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09/20/2010

FRC's #DADT webcast: Someone please get these six men some toy soldiers or something

by Jeremy Hooper

Some thoughts:

-Someone needs to give these folks some new talking points. If they're going to keep giving verbose speeches to essentially say, "I'm just not comfortable with gay people," they can at least mix it up a bit. "Slippery slope"? Gays "choosing" their "conduct"? The idea that only anti-gay Christians have "religious freedom" in this nation? Etc., etc. It's all so tired!

-Someone needs to tell Tony Perkins that he wasn't disinvited form Andrews Air Force base because of his faith: He was disinvited because of the comments he made just moments after the State of the Union speech, when he wrote that this nation's Commander in Chief is "willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby." For many within the military culture, comments like these go well beyond normal politicking and partisanship -- they are unfair assessments of the one person who outranks all other military officers. And since nobody is constitutionally owed a speaking engagement, that same military culture has every right to disinvite a speaker who has, on his own volition, put forth such a disrespectful judgment of the Commander in Chief's own judgment call.

-Someone needs to tell Harry Jackson that press conferences are not call-and-response revivals. We know the participant most likely agrees with what's being said, or he or she probably wouldn't be standing up there. So there's no need to give vocal affirmation and/or applause every five seconds.


Oh whatever, just go watch (as much as you can stand):


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**EARLIER: FRC's press release making an unnecessary issue out of race: Today at 2PM: FRC to explain why past military bias was bad, current is somehow good [G-A-Y]

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**UPDATE: And now for people who actually know what they're talking about: Gay Service Members Discuss ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ [NY Times]

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