Chile General criticized for anti-gay orders

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Posted: Sep 07, 2012 2:21 PM
Chile General criticized for anti-gay orders

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's government is criticizing one of its top generals for discriminating against gays and religious groups in his orders to military recruiters.

Army Commander Cristian Chateau had signed a document asking recruiters to be "especially concerned" about finding soldiers who are "morally and intellectually prepared" for military service. He said they should exclude people with physical, mental or socioeconomic problems, criminal behavior, drug use, homosexuals, conscientious objectors and Jehovah's Witnesses."

Defense Minister Andres Allemand said Friday that such ideas are completely opposed to government policy, and said he's asked for a full military review of the matter to eliminate any such guidance.

Gay rights leader Rolando Jimenez isn't satisfied and he wants the general to be forcibly retired.