Robert Knight

As we look down the barrel of state-sponsored terrorism and the enormous burdens of fighting two wars, here is something to think about.

President Obama wants open homosexuals in the military. It’s a big priority. He said in his State of the Union speech that he wants military gays to be “who they are.” So does Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He told a congressional committee that he saw no reason why open homosexuals should not serve. After all, he said, they need to be “who they are.”

Just so we didn’t miss the point, Obama repeated it at, of all places, the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 4. The same president who snubbed last year’s National Day of Prayer gave this sermonette to the faithful: “We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are….” Then he smacked Uganda for its new law against homosexual behavior.

Obama sure knows how to make prayer breakfasts more fun and meaningful.

Let’s be charitable and assume that Obama is not really obsessed with homosexuality. Let’s assume, instead, that he just thinks this is a good way to pay off a rich, powerful constituency and keep the public’s mind off the fact that he and Congress just raised the national debt by another $1.9 trillion and are destroying our country’s wealth before our very eyes.

When the Obama Administration is not putting the axe to the tree of prosperity, it is planting dynamite under the nation’s moral foundations. It’s not clear which is more wrong – enslaving our children and grandchildren with unimaginable debt, or robbing them of the moral foundations without which civilization cannot endure.

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Let’s get back to the military. In the flurry of commentary, some conservatives have actually bought into the gay propaganda and say it would be no big deal. Charles Krauthammer, who has done a masterful job dismantling Obamanomics and the government health care takeover, has inexplicably taken a leftwing line on homosexuality and the military. Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal did a similar turn on Feb. 9, pointing to Israel’s seemingly nonchalant welcome to gays in its armed forces as a model for us. It’s doubtful that either commentator would point to Israel’s many socialist policies as models for the United States, but columnists are entitled to pick and choose their models.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.