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Obama bucks America's wishes with 'Don't Ask' repeal
Posted By Bob Unruh On 05/08/2011 @ 7:51 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Editor’s note: This is another in a series of WND/WENZEL Polls conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
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President Obama is thumbing his nose at a majority of Americans by insisting on the integration of open homosexual behavior into the U.S. military, according to a new poll.
The results are from a WND/WENZEL Poll conducted for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
The scientific telephone survey was conducted April 19-21 and has a margin of error of 3.23 percentage points. It found that more than 51 percent of Americans, including nearly one in four individuals who identify themselves as “liberal,” said the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” practice should be reinstated or never should have been repealed.
“On the question of whether it was right for the federal government to repeal the compromise known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ that allowed gays to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces as long as they kept their sexual orientation to themselves, 51 percent said either that the rule should be reinstated or that Congress was wrong to repeal it last December in a lame duck session of Congress,” explained Fritz Wenzel, chief of the polling company, in his analysis.
“The vote came after the November elections in which the Democrats lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives and suffered significant losses in the U.S. Senate. Had this measure been delayed until the newly elected Congress could consider it, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would almost certainly have failed, and this survey data shows the public would have supported continuation of that policy,” he said.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a policy ordered by former President Clinton after Congress passed a law banning homosexuality in the military ranks. Under the Clinton policy, if homosexual soldiers didn’t make a public issue of their sexual lifestyle, the military would not make inquiries about it, despite the ban.
The poll question was, “Congress recently repealed the U.S. military’s long-standing prohibition against homosexuals openly serving in the armed forces, a policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Which of the following statements best reflects your thinking about the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
While 43 percent of the respondents said it is time for change, 31.2 percent said it was wrong to adopt the repeal, and another 19.3 percent said it should be reinstated.
The issue was one that Obama had promised to address while he was garnering support from homosexual organizations during the 2008 campaign.
“Much of what was done in that lame duck session last December was seen as a final payoff to liberal interests before liberals lost power in Congress in January, and they clearly supported this measure. Among liberals, 74 percent favored repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” Wenzel’s analysis said.
“Among those who have either served in the armed forces or have an immediate family member who is serving or has served, just 38 percent favored repeal of the measure, while 58 percent opposed it or favor its reinstatement,” the analysis said.
“Asked whether American soldiers should be required to bunk and shower with open homosexuals, 27 percent said they should, while 53 percent said they should not. Another 20 percent said they were unsure on the question. There was little difference in sentiment on this question between those with military experience in their immediate family and those with none, as both groups opposed the bunking and showering with open homosexuals by about a two-to-one margin,” Wenzel said.
The survey also questioned respondents about the “hate crimes” statutes that provide special protection for homosexuals and a “more severe” penalty for those convicted of a crime against those in the protected class.
“Respondents were split on whether extra penalties should be meted out for so-called ‘hate crimes,’ as 35 percent said the extra penalty is needed to deter crimes against protected classes of citizens, and 36 percent said such penalties are wrong and violate the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under law. Almost 30 percent said they were unsure on the question,” the analysis said.
Even one in five of the self-identified “liberals” said the extra penalty is wrong, and southerners by a nearly 2-1 margin agreed.
Wenzel also reported, however, that spending tax dollars to encourage “choices” in sexual lifestyles is anathema to a “vast majority” of 85 percent. That’s the number who oppose using tax dollars to pay for sex-change operations under Obama’s new health care plan. Only 8 percent said that should happen.
“Asked if they believed the Bible condemns homosexuality, 47 percent said they believed it clearly does, while 33 percent said they felt there could be different interpretations of the Bible’s declarations on the subject. Just 12 percent said they did not believe the Bible, so such questions don’t matter,” according to Wenzel.
Lastly, the poll queried respondents about the recent “male-on-male kiss” in the television program Glee. Forty-one percent said the negative reaction was a healthy response to an offensive scene. Ten percent fewer, 31 percent, said the reaction was because of “anti-gay prejudice.”
“As gay activists target specific segments of American society – education and the military – to promote acceptance of their lifestyle and agenda, Americans oppose such actions,” Wenzel said.
“While these activists may see promise in the long term, as younger respondents appear more accepting than older respondents on some points, the short-term political danger posed by this agenda is daunting to the political left, as both moderates and conservatives strongly oppose many elements of what gay activists are seeking. After the strong rebuke in the 2010 midterm congressional elections, Democrats face another dramatic defeat if these issues reach a prominent position in political races next year.”
A new campaign recently was launched calling on members of Congress to defend marriage – as Obama and attorney general Eric Holder have declined to do in federal cases challenge the Defense of Marriage Act.
The effort is being championed by Kenneth L. Hutcherson, senior pastor and co-founder of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., who recently wrote in a column on WND saying the defense of marriage “is a movement I would be willing to lead.”
The “TIME TO DEFEND MARRIAGE: The Genesis 2:24 Campaign” is named after the earliest scriptural teaching on marriage. It enables constituents to send letters to all 535 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, encouraging them to prevent the societal consequences of caving in to the demands of homosexuals who insist that society should affirm their same-sex “marriages.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: At the request of one congressional member of the House Armed Services Committee, in early April WND sent to committee members, including Rep. Duncan Hunter, as well as staffers, 150 copies of the special Whistleblower issue, “DROPPING THE ‘H’-BOMB: As Obama and Congress force open homosexuality on America’s military, soldiers are fighting back.” Get your copy of this power-packed Whistleblower issue that has been widely acclaimed by Medal of Honor recipients and other military heroes as the best single argument against repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
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