Hi to my Forum Friends,
In the Timesdaily News Forum, a discussion was begun titled, "Gay Ban Dishonors Military's Integrity" -- and our new Forum Friend, Unreligious, responds to the original poster by writing "Biblical scholars (you know, people who read it in the original languages, not mis-translations) says that God destroyed Sodom for rape and inhospitality. Kind of like the inhospitality you are displaying towards gay people."
My Friend, you are just as wrong as the person who began that discussion by posting, ]"We don't need any queers in this country...little own in our military: Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?"
While I totally dislike the original post and believe his/her wording to be misguided and disgraceful -- I do agree that our leaders should not change the ban on homosexuals in the military. Why? Well, in the military, as in our police departments -- those on the front lines need to know and respect the ones who have their backs. Discipline is the backbone of any military unit. When our leaders insert this barrier between groups in the military -- discipline breaks down.
Yes, I was in the military. And, yes, like most in the military I went in as a 17 year old teenager. In Basic Training, or Boot Camp, or whatever the different branches call their initial military training -- the Drill Instructor is a god. His word is the law; no exceptions. The first thing the military instills in new recruits newly arrived at a training base is -- do not, in any way, make your Drill Instructor unhappy.
Given that kind of atmosphere -- and given a group of 60 scared teenagers -- this could be a breeding ground for disasters if the Drill Instructor happens to be gay. What do we have in this situation? We have 60 scared new teenage recruits living in the same training barracks with a person who is to be viewed as an inerrant god, not to be questioned. What happens if this god tells a recruit to come to his room tonight for late night training? The frightened recruit is powerless to say no. And, we all know what that late night training entails -- at least in the mind of this military appointed god.
Would you want your teenage son or daughter put into such a situation?
And, even after the initial Basic Training -- gays in a military unit can be very disruptive. Young military people have enough trouble with the gays who gather in a community surrounding a military base -- waiting for an opportunity to attempt a seduction upon the young men and women. Yes, I have experienced this also. When I went through Tech School training in Denver -- gays swarmed around the young military people like flies. We could not stand on the bus stop in the evening without gays in cars lining up to try and pick up unsuspecting young GIs.
And, yes, gays allowed in the military can become predatory. This I experienced also. I was stationed at Osan Air Base in Korea. This was a rather large base; so a person could walk to another side of the base and not be recognized. At that time, we lived in twenty men quonset huts and our toilet and showers were in a quonset hut across the street.
One evening I had worked late and went to take a shower. I was the only one in the shower quonset hut -- when suddenly I looked up and saw a guy I did not recognize staring at me. When he made his verbal approach -- I told him in no uncertain terms what I would do to him if he was still there when I got out of the shower. He disappeared in a flash. Was it because he was afraid of what this skinny teenage kid from Alabama could to to him physically? No. He was afraid because if he was caught, or reported, making homosexual advances toward another man -- he would be drummed out of the Air Force.
Today, if we remove the ban on gays in the military -- this restraint will be gone -- for the gays will have no fear of discovery and being kicked out of the military. In other words, it will be "open season" for all gay predators within our military units and bases. God help the poor, innocent young kids trapped by older gay predators.
Openly gay recognition in the military will be a very destructive force from within. And, our current administration, which is very anti-military, sees no problem with this.
But, Unreligious, to address your comment, "Biblical scholars (you know, people who read it in the original languages, not mistranslations) says that God destroyed Sodom for rape and inhospitality. Kind of like the inhospitality you are displaying towards gay people."
The only so called Bible Scholars who support this thinking are the Liberal Theology proponents who are trying to build support for gay and lesbian leaders in Christian churches. Yes, I have seen this advocated by lesbian pastors and other gay theologians -- but, this is truly an abortion of Biblical teaching -- a feeble attempt to rewrite the Bible to fit their worldly desires.
Homosexuality, the homosexual lifestyle, is Biblically a worldly lifestyle and is condemned in the Bible -- and there is absolutely no way to rewrite Genesis 19:4-5 to mean anything except homosexuality.
Genesis 19:4-5, "Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.'"
The men of the city wanted to have homosexual relations with the angels. And, when it says "the men of the city. . . all the people from every quarter" -- we are not talking about a few misfits -- but ALL THE MEN OF THE CITY.
And, it was not the hands of the angels the "men of the city" wanted to shake!
No, my Friend, there is no way Genesis 19 can be honestly translated except to mean homosexuality -- regardless of how gays and lesbians want to rewrite it to include their worldly lifestyle.
Sorry, my Friend -- but, no cigar -- not even if your name is Clinton.
God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,