Like you, I, too, have had friends who were gay -- and they did not bother me. Why? Because we were friends; they respected me and I respected their right to choose their own lifestyle. I have a close friend living near us now whose son is gay -- and he is a very nice guy. I like him. But, his lifestyle is still against the Word of God.
However, this mutual respect does not apply to gay predators who are on the prowl. And, if you tell me that you never encountered gays around Boot Camp towns and Tech School camps -- the only explanation is that you stayed in the closet yourself and never ventured into the real world.
Yes, I have had gay predators come after me, both on military bases and off base, in the local towns.
And, many of my friends experienced this also. One friend was in a panic. An older gay gave him a ride at the bus stop in Denver. Driving toward the base -- the older man made his pitch and my friend said no. Then, the man offered him money and my friend said no. Then, the man offered money and a bottle of whiskey -- and my friend said no. Then, believe it or not -- the man offered money, whiskey, and a night with his wife if the kid would have a homosexual tryst with him.
By the time he got back to the base he was in a panic -- and, of course, being young ourselves then, we teased him -- what, you turned down money, whiskey, and his wife?
But, this type of gay predator is common around any military base where young, inexperienced recruits are training. And, if you say you never experienced that -- you must be the ONLY man who ever served in the military in the last one hundred years who did not.
Am I prejudiced and bigoted? Only if you believe that protecting our young kids from predators makes me such -- for, I will go to bat to protect our young people.
God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,