That’s the headline in a disgusting e-mail blast sent out today by Free Market Foundation the newly renamed Liberty Institute, the Texas affiliate of the far-right organization Focus on the Family. The e-mail criticizes calls from President Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, and former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell to end the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service members. The terribly misnamed “Liberty Institute” calls the proposed repeal an “attack on our military” and “social experimentation.”
Yet as the e-mail makes clear, military leaders themselves have called for repeal. Are those leaders attacking their own military? Really? In addition, polls show that a large majority of Americans also supports repealing the ban. So do most Americans hate the military?
Leave it to far-right pressure groups to viciously attack our nation’s military leaders and other opponents of mindless discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans who want to serve their country in a time of war. That’s because far-right extremists care more about using hate to divide Americans for political gain (and fundraising) than in truly promoting liberty. That’s deeply shameful and a slap in the face of truly patriotic Americans.