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Fort Hood gay pride observance an affront to soldiers’ religious rights

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Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014 4:30 am

To the Editor:

It’s official. Fort Hood has announced that its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month observance to be held in June.

Clarence A. Johnson, director of the DOD’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, wrote, “We recognize gay, lesbian and bisexual service members and LGBT civilians for their dedicated service to our country; the heroic contributions made by these Americans strengthen our national security. During the month of June, let’s rededicate ourselves to equity, dignity and respect for all, and celebrate the diversity of the DOD workforce.”

Yeah, right.

Being gay didn’t make them heroes. Being good soldiers did — and race, gender, ethnicity and sexual persuasion had nothing to do with it, so knock it off.

In reality, this is yet another “in your face” Obama Defense Department-ordered affront to soldiers of faith.

This event trumps freedom of religion. The troops must accept this affront and their religious rights be damned.

Why is this necessary? Why do gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender soldiers get to have their own “Pride Observance?” Why do soldiers of faith who object to this on moral and religious grounds have to have this shoved in their faces?

Go ahead and be gay if that is your thing, but don’t shove your homosexuality in our faces. We don’t shove or parade around our heterosexuality in yours.

Here is what will happen by the PC crowd — guaranteed. Just as you can be dubbed a “racist” if you disagree with Barack Obama, you will be dubbed a “homophobe” if you object to this on moral and religious grounds.

Truly, bad has become good, good has become bad, and perversion has become normal — until judgment day, that is.

God isn’t politically correct and His laws never change.

Ed Coet

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11 comments:

  • ET92118 posted at 11:52 pm on Sat, Jul 19, 2014.

    ET92118 Posts: 1

    In September of 1992, fourteen soldiers from Ft. Hood were discharged from the service after they were videotaped engaging in homosexual acts in a public restroom. Nine were separated under "other than honorable conditions." Three received "general discharges," and therefore may receive benefits. Two received honorable discharges after a hearing revealed "mitigating circumstances."(New York Native, October 12, 1992 , p. 14) Sexual assaults have increased SIGNIFICANTLY since the DoD homosexual exclusion policy was changed. This was predictable because President Obama LIED. Homosexuals were not separated from the military merely because of their orientation, but rather because of their behavior which in most cases involved the abuse or propositioning of heterosexuals.

     
  • overseer posted at 8:56 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    overseer Posts: 45

    @Austin - Hi Austin. I wanted to make a few comments on your comments and statements. In commenting, I'm not saying that I am for or against same-sex issues but am critiquing your words.
    Unfortunately, you used poor examples of to dispute what the writer said. Wedding rings, pictures of family members and kids on a desk, bragging about kids accomplishments; announcing and celebrating engagements and wedding and talking about exploits with people of the opposite sex? Austin, for years, when I talk to some of the people I know who are gay, even before it was more accepted and legalized by way of unions and marriage in various states, they wore rings given to them by their partners, had pictures of their partners displayed, had pictures of their CHILDREN on their desks and told of their accomplishments. What I am saying is this, everything you listed isn't flaunting, it is an expression of pride and love for ones child, wife and dreams of finding ones mate. Now, the telling of exploits, which both men and women do, both gay and straight, is something that I can't say I'm big on hearing about myself to a certain degree; especially if it involves a spouse. You need to find something better to use next time for examples.
    Flaunting is to engage in a level of a public display of affection that should be done in private. I could care less whether a couple is gay or straight, over aggressive PDA is disgusting and not appropriate. That is why we have laws for public lewdness. Austin, you appear to reaching for straws to justify your cause. If you want to do your cause justice, you have to come up with something better next time. Otherwise, to make sure we don't offend those who are homophobic, or even those who are heterophobic, we may have to pass laws banning all of the things you listed. Take care.

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 6:43 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 243

    Mr.(?) Coet, I'm glad that I can't be arrested for what I'm thinking about you and your letter. It isn't fit to put on paper or to say what I'm thinking.

     
  • Roody2 posted at 2:15 pm on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 255

    Divide and Conquer. This is simply fodder for the politicians... and the sheeple are eating from their hands!

     
  • irene andrews posted at 7:14 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    irene andrews Posts: 9

    Thank you Austin Baze. A voice of reason: "you don't get to choose what I celebrate"... Pride month is about respect and joy and standing up without fear. I am proud of who I am and for the love and commitment my wife of 30 years and I continue to share. No one is going to shame me. Mr. Coet is an embarrassment and fair-minded, open-hearted people everywhere can see through the religious smoke screen. This isn't a man of conviction speaking, it is the wizard of Oz.

     
  • Austin Baze posted at 3:21 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Austin Baze Posts: 1

    WE celebrate Pride Month because our equal rights have been denied for years, and we are proud of the fight to earn our equality that has been going on since the Stonewall Riots of 19674 and before. Our soldiers at the Fort celebrate for the same reason.

    You say "We don’t shove or parade around our heterosexuality in yours." Really? You don't wear your wedding ring, talk about your wife, display photos of her on your desk, brag about your kids, share your exploits in dating women, celebrate your engagement, announce and celebrate your wedding?

    Why is it only "flaunting" when it is the other orientation? Your heterosexism is showing. Your particular choice of religion does not trump my rights as a citizen to enjoy absolute unqualified equality in the eyes of the law. Ban me from your church, pray for me if you must, but you do not get to choose what I celebrate, nor what state, local and federal rights I enjoy. I am PROUD of that fight,. and proud of our LGBT soldiers who serve at Fort Hood.

     
  • GayVetandProud posted at 2:04 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    GayVetandProud Posts: 1

    Sounds like the letter broke the #4 rule of conduct. "BE NICE. No racism, sexism or any sort of
    -ism that is degrading to another person." Maybe -phobia -hate and -ignorance should be included in the rules.

    I agree with Freedom of speech, but Speech of Hate! I wish Mr. Coet would be more open minded. Instead of spreading hate and ignorance. Celebrating a group of people because they were made gay, does not stop people from practicing their religion. He is what I like to call a bible picker, pick and choose. If you are going to stand on the bible, stand on all the rules. Bet ya like eating your bacon and pork, why not blast the people for eating bacon. Isn't that also in the bible? Shrimp, lobster etc, don't see you harassing people at seafood places. Regardless, I don't know you, so I won't hate you, I will dislike your words and work to make the world more understanding and tolerant.

     
  • irene andrews posted at 12:59 pm on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    irene andrews Posts: 9

    Thank you Rev. Garrison. Mr. Coet speaks for no one but himself. Otherwise soldiers, persons of faith, and the military as a whole would have to share the shame he heaps upon himself. His ignorance is inexcusable!

     
  • MrAwesomepants posted at 11:06 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    MrAwesomepants Posts: 1

    Mr. Coet seems to subscribe to the lessons taught in George Orwell's "Animal Farm", stating that "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others" It smacks in the face of intolerance Mr Coet. Why not let people be who they are and let them express that in ways they are comfortable with? Your brand of Christianity an affront to the true teachings of your god. You have the right to hate the "sin" but most of you forget to love the "sinner"

     
  • charley garrison posted at 10:24 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    charley garrison Posts: 1

    Ed Coet seems to think that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender and being a person of faith are mutually exclusive. There are many, many people who feel differently, including me: an out gay Christian clergy. He also thinks we should not be proud of who God created us to be, and therefore, have nothing to celebrate. Again I disagree. I am grateful that I live in a country where people have the right to voice their disagreements and anyone – including the LGBT community – can enjoy freedom of assembly, "the individual right to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue, and defend common interests." – Rev. Charley Garrison

     
  • ImJustSayin posted at 6:41 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    ImJustSayin Posts: 67

    I believe that you should just live your life, do what you do and be who you are. As long as we separate groups of people we will never come together as one American People. After all, we are all human beings with various backgrounds and preferrences. Religion, Sexual Orientation etc .... in the end we are, or should be,
    all Americans .....