Previously I documented the unfair attack on Sam Brownback by the far left smear site [Don’t] Think Progress in Anatomy of a Smear. Naturally they mischaracterized General Pace’s original comments in an earlier post in an attempt to make a story out of nothing. Naturally the blogosphere went wild!
In civilian life, homosexuality is more or less tolerated in our society. The 2003 Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas pretty much settled laws against sodomy for now, I guess. I don’t really know or care to read up on it. I’ll have to admit that, due to my libertarian streak, I frankly don’t care that much about what people do in their own homes behind closed doors. And I’m really not an expert, nor am I interested in, homosexuality. Hash out this issue in the comments if you wish.
But my point is that it’s considered rather un-PC to say that certain homosexual acts are immoral [illegal] in public in the wider civilian world. But things are much different in military life. When you join the armed services you sign away certain rights and must conform to the UCMJ (Uniformed Code of Military Justice). Regulations are not a matter of opinion and are not a subject for discussion. One either follows the rules to the letter or faces the consequences.
Are you with me so far? Civilian and military life are not equivalent. There are a different set of rules for each. Got it? Good.
Now General Peter Pace was speaking as a military man, not as a civilian, as I understand it. He is thoroughly versed in the UCMJ. Therefore his words have to be considered in the context of the regulations which he is required to obey and enforce. Certain homosexual acts, which I won’t go into here for obvious reasons, are forbidden under the UCMJ, as is adultery.
Peter Pace is a General and not a diplomat. He was probably unaware that a matter-of-fact statement of established military policy would be taken out of context and cause a firestorm of pearl clutching. He probably knows better now.
Anyone wanting to research this topic further are encouraged to read this DOD document on homosexuality and the UCMJ: Homosexual Conduct. This is a MS Word document. You should be able to see it in html here.
Homosexuality itself is not labelled immoral [illegal], but certain acts are.
A statement of homosexuality does not violate the UCMJ nor do all homosexual acts (holding hands, touching, caressing, etc.)
Well, that’s enough of that. This is a family friendly website after all.
Hopefully this is the last I will have to say about this subject. If I have been unclear or unconvincing somehow, feel free to discuss this issue in our comment thread.
Update: Added the word “illegal” where only “immoral” appeared in the original post. Hopefully this soothes the ruffled feathers of mcclaud (didn’t he have his own TV show?) somehow so he will stop clutching at pearls over this distinction with little difference. Happy now?