Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Dave Welch has a column at the Worldnutdaily chock full of ridiculous statements about the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and gays serving in the military.

I am wearing three hats simultaneously this week in declaring war on the appalling plan by President Obama to morally undermine the stability and effectiveness of our nation’s military. As a combination patriotic American citizen-Marine father-pastoral leader I am compelled to oppose this man’s latest assault on a vital national institution.


And as a combination writer – rational thinker – citizen who actually believes in American values like equality and freedom, I am compelled to oppose your idiotic blatherings on the subject. But first, I have news for you: You’re only wearing one hat and it’s a dunce cap.

Obama’s declaration to eliminate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to fulfill his campaign promise to the Human Rights Campaign and functionally implement an affirmative action system for sexual depravity in every branch of military service would be egregious and offensive at any time. It is even more so in the middle of a war.

Well yes, because allowing gays to defend their country is just like an affirmative action. Except, of course, it’s not anything like it at all. And he buttresses his illogic by substituting anecdotal evidence for actual evidence:

There are certainly many who are claiming that the gays currently serving (and who obviously have not told) are integrated and not creating any challenges. A 2006 Zogby poll of “545 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan” asserts that a growing number of military members are not threatened by the homosexuals they do know.

I have yet to talk to a member of the military who agrees with that assessment.

Which means absolutely nothing. I doubt Welch talks to anyone who doesn’t run in the same small-minded circles. We now have dozens and dozens of major military leaders, including those like Colin Powell Gen. Shalikashvili who supported the DADT policy initially, who have publicly favored allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. But since Welch hasn’t actually spoken to any of them, they obviously don’t matter because they don’t exist.

All we have to do is compare other institutions like our schools
, government agencies and the assault on marriage to understand that lifting the ban on open practice of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc. behavior would empower the radical activists to do to our soldiers what they have done to our schoolchildren.

This doesn’t even loosely resemble a coherent argument. What on earth could it even mean?

With a father-in-law who was one of the “Chosin Few” of the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War, a father who served in the Navy during that period and a son who has served two tours in Iraq with the Corps, I have a deep love for those who have served and are serving our country in harm’s way. Their job
is not a social service agency or a humanitarian relief organization. It is to kill people and break things. It is to protect the citizens of this country from violent aggressors and defeat those enemies.

Right, he has a deep love for soldiers – unless they’re gay, then he wants them thrown out of the military no matter how good they are at killing people and breaking things (or speaking Arabic, a particularly important skill right now that is in seriously short supply because we’ve thrown out dozens of Arabic linguists for being gay). If that’s “deep love,” one shudders to think what he would do if he didn’t love them.