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The repeal of DADT is a wake-up call for social conservatives

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Darin Selnick
VA Advisor, Concerned Veterans For America

Last Saturday, social conservatives received a wake-up call when Democrats once again imposed their left-wing San Francisco values on America by voting to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (DADT) in a lame-duck Senate session. This delivered a tipping-point blow to our armed services and will hurt our military’s ability to defend the country.

Why do Democrats want to repeal DADT, considering that it has been in effect since 1993 and has worked well? This is not about what is good for the country or the military; it is about jamming the Democrats’ left-wing, radical social agenda down the throats of the American people. This is a wake-up call for social conservatives that we are in a culture war that the left will not give up on despite suffering historic losses in the November midterms.

Although social conservatives lost the battle on DADT, the culture war and the fight on this have just begun. The repeal of DADT is mobilizing a large group of previously inactive social conservatives, just as the health care fight, TARP, the stimulus and other fiscal issues mobilized fiscal conservatives. Going forward, DADT will be the rallying cry for social conservatives, and the issue will not fade away. Social conservatives know that the military is the last line of defense in the culture war and if it falls, so does the rest of the country.

Social conservatives are already fighting back. Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall is in the process of drafting a bill for Virginia’s 2011 legislative session that would ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard. It is only a matter of time before social conservatives begin to fight back against DADT’s repeal at the federal level as well. Just as abortion has not gone away, DADT will not go away and will be a rallying cry as social conservatives draw the line in the sand and finally say enough is enough.

Darin Selnick is an independent consultant and former director of Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johan-David-Baumeister/770335407 Johan David Baumeister

    “Democrats once again imposed their left-wing San Francisco values on America”

    If you truly believe that propagandist statement, the fact that 77% of Americans agree with repeal (i.e. “left-wing San Francisco values”) must be terrifying to you.

  • shadow_man

    Homosexuality is not a sin according to the Bible. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, prostitution, and rape, not homosexuality.

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  • shadow_man

    To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.

    http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm
    http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html
    http://www.christchapel.com/reclaiming.html
    http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
    http://www.gaychristian101.com/
    http://www.mccchurch.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Resources&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2121
    http://www.wouldjesusdiscriminate.org/biblical_evidence.html
    http://www.soulforce.org/article/homosexuality-bible-gay-christian
    http://www.goodhopemcc.org/spirituality/sexuality-and-bible/homosexuality-not-a-sin-not-a-sickness.html

  • Alex 0_0

    Here’s why social conservatives lost: 77% of Americans support repeal of DADT, including over 90%+ of people under 30. Social conservatives have lost the younger people like myself, their anti-gay obsession is a total turnoff. DADT is gone, dead, will never come back because old people are going to meet their maker.

  • goravitz

    Mr. Selnick,

    Please send me the link for your article that is similar to this, where you’re whining about how black people getting to sit in the front of the bus is a radical left-wing social idea.

    Thanks,

    Ok, I’m sure you didn’t really write an article like that, but you may as well, since it’s the same basic idea. You right wingers simply don’t get it, or refuse to get it, at least. Telling someone they’re choosing to be gay is no different than telling someone they chose to be black, or tall, or male or female, etc. This is what is agreed upon, for the most part, in modern medical science. I know you conservatives have a major problem when it comes to science and facts though. You hate that America is finally catching up to the rest of the world, and that one day, DADT, gay marriage etc, is going to be one more thing added to a long list of “Wow it really used to be that way?” answers. Right along with racial equality, gender equality, and every thing else that I’m sure you would be against in its respective era.

  • rockhard

    Why do gays have a need to make sure people know that gay? keep it in the closet, we don’t want to know Harry bends over Larry..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johan-David-Baumeister/770335407 Johan David Baumeister

      When straight folks stop advertising their sexuality, you’ll have a point. Until then, your argument holds no water.

  • Hunter Pastare

    This piece was devoid of fact and reflects the emptiness of the right wing’s anti-gay hatred.
    Examples:
    1. “Democrats once again imposed their left-wing San Francisco values on America by voting to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy”
    FACT: Repeal of DADT is supported by 77% of the American public in the most recent polls. The repeal passed the Senate with 65 votes. Hardly imposition of an idea which finds support only in San Francisco (by the way a city which I, a gay person, have never visited in my life).
    2. “This is a wake-up call for social conservatives that we are in a culture war that the left will not give up on despite suffering historic losses in the November midterms.”
    FACT: It’s a wake up call that signifies how much public opinion in both the US and through the entire developed world has progressed beyond the ignorant prejudices against gays as “others” and authoritarian dislike of “difference” that are the hallmarks of the US right-wing’s heterosexual supremacist ideology and anti-gay animosity.0
    3. “Going forward, DADT will be the rallying cry for social conservatives, and the issue will not fade away. Social conservatives know that the military is the last line of defense in the culture war and if it falls, so does the rest of the country.”
    FACT: Face it, you lost this one unequivocally. The repeal has been duly passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. Moreover, it had already been declared unconstitutional by a federal court. There is zero chance of it ever coming back from the dead. The toothpaste is out of the tube and Bob Marshall’s idea of banning gays from the VA National Guard is so loony that even the right wing VA Governor McDonnell has disavowed any support for such an attempt.
    The US right-wing is simply wrong when it comes to homosexuality and how gay people would be treated in law and society. The unfairness and wrongheadedness of their ideology on this subject can be seen by an increasingly large majority of the public.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-P-Martin/1435855267 Kevin P. Martin

    Why are gays singled out like this? Does the military care about religion? about race? They should only care if you can do your job and hold a rifle. Conservatism is about keeping the government out of your personal life! Why do you want to bring them in? I hope there is a line drawn in the sand, but against people like Darin Selnick who wish to push their views on how the government control the lives of their people.

    Eddie Murphy may have said it best when talking about gays in his standup comedy.
    “You can play tennis with a gay person. Really! Just after the game you say: “I’m gonna get a beer, what’s you gonna do ?” “I think I’m gonna suck some guy’s dick.” “Well, I’ll see you later.”