He's entitled to his opinion, but...
They should have no relevance on public policy...is this man capable of really leading the military?
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday he considers homosexuality to be immoral and the military should not condone it by allowing gay personnel to serve openly, the Chicago Tribune reported.The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy has been a disaster. Thousands of gay soldiers have been drummed out of the military for nothing - including more than 50 specialists in Arabic who are sorely needed. Everybody should have the opportunity to serve their country - and I should say that gay people have always served and served well.
Marine Gen. Peter Pace likened homosexuality to adultery, which he said was also immoral, the newspaper reported on its Web site.
"I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way," Pace told the newspaper in a wide-ranging interview.
Pace, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, said he based his views on his upbringing.
He said he supports the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell policy" in which gay men and women are allowed in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation private. The policy, signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, prohibits commanders from asking about a person's sexual orientation.
"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts," Pace said.
I also believe in the separation of church and state. The issue of whether gays should be allowed to serve their country has never been couched in morality. It looks like Pace is using his religious beliefs to continue a bad public policy - instead of addressing the real issues of whether gays can effectively serve.
Of course, the military has never made a really strong argument on why gays should be excluded - afterall the Israelies allow gays to openly serve and it hasn't hurt their military.