I saw this on Ex-Gay Watch, and had to re-post it with some comments.
For those who don’t know who Scott Lively is, here is a brief rundown: he wrote a book claiming that the Nazis were gay, and that gay men and women are responsible for the Holocaust. This claim is ridiculous, especially since many gays were targeted and thrown into prison camps by Hitler’s army. Still, Lively contends that this was just a cover up so as not to let on that Hitler and his men were actually gay themselves.
Lively is also connected to the Anti-Homosexual Bill in Uganda. This bill wants to outlaw gays and lesbians, through either jailing them or executing them – depending on the severity of their crime. This bill is also known as “Kill the Gays Bill”, which I have written about before.
Comedy Central did an interview with Lively to talk about his crusade in helping [hating] gays and lesbians. He has spoken out many times on the issue of gays in the military – which this interview tries to understand. Below is the video.
I’m sorry for being blunt here, but this guy is a joke! As Andrew Marin states concerning this issue, and I fully agree: Scott Lively does not speak for the entire Christian community. He may speak for a slim number of people, but certainly not the majority – those who are dedicated to spreading the Truth and Love of Christ to the nations.
All of this has gotten me thinking: what is the big deal about gays serving in the military? I mean, really, what is the harm? Aren’t they already serving their country? Haven’t they been serving their country for years upon years?
I know I commented about this issue before, but I really think we need to have this conversation again.
I found an article online from Chuck Colson, where he comments about why overturning “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) will actually do more harm than good. Colson’s conclusion is this: since men in the military hold a tight bond with each other – a brotherly love – having openly gay men and women will disrupt this bond with their “pro-gay-rights” agenda. His article can be found here.
Unfortunately, Chuck Colson’s words mimic like-minded voices of Christian leaders. They feel that giving gays the right to serve their country openly will only bring about trouble. I totally disagree.
Now, I like Colson. He has some great insight into theology and making disciples who love Jesus. However, I truly believe he is wrong in his conclusion and belief about gays serving in the military. There is nothing wrong with men and women serving their country, while being openly gay. Like I said before, this has been going on for years. All they are asking is that they be allowed to openly confess who they are, as their straight fellow soldiers do. Whether you agree with the issue of homosexuality or not, the DADT policy is uncalled for. It is long past due that the bill be overturned.
So … what’s the big deal? Why all the fuss, brothers and sisters of the Church; why can’t gays and lesbians openly serve in the military?