The Star-Strangled Banner
The Obama administration doesn’t typically run its agenda up the flagpole, but at a military base in Afghanistan, the soldiers did it for them. There, in the dusty desert of war, an Army outpost saluted the colors of the homosexual lobby by flying a rainbow flag in place of Old Glory. Back home in America, a woman named Nicole Jodice posted the picture on Facebook, praising her husband for promoting, not the stars, but these stripes.
To some, like Mstr. Sgt. Corey Wade, these displays are an uncomfortable reminder of the open policy that few of the troops support. In response to the picture of a Marine with his legs wrapped around his boyfriend in Stars and Stripes magazine, Wade wrote a stinging letter to the editors, explaining that the military’s rules on homosexuality may have changed, but the troops’ reservations about it had not. “The photo you posted in the March 4 Mideast and Pacific editions with the article ‘Gay Marine’s homecoming kiss gets worldwide notice’ is both disgusting and outrageous… The vast majority of military members I know do not support homosexuality in the military in any way, let alone homosexuality on its own. Yet the voices of opposition to homosexuality continue to not be heard by biased media outlets.”
And the troops aren’t the only ones feeling the whiplash of the military’s new policy. Just three weeks after President Obama publicly apologized for offending the Islamic community with the accidental Koran burning, this base is pledging its allegiance to an act that is nearly as incendiary. Where is the concern now for angering Afghan Muslims, who vehemently oppose homosexuality? The issue is as much an issue of military security as it is of religious morality. After February’s accident with the Korans, American lives were lost. What price will we pay because some want to use the military to show their gay pride?
The decision to fly the flag is even more of a head-scratcher when you consider the Defense Department’s obvious scorn for the Christian cross. Last November, in Afghanistan’s Camp Marmal, soldiers were ordered to tear down a cross that marked the chapel’s entrance because it was, in Commander William Speaks’s words, “a distinctly religious symbol.” The camp’s occupants were stunned. “[S]eeing the cross is a daily reminder of my faith and what Jesus accomplished for me.” Yet the President, who couldn’t apologize for the Koran burning fast enough, never uttered a word.
“I really don’t understand why Christians are always attacked,” said a service member. “It if was a crescent moon on top of a mosque, it would never be taken down.” Unfortunately, it appears this flag is just one way the President is taking his hostility toward religious freedom to new heights.