Last night the Family Research Council hosted a webcast entitled “Mission Compromised: How the military is being used to advance a radical agenda” which featured several members of Congress along with Religious Right activists discussing both efforts to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and efforts to allow abortion at military facilities.
In this first clip, Oliver North tells Tony Perkins that conservative, home-schooled kids who read the Bible instead of looking at porn will stop joining the military if DADT is repealed because it will eventually lead to NAMBLA members being allowed to serve:
Next up is Rep. Todd Akin who tells Perkins that our military actions have always been just, but that if we allow abortions to take place at military facilities and gays to serve openly, the fundamental justice of our military will be lost:
In this next clip, Perkins and Army Sgt. Benjamin Ratliff claim that letting gays serve would cause real problems for soldiers because they might be reluctant to “spoon” in a life-threatening situation because they might have concerns about the guy next to them:
But no clip better exposes the utter fradulence and fatuousness of the right-wing campaign against DADT’s repeal than this. First you have the AFA’s Bryan Fischer claiming that allowing gays to serve would cause all those with good, conservative Christian values to leave the military; this has been a favorite right-wing talking point, but it is entire undermined by Sgt. Ratliff himself, who states that even if DADT was repealed, he would continue to serve and would urge others to do so as well because even though he would disagree with it, he loves his country more: