© 2007 J. Matt Barber
Marine General Peter Pace – decorated war
hero and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – continues to find
himself fending off a vicious and unfamiliar rapid fire assault from
his extreme left-flank. In
recent days, the good general has been widely and unjustly vilified by
During a recent interview with the Chicago
Tribune, Pace violated one of the cardinal rules of political
correctness by noting that, “homosexual
acts between two individuals are immoral.”
While defending the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, which allows homosexuals to serve in the armed forces as long as they keep their – umm – “unorthodox” sexual preferences and behaviors private, Pace compared homosexual acts to other acts of sexual immorality such as adultery, and explained that under the current policy – which Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994 – acceptance of open homosexual behavior in the military would amount to government sanctioning of immorality.
Not surprisingly, many of those
non-judgmental, freedom-loving moral-relativists on the left are
up-in-arms, demanding that Pace apologize and offer a full retraction
or be fired (which would of course be disingenuous, entirely
meaningless and have no effect on the veracity of his comments).
Those lobbing the bombs comprise that motley
crew of usual suspects including today’s Stepford-wife hippy
burnouts in the mainstream media and their like-minded
“progressive” politicos in government.
Liberal senators Barack Obama and Hillary
Clinton have come-out (no pun intended) against General Pace, and
despite the fact that both profess to be Christians, have unilaterally
declared – without explanation – that homosexual behavior “is not
somehow determined that God almighty, the Bible, every major world
religion, the unambiguous science of human biology and good-ole common
sense have simply had it wrong for – oh – these past several
thousand years or so.
And just like that, the self-proclaimed
arbiters of sexual morality have lowered the gavel, overturning the
very Biblical authority to which they claim to subscribe, and ruling
that homosexual acts, such as male-on-male anal penetration which
exposes “gay” men to extremely high risk of deadly and infectious
disease, are now and have always been… moral.
But those leading the charge against General
Pace and demanding his head on a silver platter represent a very
specific and particularly radical faction of an already extreme
They’re the self-styled champions of
“tolerance” and “diversity.”
Their carefully crafted propaganda is peppered with provocative
and sensational code-words like “hate,” “violence,” “bigot,”
“homophobia” – and on and on, ad infinitum.
They are militant, organized, extremely
powerful and well funded. Through
clever semantics and shrewd political subterfuge they cynically play
to honorable notions of freedom and fair-play in order to push a
deceptive and activist agenda.
They are the radical homosexual lobby, and
when it comes to
Theirs is a carefully orchestrated and
skillfully executed scheme not only to undermine, but to abolish from
public discourse, any words – or even thoughts – which might stem
from the traditional Judeo-Christian worldview upon which our great
nation was founded.
To mandate that only a secular-humanist worldview may be
properly entertained or referenced.
That worldview is one in which morality is entirely relative,
and any reference to traditional notions of natural human sexuality,
the natural family, or any fixed lines of demarcation between right
and wrong are “hateful,” “discriminatory,” and to be strictly
forbidden by force of law.
Both the mainstream media and
unholy amalgamation of left-wing storm troopers has been empowered
by both the November elections and a recent upsurge in successful
speech enforcement, and they’re rapidly ramping-up efforts to
completely silence any criticism of this high-risk, pleasure-centric
and dare I say, “immoral”
Case in point:
Just this past Tuesday Congressman
John Conyers (D-Michigan) introduced the Local Law Enforcement Hate
Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (HR 1592).
This bill is a fraud on its face, and would grant sweeping and
entirely subjective power and authority to the federal government to
regulate the thoughts, words and actions of Americans.
It would essentially create a “Federal Department of Thought
no mistake; anyone who commits a violent crime should be prosecuted to
the full extent of the law regardless of a victim’s lifestyle
choice. And there are
currently laws on the books to ensure that all victims of violent
crime receive equal justice under the law.
However, this bill elevates the status of homosexuals
(“sexual orientation”) and gender confused cross-dressers
(“gender identity”) to a special and more valuable class of
citizen based upon their chosen sexual behaviors and/or wardrobe.
1592 would require federal officials to get into the mind of an
offender, subjectively divine his thoughts, and arbitrarily pronounce
whether acts (or very likely words) directed at homosexuals or
cross-dressers were somehow motivated by bias.
If it’s decided that they were, then the offender is slammed
with a much heavier sentence.
it’s not just criminals who are targeted by “hate crimes”
legislation. This bill
irrefutably sets the table and places us on the slippery slope toward
widespread government persecution.
HR 1592 more accurately resembles dictates born of Joseph
“hate crimes” laws are being used around the world to silence and
incarcerate people who believe, as General Pace, that homosexual acts
perhaps most chilling is the fact that right here in
So, don’t doubt for a moment that under HR
1592, the express Judeo-Christian position
that, “homosexual behavior is immoral,” which was recently voiced
by General Pace, and is shared by a majority of Americans will, in
relatively short order, constitute criminal “hate speech” if
uttered in public.
And that’s precisely the true goal of such
legislation… to attack the 1st Amendment’s guarantees
of free speech and liberty of conscience and to give abhorrent and
disordered homosexual behaviors official government legitimacy, arming
the PC police with a weapon of mass destruction in their crusade to
silence all opposition
to the homosexual lifestyle.
But as for the hateful and feverish media
attack General Pace continues to endure… to his credit, he’s
managed to stand his ground thus far.
And fortunately for him, if HR 1592 does become law and is
wielded as similar laws have been, he can’t legally be charged with
any crime after the fact (ex post facto).
A couple of days after making his comments
to the Tribune, General Pace said that perhaps he “should have focused
more on [his] support of the policy and less on [his] personal moral
views.” But aside from
that slight backpedal, this tough old Marine – who once threw
himself in front of a fellow soldier to take a sniper’s bullet –
has refused to apologize and is once again exhibiting extreme courage
Shameful, however, is the fact that General
Pace has received very little by way of cover.
One would hope that President Bush would
handle this domestic assault on traditional values and free speech in
the same manner he’s handled rabid criticism of his foreign
policy… By standing firm and defending his troops.
Even more importantly though, is that once
HR 1592 ultimately slithers its way under the Oval Office door –
which it almost certainly will – the president must
show the kind of mettle that comes so naturally to General Pace.
Let’s hope and pray that the president has
the political courage to dust off his magic veto pen – which
unfortunately remains nearly full of ink – and send this fraudulent
“hate crimes” measure back in time to its giddy proponents’
much-loved Soviet Russia where it more suitably belongs.
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.