I am tired of hearing those against gays openly serving in the military referred to as homophobes or prejudiced.

It is not prejudice but rather a concern for our society (all people) as a whole. In discussions I have had over this matter, I am often reminded that “gays already are in the military.” I am aware of that, but that doesn’t mean it should be authorized. Adulterers cannot openly serve (Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 134), liars cannot openly serve (UCMJ Article 107), polygamists cannot openly serve (UCMJ Article 134), thieves cannot openly serve (UCMJ Article 121), prostitutes cannot openly serve (UCMJ Article 134), and so on. What about their rights?

There is a reason for this. This “immoral” behavior is considered prejudicial to good order and discipline (Army Regulation 600-20). “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).

I agree that gays can perform their duties well, but so can the adulterer and the thief. One’s behavior is a choice. I “chose” my heterosexual relationship. My children are instructed by me to “choose” their friends wisely.

Yes, America has many freedoms, but freedom does not come without responsibility to society. Are we as a society more concerned about our rights instead of doing what is right?

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” − W. Clement Stone

Staff Sgt. John TaylorCamp Victory, Iraq

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