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03/14/2007

As masochists for his hurtful cuts, we now return to the Barber

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images  Good As You Images  Good As You Images  Good As You Images  Good As You Images Img4297E7C83Ba21 1-1-1-1Matt Barber apparently has loads more to say about General Pace's comments than he was able to fit in the commentary to which we linked this morning. So in an audio chat posted to the Concerned Women For America's site, the "Concerned Male" expounds on his thoughts by saying (among many other unsavory things):

BARBER: The ServiceMembers Legal Defense Fund came out with a scathing press release and are demanding that General Pace apologize for what they call outrageous, insensitive, and disrespectful comments. Which, ya know -- It's funny because by virtue of condemning him in such a fashion, they're really insulting and making outrageous, insensitive, and disrespectful comments about people who actually believe what the Bible teaches because the Bible says expressly that homosexuality is immoral. So, if anyone should apologize, I think it's the ServiceMembers Legal Defense Network. General Pace is just sharing his belief about certain behaviors and it's a belief that many people share -- millions and millions of Christians and other people of faith share -- that homosexuality is not a special, protective class but that it's rooted in immoral behavior.

Okay, first off -- SLDN's release is FAR from scathing. In it, SLDN's C. Dixon Osburn's primary point is:

Our men and women in uniform make tremendous sacrifices for our country, and deserve General Pace’s praise, not his condemnation. As a Marine and a military leader, General Pace knows that prejudice should not dictate policy. It is inappropriate for the Chairman to condemn those who serve our country because of his own personal bias. He should immediately apologize for his remarks.

They are not asking General Pace to even believe any differently. Of course all of us on the pro-gay side of the fence would like those who consider homosexuality to be immoral to re-evalutate the data that leads them to this conclusion, as the vast majority of us think their condemnations are hypocritical, short-sighted, misappropriated, or a combination of all of those things. However, the point that SLDN (and most gay activists are trying to make) is that General Pace's religious views should not have ever entered into the public debate! In injecting his religious-based views, he is offending not only gay soldiers, but those who think our armed forces are meant for folks of all beliefs and moral standpoints, not just evangelical Christians!

For what, exactly, should SLDN apologize?! For refusing to just roll over and say: "Yep, we're immoral; you guys win!"? Sorry, Matt, but that is never going to happen. Just because a large portion of the population holds a belief, it doesn't mean that this mass is correct. Just listen to some of those who America voted into the top 12, for goodness sake! Just like many of them are out of tune, General Pace's comments are simply out of sync with what a high-ranking representative of a non-theocratic government's army should be conveying to a supposedly freedom-loving public!

Marine Gen. Pace Stands Firm: Voice Your Support [CWA]

The mentioned SLDN Press Release: SLDN Condemns Joint Chiefs Chairman and Demands Apology for Remarks About Gay Personnel

**We've been given this quote from SLDN's Steve Ralls:

Unlike Mr. Barber, most of America's women are concerned about our troops, and ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. And unlike Mr. Barber, most women (and men) are concerned about the far right's increasing use of religion to bash, rather than love, thy neighbor.

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