The “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” Repeal: What’s Next? -- By: Douglas E. Lee

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 09:1 (Spring 2012)
Article: The “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” Repeal: What’s Next?
Author: Douglas E. Lee


The “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” Repeal: What’s Next?

Douglas E. Lee

Douglas E. Lee (Brigadier General, Retired) served as Army Assistant Chief of Chaplains for Mobilization and Readiness and is Executive Director of the Presbyterian and Reformed Commission for Chaplain and Military Personnel (PRCC) head of PCA chaplains endorsing agency.

It is not an overstatement to suggest that religious liberty is under attack in America. Federal mandates to provide abortion services, litigation from people offended by Christian references, university students being discriminated against for their personal religious convictions, and virulent attacks by many in the media , etc., all point to a dramatic changing moral climate in the USA. Certain groups have been concerned about religious liberty issues from the founding of this nation. For example, Baptists were in the forefront of these issues during the formation of this fragile republic. Baptist writer and historian Don Boys declares,

The fact is, we would not have the First Amendment (and probably the other nine) if it were not for the Baptists, especially those in Virginia and Massachusetts… They wrote in part: ‘When the Constitution first made its appearance in Virginia, we, as a society, feared that the liberty of conscience, dearer to us than property or life, was not sufficiently secured. Perhaps our jealousies were heightened by the usage we received in Virginia, under the regal government, when mobs, fines, bonds and prisons were our frequent repast…’ (Notice that they said that liberty of conscience was more important than their property or life. It is my opinion that most Christians do not believe that today).1

Anyone interested in the preservation of America’s founding principles ought to be just as concerned about religious conscience or liberty today—not only for our military personnel, but for our society in general. For the homosexual community (known as GLBT— -i.e., Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transvestite), religious freedom is debatable. An astounding comment came from the lips of the Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chai Feldblum, in 2006. She said this regarding the conflict between religious liberty and homosexual conduct: “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.” Feldblum made similar arguments in her law review article on that topic, stating that the conflict was a “zero-sum game” where “society should come down on the side of protecting” homosexual conduct.2

As a retired US Army c...

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