Kudos to Marine General Peter Pace. After commenting yesterday that he thought homosexual behavior was “immoral” his aides say that he refuses to apologize.
And note that his comment was not made during some sort of rant or froth-mouthed speech. Rather, he was simply asked his opinion about whether or not the military should abandon its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy concerning homosexuals serving in the military in light of troop level challenges. Here is the AP’s summary of the “offensive” statements (article here):
Pace said he supports the policy, which became law in 1994 and prohibits commanders from asking about a person’s sexual orientation.
“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,” Pace was quoted as saying in the newspaper interview. “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.”
Pace, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, said he based his views on his upbringing.
“As an individual, I would not want (acceptance of gay behavior) to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior,” he said.
There has been, of course, a good bit of “outrage” so far by predictable parties.
It’s really amazing. To think that we live in a day when hearing someone calling homosexual activity immoral is a newsworthy event. The outrage probably doesn’t seem as surprising as it should, if only because many of us don’t realize the extent to which our sensibilities have been diluted over the last few decades.
The Bible declares in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Who can doubt that such a declaration applies to our time and to our society?
America’s lax view of God’s law and the role it plays in preserving a society will continue to haunt the nation. As Ezekiel prophesied of our religious leaders, “Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them” (Ezekiel 22:26). We have created a society in which we can no longer say, “God says so,” and be taken seriously. Even a reference to the less pointed notion of “immorality” raises hackles, as if such concepts are no longer permitted.
General Pace’s breed is sadly on the endangered species list. I don’t know what sort of man he is otherwise, but I appreciate the courage he has shown in his willingness to use such a dangerous word. I hope he will stick to his guns.