Ever since the Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on Saturday afternoon, I have been scouring Religious Right websites trying to collect official statements that groups have released in response and have noticed that outside of a handful of groups, the vast majority of the movement has been utterly silent.
When Judge Vaughan Walker struck down Proposition 8, Religious Right leaders were falling over one another to release statements decrying it … but the repeal of DADT has largely yielded collective silence.
So far, we have not heard a peep about the vote from the American Center for Law and Justice, Concerned Women for America, The Eagle Forum, Focus on the Family, the Traditional Values Coalition, The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission [Update: TVC and CADC statements added here,] Vision America, The Christian Coalition, Renewing America Leadership or anything from conservative leaders like Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, James Dobson, Newt Gingrich, or Richard Land [Update: Land has responded as well].
Most amazingly, Pat Robertson didn’t even bother to comment on the vote after the segment about it on today’s 700 Club … though the story did include this quote from the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins saying the Senate would have blood on their hands:
Obviously, these other groups and leaders could still release statements – and if they do, we’ll include them in our collection of responses – but the vote happened two days ago and so far it is safe to say that the response from the Religious Right to the vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been near-universal silence.