Dispatches from the Creation Wars

The Moonie Times has an article about an American general denying that he compared opponents of lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military with those who opposed racial integration in the military.

An Army general playing a prominent role in readying the military for open gays in the ranks has equated those who resist the plan to racists who opposed racial integration after World War II, according to two service members and a civilian who heard his remarks.

But the Army says officials checked notes taken at the sessions in Germany and found no reference to Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick making such a comparison. Gen. Bostick said the attendees are misquoting him.

Now here’s the funny part:

The two said they were offended because they base their opposition to homosexuality on religious grounds. They said Gen. Bostick’s remarks raised fears that the Army will seek to punish soldiers for their religious beliefs, or push them out for not going along with President Obama’s policy of lifting the ban on open gays, known as ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

The dynamic at play in the coming integration is exactly the same as what took place under Truman when the military was integrated racially. Many soldiers then had a religious opposition to working side by side with blacks too, as far too many people have forgotten. Many have forgotten that many, perhaps most, Christian denominations preached Bible-inspired racism for centuries until it became unpopular to do so.

The Hamitic hypothesis, based on Noah’s cursing of the descendants of Ham, was not some fringe belief accepted only by a few, it was a very popular position in Christian churches for centuries. It was used to justify slavery from the middle ages on and was regarded as Biblical truth for many conservative denominations until just the last few decades.

The belief that Noah’s cursing of Ham indicated that the darker races allegedly descended from Ham were ordained to be slaves of everyone else goes all the way back to early Jewish teaching (the Babylonian Talmud states it rather clearly) and to the early Christian church fathers like Origen.