Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Focus on the Family representative Col. Bill Spenser's Faith-based Misguided Respeonse to the repeal of DADT: Says it will take a new war for us to reestablish DADT; that soldiers in the field will ask 'what moral madness awaits us next?'; and that citizens will not serve their country now that DADT is repealed

by Rev. Stephen Parelli, Bronx, NY.

In an article published by CitizenLink, a ministry of Focus on the Family, Col. Bill Spencer, writing on the repeal of DADT says "What can change this now? Sadly, I think only a future war will have us rethink how we best organize our troops to fight and win wars. At that time, cooler heads will prevail, and we’ll determine who best should be fielded to defend us. The social curiosity that will have been the openly gay service experience will vanish as the nation — at great cost — rediscovers the real purpose for having a military."

According to the article, "Col. Bill Spencer (Ret.) served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 29 years. He is now a family policy council representative at Focus on the Family."

I just had to blog this! I am really dumbfounded that evangelicals can not vote for equality on any level. Evangelicals, like Focus on the Family, see homosexuality as a moral determinative of American's future existence - to be or not to be - Gen. 19, the destrouction of Sodom and Gomorrah. For Focus on the Family, the repeal of DADT brings us closer to our own moral demise -- the "Sodom and Gomorrah" destruction. The Genesis 19 text has been misused for centuries; and now it abuses Focus on the Family.

Col. Bill Spencer goes on to write that soldiers "in the field are left with these thoughts: 'Does my country not think of me that much? Does the country think it should hobble its forces in the field with these distractions during time of war? Does the country require us to deal with this, as well? Am I indeed a patriot without a country? What moral madness awaits us next? When bullets are flying at me, and everyone back home is apparently just thinking about themselves and their own private behaviors, it’s too much to ask of me to sacrifice my life.' ”

Finally, he asks his "fellow citizen" if "after Saturday’s vote, would you give your life for our Senate? Would you give your life for our president? Or, would you go home to your family? Sadly, you know the answers already. If you never made a phone call or never entered the debate on this issue, it’s too late to care now."

According to Wikipedia, "Focus on the Family is one of a number of evangelical parachurch organizations that rose to prominence in the 1980s. A component of the American Christian right, it is active in promoting interdenominational work toward its views on social conservative public policy."

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