I usually do my best to ignore garbage like this, but when it’s dumped right in front of me and starts to smell, I can’t just let it lie.
Here’s the headline over at left-wing smear site [Don't] Think Progress:
Brownback ‘applauds’ Pace’s homophobic comments.
Wow! That’s pretty exciting and damning. What a gaffe! So where did Sam Brownback “applaud” and what exactly did he say? Well…he didn’t really literally applaud. Notice the clever ‘single quotes?’ And what did the Senator actually say he “applauds?”
…we applaud General Pace for maintaining a personal commitment to moral principles.
Woah! Not much there. Well, I probably took that out of context. Let’s expand on that quote a little bit.
The question is whether personal moral beliefs should disqualify an individual from positions of leadership in the U.S. military? We think not. General Pace’s recent remarks do not deserve the criticism they have received. In fact, we applaud General Pace for maintaining a personal commitment to moral principles.
Well, gee, I thought Sam Brownback was applauding General Peter Pace’s “homophobic” remark. But no, he was not necessarily even agreeing with what Pace said, he was simply applauding the General for standing up for and maintaining his own moral principles. To thine own self be true.
There’s a little difference between the smear and the reality. The underlying story is that Sam Brownback doesn’t think “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” should be repealed. And he agrees with the General on this issue. But it’s much more exciting to leverage guilt by association to unfairly label Sam as “homophobic.” Despicable.
Don’t take my word for it. Read the full text of the letter that Senator Brownback circulated amongst his colleages. There are no grounds for this baseless smear in there. None whatsoever.
As usual, you have to read beyond the headline. Or, as far as [Don't] Think Progress is concerned, don’t read it at all.
Hat Tip: Nashville is Talking.
Update: A Million Monkeys is outraged, clutches pearls.
Update 2: According to our friends over at Students for Brownback, here’s what Sam Brownback had to say by way of clarification:
“I do not believe being a homosexual is immoral, but I do believe homosexual acts are. I’m a Catholic and the church has clear teachings on this.”
That should clear things up.
Update 3: Read this excellent post by Randy Thomas: More on General Pace and Message to Struggling Military.
Update 4: See my next (and hopefully my final) entry on this issue: Picking Up the Pace.
Update 5: Although we were having a spirited and productive discussion, apparently 1115.org got embarrassed and deleted their Brownback Mountain post. Pity. But it does prove one thing: have the courage of your convictions and take on the smear merchants. They will fold like a house of cards when they know you’re right.
Update 6: Apparently Brownback Mountain was only knocked offline temporarily by the Lord as a warning. The comments disappeared, but the post was restored.