A year ago, the gay rights agenda succeeded in pressuring the Pentagon into repealing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military. To demonstrate how well the system has been working the Pentagon has told everyone that the transition has gone smoothly with no negative impact on recruitment, morale and readiness.
However, if you ask opponents of gays serving in the military, some will gladly tell you that it has not gone nearly as smoothly as the Pentagon makes it out to be. Others won’t tell you anything because they are too afraid of ramifications from within the ranks of the Pentagon.
Brigadier General Douglas Lee, Army Retired, says troops fear the consequences if they question or say anything against homosexuality and gays serving. Lee, Board President of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty stated:
“Everywhere you look in the military, I think it’d be safe to say there’s simply pressure to not rock the boat on this.”
“There’s no vehicle or way for them to express what they’re thinking about these subjects — they have to suck it up, as they say. There are people now who live in what I call a culture of fear and don’t want to speak out about it.”
“We get emails and letters and our chaplains get comments in their private sessions with people. There’s a lot of discontent out there and concern about this issue.”
As I read more of these reports, it reminds me of the issues that arose after they started allowing females to serve in many areas of the military previously kept from them. Many women were sexually harassed and raped but intimidated into not filing reports or complaints of the attacks. Some servicewomen who tried to report sexual attacks were demoted, others were passed up for promotion and others found themselves the targets of even worse sexual harassment and gang rape. It didn’t take long for female service members to learn to keep their mouths shut.
It sounds like the same thing is happening to anyone, male or female, who just expresses their dislike or uncomfortable feelings about gays in the military. Seems the new policy in the military is ‘Don’t Complain, Don’t Yell’ because if you do your life will be a living hell.