Thursday, September 27, 2007

General Pace

AP has an article up about General Pete Pace, Pace Repeats View That Gay Sex Immoral.

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, caused a stir at a Senate hearing Wednesday when he repeated his view that gay sex is immoral and should not be condoned by the military.

I'm sort of left wondering why they are talking about this, since it seems like there are much more important things to discuss, but anyway, why should this view be so surprising? Many Americans of different religions see homosexuality as wrong, maybe the only thing thats surprising about it is that he actually had the guts to say it?

The views expressed, at least according to this article, do not seem extreme at all, and certainly don't warrant being labeled a bigot.

"Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes," he told the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing focused on the Pentagon's 2008 war spending request.

"We need to be very precise then, about what I said wearing my stars and being very conscious of it," he added. "And that is, very simply, that we should respect those who want to serve the nation but not through the law of the land, condone activity that, in my upbringing, is counter to God's law."

Sounds reasonable.

The hearing resumed about five minutes later in which Pace said he would be supportive of efforts to revisit the Pentagon's policy so long as it didn't violate his belief that sex should be restricted to a married heterosexual couple.

"I would be very willing and able and supportive" to changes to the policy "to continue to allow the homosexual community to contribute to the nation without condoning what I believe to be activity - whether it to be heterosexual or homosexual - that in my upbringing is not right," Pace said.

With the way people responded to what he said you'd think he'd made some bizzare rant like the weirdos from Westboro Baptist Church.

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