Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.
New Law, Old Fight
The Senate Armed Services Committee and the House of Representatives voted yesterday to overturn the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly. The votes signal that conservative activists may be losing the battle over gays in the military.
The new law is a compromise between the White House and Capitol Hill that clears the way for the military to change the policy, but the repeal would not take place immediately. Before the repeal would take place, the Pentagon must finish its review of the policy, and the defense secretary and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff must agree that the repeal would not harm military readiness.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), called the compromise a "cultural time bomb, strapped on the backs of the men and women who honorably serve this country."
The FRC also created a website devoted to DADT (complete with a customizable color palate depending on one's favorite branch of the military) that says, "Our military exists to fight and win wars, not engage in radical social engineering. Forcing soldiers to cohabit with people who view them as sexual objects would inevitably lead to increased sexual tension, sexual harassment, and even sexual assault."
The organization's link between gays and sexual assault createdheadlines. The FRC issued a report that claimed gays in the military are more likely to commit sexual assault than heterosexuals. The conclusion is based on the number of same-gender sexual assaults in the military compared with the percentage of civilians ...