual indoctrination.”

Alvin posted earlier about the “butt sex” obsession of the documented hate organization American Family Association when it comes to DADT repeal. You can add WorldNetDaily to that list, under the headline “The gaying of America.”

Currently the commander of a battalion-sized unit in the Army National Guard, the officer also has threatened to resign his commission rather than undergo “behavior modification” training intended to counter his religious convictions about homosexuality.

The soldier sent the following letter to his commanding officer:

Subject: Request for Relief from Command due to Personal Moral Conflict with New Homosexual Policy

1. I respectfully request to be relieved of Command of XXX Squadron, XXX Cavalry prior to new policy implementation subsequent to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” My personal religious beliefs and moral convictions do not permit me to treat homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle, compatible with military service, any more than adultery, illicit drug use, or criminal activity. I believe this lifestyle runs counter to good order and discipline in military units, and I refuse to sacrifice my belief system, protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, in order to fall in line with the command policy that will logically follow. This new policy will undoubtedly include mandatory sensitivity training as well as same-sex partner inclusion in Family Readiness Group activities and integration into the full spectrum of other military benefits, as well as a whole new category of discrimination standards and investigative procedures. I will not, as a commander, put my signature on a training schedule or other document recognizing or legitimizing any of these things that contradict my personal beliefs.

2. I would like to remain in the XXX Army National Guard until I am eligible for retirement (at 20 years and 0 days), which would be in the late summer of 2012, but on grounds of my religious beliefs, I will not attend sensitivity or behavior modification training consequential to this policy change, even if it means disciplinary action. I regret that I cannot continue to serve in the military further, but feel that my efforts would be insincere because my heart will no longer be in it.”

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WND Claims Army Colonel Has Requested To Be Relieved Of Command Over DADT

Christianist website World Net Daily is claiming that an unnamed Army colonel has requested to be relieved of his command rather than serve under a repealed DADT.

A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army has confirmed to WND that he is asking to be relieved of the command of his squadron because of the new policy. And former combat personnel are telling WND that they are continuing to keep the pressure on Congress to reverse itself. “I have already requested through my chain of command that I be relieved of command of my squadron prior to new policy implementation on grounds that my personal beliefs don’t permit me to force the coming ‘behavior modifications’ training and other inevitable policies on my soldiers,” the officer, whose name has been withheld, wrote to WND. The statement highlights the question of whether soldiers themselves are ready to go along with the controversial social experiment imposed by Congress, or whether they’ll carefully withdraw from command positions and troop ranks, pack their bags and leave the military.

World Net Daily, which is among the most widely-read conservative sites in the world, is asking for other anti-gay soldiers and officers to come forward with their post-DADT plans.

Joe. My. God.

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FL adoption case plaintiff Martin Gill: ‘I really felt relieved for the first time’

Steve Rothaus has excellent coverage of the news that the Attorney General of Florida decided not to appeal the Gill case decision. He’s got statements for the key playere, including McCollum. I really like Steve’s post with this quote from plaintiff Martin Gill:

“This is the first time I felt a sense of closure, finality,” Gill told me Friday night during an ACLU reception at the Shore Club hotel in South Beach. “I really felt relieved for the first time — and a sense of pride for what we accomplished for the state of Florida.”

And, check out the photos from last night’s party, especially this one.

Adoption is an issue in Florida’s elections:

In the tight gubernatorial race, Democrat Alex Sink has said she would support same-sex adoptions, while her opponent, Republican Rick Scott opposes it.

“What I believe is marriage is between a man and a woman . . I believe that children are raised in a more healthy environment if they are raised by a married couple,” said Scott when asked in Wednesday’s debate whether he thought homosexuality is immoral.

In the race for attorney general, Democrat Dan Gelber has praised the appeals court’s decision and agrees gays should be able to adopt. His opponent, Republican Pam Bondi, has said she opposes gay adoption and has pledged to pursue an appeal.


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