By Tony Perkins/Family Research CouncilJune 04, 2021
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Forget the screaming children on the Rio Grande, the cyber attacks on our meat plants and pipelines. Don't worry about the overseas unrest or the price hikes on gas and food. The serious issues will have to wait. Because there's only one thing on the president's mind right now -- and that's Pride month.
It's been four years since Americans have had to live through an administration's month-long rainbow love fest. Of course, Joe Biden, who made LGBT activism his number-one priority, didn't wait for June to start his radical government revolution.
From the minute he stepped into the Oval Office, the perversion of education, health care, our troops, foreign policy, taxpayer spending, facilities, school sports, and social services has been at the top of his to-do list.
Already, the president brags in his proclamation on LGBT Pride month, he's managed to saturate his administration with an army of LGBT extremists. "Nearly 14 percent of my 1,500 agency appointees identify as LGBTQ" -- giving the radical agenda a foothold in every level of government.
Making matters more outrageous, Biden has decided to order everyone in a military uniform to play along. The Pentagon, which is so busy grand marshalling the president's Pride parades that it barely has time for real work, announced Tuesday that it might consider allowing rainbow flags to be flown on installations along with the stars and stripes.
It would be a dramatic departure from the Trump administration, which banned bases from flying anything but Old Glory and the POW/MIA colors. Apparently, the White House wants to add to the controversies it started in the State Department by unfurling the rainbow at embassies around the world where the symbol is seen as offensive.
In 2020, under Trump's DOD, the policy was simple: "The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
Now, with Biden launching a full-scale rainbow offensive, some members are pushing back. The idea of turning our flagpoles into an LGBT infomercial is so contentious that Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) introduced a bill called the Old Glory Only Act. "The United States flag is the single greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known, and there's no reason for anything but Old Glory to be flying..." he insisted.
But the flag is just one of Biden's targets. The military chaplaincy is another. In a sign of just how radicalized our branches have become, some Leftist leaders are calling for the ouster of anyone in a religious role who doesn't affirm the sexuality or identity of any soldier. "I believe the Army Chaplain Corps has failed to safeguard the wellbeing, dignity, and value of our LGBTQI+ soldiers," wrote Major David Evans in the Army Times. "A chaplain is not a government-paid missionary, and an individual chaplain's right to religious freedom cannot override any soldier's right to be valued and cared for."
It used to be that people who identified as LGBT had to hide their illicit sexual relationships in the military. Now, this administration thinks it's time for chaplains to hide theirs -- with God.
"This is all about having a woke military," FRC's Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin said. "From the beginning of the chaplain's corps in our military -- which started all the way back in the Revolutionary War -- chaplains have never been asked as a policy of the Department of Defense or of the military to violate their own conscience or to compromise on fundamental issues of their faith, regardless of whether they were Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, or whatever they were. And now, because we're bringing in this Marxist theology," he warned, we're taking away the spiritual tools these men and women need to do their jobs.
In order for that extreme ideology to take root, these Leftists understand that they have to remove religious convictions and views. And that's what is afoot here, as it pertains to the military chaplains.
People like Major Evans want you to believe that the primary job of a spiritual leader in the ranks is to celebrate or encourage the troops' harmful behavior. That's absolutely false. Chaplains are there to attend to the spiritual needs of our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines. And that oftentimes means telling them the truth -- whether they want to hear it or not.
Regardless, the military's job isn't to champion causes. It's to fight and win wars. So the more of this LGBT advocacy that we see, the more vulnerable our country becomes. Just this past week, a group of almost 40 House Democrats introduced a piece of legislation that would stop the DOD from stationing military members with trans-identifying children in any state or country that doesn't give them access to mutilating surgery or hormone treatments.
That would include places like Arkansas, where they've outlawed experimentation on minors. In other words, the Pentagon would let a son or daughter's LGBT preferences get in the way of a servicemember's deployment! How on earth does that improve military readiness?
Barack Obama spent eight years using our military as a mule for his social agenda. Now, his second-in-command is picking up right where he left off -- wasting time and money on political distractions that aren't just devastating for people in uniform, but for America's mission at large.