MIKEY’s OP-ED – MRFF Demands Ouster of All Homophobic Military Chaplains

However, as long as these faux “victimized” chaplains insist on accepting a government paycheck from us, the American taxpayers, while nurturing and maintaining the state of antagonism between their religion and the sexual/gender identities of servicemembers, then they don’t belong in the military. At this stage, the only honorable thing that these losers can do is to fold up their uniforms, turn in their papers, and get the hell out of the American military chaplaincy.

The clouds are parting and the sun is beginning to shine today, as great arching rainbows signal the looming departure of a long, violent storm. As anybody who has turned on the television or logged onto the net knows, today’s Supreme Court decision has cracked across America’s sky with the tremendous energy of a lightning bolt, lifting aspirations and opening vistas for the LGBTQ community.

Oh, but the ruling doesn’t simply apply to civilians alone – the Supreme Court decision will permit same-sex marriage not only in all 50 states in the union, but on ALL United States Military bases as well. For the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the only organization devoted solely to fighting the scourge of fundamentalist Christian extremism, the monumental importance of this occasion CANNOT be overstated enough. Indeed, our LGBTQ client base of over 900 servicemembers has been ecstatic, and I can scarcely write this opinion piece due to the fact that my phone is absolutely ringing off the hook with phone calls from exuberant servicemembers. Expect to hear wedding bells ring joyously across chapels as same-sex couples are joined in matrimony at military installations across the globe!

Of course, not all are celebrating the ruling. The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer (a big fan of yours truly) has unleashed a torrent of hilariously outraged tweets about “Satan dancing with delight” and how, “from a moral standpoint,” June 26 is equivalent to September 11, 2001.  One Texan preacher has even sunk to the hideously pathetic depths of threatening self-immolation in reaction to the marriage equality ruling. Glenn Beck is promising the martyrdom and self-sacrifice (sound familiar?) of tens of thousands of pastors. Even a solid contingent of right-wing African-American Christian clergy are having a field day displaying their abject shamelessness, pledging “to do the same thing we did for the civil rights movement,” – basically, to begin a campaign of civil disobedience signaling their anger at “the politicians and courts…. [taking] God out of this country.”

Imagine the grinding teeth and anguished moans emanating from the benighted quarters of Christian fundamentalism within the U.S. military! What will become of their once-ironclad dominance of fundamentalist Christian privilege within the Department of Defense? After all, this same Pentagon allows the notorious anti-gay bigot and charlatan “gay conversion therapy expert” Dr. Mike Rosebush to retain employment as a civilian leader at the United States Air Force Academy. The armed forces chaplaincy is deserving of additional scrutiny – witness the fact that bitterly hateful homophobic extremists like USAF Chaplain (Capt.) Sonny Hernandez, 445th Airlift Wing Chaplain Corps was named as “Officer of the Year” just this past April. Hernandez is just one of many chaplains who feel so threatened by equality that they will bitch and moan at every opportunity about an absolutely absurd and fictitious “hostile work environment for Christians” within the military.

These pernicious bigots must stop trying to claim “Christian Victimization” when, in point of fact, what they are seeing is “Christian Equalization”.

What truly troubles these cretinous sentinels of vile prejudice and hate-mongering bigotry is the fact that this ruling will go down historically as the watershed moment which may indeed shatter the spine of the Religious Right in the U.S. military, whose prior viselike grip over the chaplaincy has formed the key obstacle to social progress within the Armed Forces. Cry us a river!

Nobody is arguing that these losers don’t have a right to their religious beliefs – that right is sacrosanct, and is backed by the highest law of the land – the U.S. Constitution. However, as long as these faux “victimized” chaplains insist on accepting a government paycheck from us, the taxpayers, while nurturing and maintaining the state of antagonism between their religion and the sexual/gender identities of servicemembers, then they don’t belong in the military. At this stage, the only honorable thing that these losers can do is to fold up their uniforms, turn in their papers, and get the hell out of the American military chaplaincy. If they are unwilling or too cowardly to do so, then the Department of Defense must expeditiously cleanse itself of the intolerant filth that insists on lingering in the ranks of our armed forces.

The extreme religious right’s resistance to today’s landmark Supreme Court ruling reminds me of the almost identical opposition, also speciously based on bible-based religious grounds, which President Truman faced from within the U.S. military when issuing Executive Order No. 9981, Desegregating the Military on July 26, 1948.  Order 9981 stated “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin”. If it was wrong for military chaplains to protest Truman’s desegregation order in 1948 (and it obviously WAS), then it is just as equally wrong now for them to oppose gay marriage/rights in today’s military.

The struggle doesn’t end here. Illustrating the towering challenges to justice that lie ahead, the Supreme Court ruling that signaled the triumphant right to marriage equality comes on the heels of the tragic suicide of U.S. Air Force Veteran Jess Shipps, a 31-year old transgendered woman who was an active leader in SPARTA, a support and advocacy group for transgendered servicemembers. Her death was largely borne of the type of bigotry enshrined into Department of Defense regulations, specifically DoD Instruction 6130.03, which deems those undergoing gender-confirming treatment to be medically non-adaptable to military environments.

However, today we celebrate. Witness how the tide turns when those suffering from oppression persistently demand and fight for their rights, regardless of the hatred and animosity they face as a result of their unwillingness to tolerate the intolerable! Lady Liberty is truly beaming with PRIDE today.

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12 Comments

  1. watchtower

    I agree that gay people should be allowed to marry, but I do not believe a religious preacher should be forced to perform [the] ceremony if it is against their religious beliefs. The best option is to go to the Justice of the Peace or find an other “authorized” person to marry them.

    I can foresee the military chaplaincy suffering numerous vacancies or having none at all, which is a shame because many of our military members require their assistance in some fashion or another.

    I’d like to also say that I believe the religious right (including the republican party) will be the cause of any backlash resulting from the supreme courts decision; they will attack it with all their might as they have with Obama Care. They will also be the cause of any destruction America will suffer because they believe they are only group that believes they are the moral authority of the free world. BOHICA folks!

  2. John Schuster

    Mikey,

    You make a profound statement and you do it so eloquently.

    You see farther and faster than so many.

    I can only guess you can never fully know how much your work is valued and appreciated.

    Thank you very much.

    John Schuster
    Washington DC

  3. RichinAZ

    It absolutely disgusts me that as a taxpayer I am forced to pay the salaries and retirement benefits of ANY chaplains. It is absurd that they hold military and naval officer ranks, requiring salutes from those of lower rank. They should have no place in our armed forces. Active duty people who require a chaplain probably have something wrong with them which can be treated elsewhere.

  4. Marshalldoc

    ‘Watchtower’: If a chaplain’s religious beliefs are to profoundly held that they cannot fulfill their duty as required by law – without any ‘religious exception’ – they’re duty-bound to resign… full stop. The chaplaincy will not suffer for the exit of religious extremists & bigots, it will be improved. Perhaps those who might initially feel deprived of rebellious solace may even come to realize that belief in magical beings and historical non-events is a poor means of support in times of need.

  5. Jerry

    Please don’t forget that nothing lasts forever, including RAINBOWS. Time, by itself will change everything.

    Also, I’d recommend not so much gloating.

    A major suggestion: Leave the chaplains alone…

    Lastly, just due to the fact that you love being an atheist, does NOT make you correct!

  6. paul

    the homosexual behavior should not or ever be forced on people that knows that it is a sinful act. it will never be or can never be a type of person. the chaplains have the right to tell all troops the truth! not the fiction that the gay agenda uses.

  7. DavefromVT

    I see here the rantings of a venomous, hate filled prick. “Mikey” don’t like it so it has to go. Piss off Mikey.

  8. Jimmy

    When isis comes a calling on non-belivers who you gonna call?

  9. Ken

    So much for “Military Religious Freedom”.

  10. Jacob

    “Nobody is arguing that these losers don’t have a right to their religious beliefs – that right is sacrosanct, and is backed by the highest law of the land – the U.S. Constitution. However, as long as these faux “victimized” chaplains insist on accepting a government paycheck from us, the taxpayers, while nurturing and maintaining the state of antagonism between their religion and the sexual/gender identities of servicemembers, then they don’t belong in the military.” Is that how it works?

  11. Athena

    It’s clear the new law is a gateway for haters such as this. The goal wasn’t to live together peacefully but to eliminate religious freedoms because they conflict with the beliefs of gay marriage. The 3% is trying to overrun society with such vitriol – the goal is to eliminate and shut up people of faith – for holding a different belief.
    Abortion is legal – but I don’t believe killing babies is right. So I have that belief even though others can do as they wish. That’s how this SHOULD be going with gay marriage – but as you can see, some of these people are bitter, close-minded haters. My gay friends are thankfully nothing like this creepy, hateful fanatic.

  12. Jim Brauner

    I have been impressed with The Military Religious Freedom Foundation since the first time I stumbled across it on the Internet. I complement them for being a God Send organization which tries to honor the US Constitution and the laws thereof but it is also a Foundation which attempts to honor the major tenants of all the great religions, none of which call for hating ‘the other’ because of differences. God is the ultimate Lover and not the human convoluted god of hatred.

    It amazes me that some Christians don’t see this. They can’t possibly ascribe to the love that the Christ revealed.

    Additionally, at 73 years old, I look at the gay folks in my family and at all the other acquaintances through those years and find that they are all so much more on average kind, considerate, not haters, productive, etc, etc. How is it that some Christians want injustice, in-equality, punishment and so much more for a part of God’s creation. This is what men who claim to speak for God distort and misuse everything in this wondrous creation. The only thing I can think to do is if they intend to continue all this hatred and call it christian is to change that designation to christian with a small c and their man made god to god with a small g. They surely do not represent the Divine Creator and Jesus.

    Keep up the good work. We can hope and pray that at least some of these folks will wake up and become Christians and are able to demonstrate that they are by what they say and do.

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