The Sodomy Pride Parade and Festival in San Diego, California, is the fourth largest in the United States, with typical attendance of 200,000 persons. At this year’s parade, which took place this past weekend, SMSgt. Joanna Gasca, a reserve Air Force recruiter assigned to the 944th Fighter Wing, marched in uniform for the first time. Many hundreds were expected to join Sgt. Gasca, but media reports stated that the uniformed military contingent totaled 40 members, divided between active-duty and retired personnel. This was the first time that military personnel marched in uniform at a sodomy pride event.
Naval Commander Kent “The Gay” Blade, who will retire this fall after 26 years in the Navy, said being able to march in uniform was a perfect culmination of his career. (Better even than killing a terrorist or two? But I digress.) The 47-year-old Commander Blade said that since last year’s repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, he has received unconditional support from his fellow officers, and added, “We’ve all been able to talk more freely about our lives. Nobody’s leading a second life. And now that I can march freely in uniform, I think it’s a great display for the Navy.” Indeed.
Although military personnel are normally prohibited from marching in such events, Sgt, Gasca did receive permission from Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Pratt of the Secretary of the Air Force’s public affairs office to march in uniform. Interestingly, following his approval, Colonel Pratt “immediately retired” and was not available to respond to media questions about his decision.
Further, within 24 hours after Sgt. Gasca was granted permission to march in uniform, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, through his Department of Defense (“DOD”) bureaucracy, granted blanket permission for other members of the Armed Forces to also march in uniform. Justification for this decision was based upon the fact that the San Diego Sodomy Pride was an event that had garnered national attention. (Not for the best of reasons perhaps?) In making its announcement, DOD delivered its statement not to The New York Times, The Washington Post or even to George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, but to LGBT Weekly, a San Diego publication for the “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.” The DOD statement, quoting Rene Bardor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Community and Public Outreach, said: “It is our understanding that event organizers plan to have a portion of the parade that is dedicated to military members . . . organizers are encouraging service members to seek their commanders’ approval to march in uniform and to display their pride. . . . . We hereby are granting approval for service members in uniform to participate in this year’s parade.” (Emphasis added.) As you can readily imagine, these decisions could not be made without the express approval of the highest levels of the Obama Regime, and not just at the level of a Lieutenant Colonel Pratt.
There have been strong limits over the past two centuries on when and where a member of our nation’s military is allowed to appear in uniform. This decision violates the DOD regulations on the use of uniforms. The regulations prohibit wearing uniforms “ when wearing the uniform may tend to bring discredit upon the armed forces.” Further, wearing of the military uniform would be disapproved at an event “intended to, or which appears to endorse, selectively benefit, or favor any private individual, special interest group, business, religious, ideological movement, commercial venture, political candidate or organization.” (Emphasis added.) Imagine the righteous indignation and umbrage that would ensue at The New York Times or at MSNBC if military personnel were granted permission to march in uniform at a “Christian Pride” parade, or at a “Tea Party Pride” event, or Heaven forbid, at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love event in Dallas next weekend. (Incidentally, both Code Pink and the members of the Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting at the Restoring Love rally next weekend. Strange bedfellows, eh?) The Pentagon, in violating its regulations, provides a special benefit and favoritism to the LGBT community, and seeks to advance the DOD’s attempt to normalize LGBT conduct in the U.S military. It would be hard to even begin to contemplate what would happen during a second term of the Obama Regime.
However, in the midst of the celebration of San Diego Sodomy Pride, the mainstream media ignores a deeply sobering April 2012 report by the Center for Military Preparedness (“CMR”), entitled “’Chilling Trend’ of Sexual Assault in the Military” and available here.
The CMR report notes that “sexual assault in all branches of the services has increased by 22 percent since 2007.” The report further states that violent attacks and rapes in the Army have nearly doubled since 2006 to 1,313 last year, with five percent of the assaults on men. Furthermore, it reported that in “all branches of the service, male sexual assault victims have increased significantly, from ten percent in 2010 to 14 percent in confidential reports.” Of course, you might have missed those facts on Katie Couric’s news program (do you even know anyone who watches that anymore?), and for many of you, I suspect you learned about the increase in male sexual assault in the military here first. As homosexual conduct has now been “normalized” and de-criminalized in today’s military, based upon recent trends, one can readily anticipate major increases in sexual assault against male soldiers by LGBT predators abusing their authority in the coming few years.
Colonel Ron Crews, USAR retired, and executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, was quoted recently:
“Gay pride” parades are not the time and place for military members to wear their uniforms. All you have to do is look at videos of the last few San Diego Gay Pride parades on YouTube and see that this event does not meet the guidelines that the DOD established in 2005 concerning the wearing of the uniform at public events. Will wearing the uniform at Gay Pride Parades bring credit to the Armed Forces? I cannot imagine moms and dads wanting their children to be part of a military that pushes the homosexual agenda at every turn.
Sadly, nor can I, Chaplain Crews. In one of those pesky sayings of St. Paul, he encourages Christian believers in Ephesians 5:11-12: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” It is shameful for our nation’s military to affirm such sinful and abhorrent behavior. May God have mercy on our nation during these terrible days, even though we have been undeserving of any of His mercy for decades.