Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), in a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta today questioned the decision to allow uniformed service members to participate in this past weekend’s gay pride parade in San Diego.
“Based on the current standing DOD Directive 1344.10 and separate service department regulations, service members ‘shall not march or ride in a partisan political parade,’” wrote Inhofe in the letter. “These directives and regulations are unambiguous and straight forward with the intent of preserving the military’s apolitical stance. If the Navy can punish a Chaplain for participating in a pro-life event or a Marine participating in a political rally, it stands to reason that DOD should maintain the same standard and preclude service members in uniform from marching in a gay pride parade. I respectfully request a detailed explanation of the rational you used to grant this ‘one time waiver’ of DOD policy, who requested the waiver, why this waiver was considered justified over other requests, and whether you are considering other exceptions to current policy.”
Inhofe is concerned the Obama administration continues to force its liberal social agenda on the military by promoting the homosexual agenda, mandating the use of high-cost green energy initiatives, pursuing abortion rights, and suppressing the free exercise of religious liberties. Outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz was recently quoted in a news report saying his concern is with “people in leadership roles – commanders’ roles – who did not appreciate sufficiently…the need to exercise care in how they articulate their faith.” Schwartz added that he is worried when commanders “appear to promote” particular beliefs, because those under the command could feel “at a disadvantage if they did not align accordingly.”
These comments, targeted at religious beliefs, do not appear to apply to promoting the liberal social agenda.
Read the full letter here.
Hostility towards religion in the military under the Obama Administration
April 2010—Franklin Graham is disinvited from a National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon.
August 2011—The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine.
September 2011—Air Force Chief of Staff Schwartz prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of chaplain programs and services available to them.
September 2011—The Navy issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” Once the issue became public, the Navy reversed the decision.
September 2011—The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
November 2011—The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity.
February 2012—The U.S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian.
February 2012—The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).
February 2012—The Army silences Catholic chaplains, ordering them not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read regarding abortion and the Obama Administration’s policies.