WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) delivers opening remarks during a hearing about the military's don't ask, don't tell policy on Capitol Hill December 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced earlier this week that a comprehensive study found that allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the United States armed forces presents a low risk to the military's effectiveness, even at a time of war, and that 70 percent of service members believe that the impact of repealing the law would be either positive, mixed or of no consequence at all. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Although top military leaders and troop surveys are offering compelling evidence that congressional repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will severely impact recruiting, retention, unit cohesion and morale, and even – in the words of the nation’s Marine Corps commandant – cause “disruption of the successful execution of our current combat mission,” Democrat senators are intent on abolishing the armed forces’ policy on homosexuality that has been part of military culture and discipline since the days of George Washington.

But now you can tell Congress that George Washington actually knew what he was doing when he determined that homosexuality in a team of fighters disrupts morale, damages unit cohesion and hurts military readiness.

WND has launched a petition urging President Obama and members of Congress to cease trying to “overturn the proven and time-tested warrior culture of the finest fighting force in history”: 

The petition says:

To: Barack Obama and all members of the United States Congress

Whereas, today’s lame-duck Congress, recently repudiated by voters for pushing a progressive-left agenda on America, is nevertheless attempting in the last few days of its legislative session to impose – during wartime – a radical social experiment on the nation’s armed forces by mandating inclusion of open homosexuals;

Whereas, a Pentagon survey of personnel in the various armed services shows that repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is opposed by large numbers of America’s fighting men and women and would likely create a major retention problem at a time when the military is already shorthanded;

Whereas, Sen. John McCain has warned, based on the Pentagon’s statistics, that 264,600 men and women would likely “leave the military earlier than they had planned” if open homosexuality is allowed, and some military analysts say the number leaving could well be double that, thereby endangering the viability of America’s all-voluntary military;

Whereas, in another poll conducted by the Military Times – asking “If the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy is overturned and gays are allowed to serve openly, how would you respond?” – nearly 10 percent said, “I would not re-enlist or extend my service” while another 14 percent said, “I would consider not re-enlisting or extending my service”;

Whereas, the U.S. military, ever since the era of George Washington, has held that open homosexuals are disruptive to morale, unit cohesion and military readiness;

Whereas, that view is confirmed by military leaders today, including Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Amos who recently testified that a majority of combat Marines oppose permitting open homosexuality in their ranks, that repealing current policy “would absolutely have an impact on combat units” and that “the potential exists for disruption of the successful execution of our current combat mission should repeal be implemented at this time”;

Whereas, over 1,100 retired generals and admirals – who understand better than anyone the real-world repercussions of mandating inclusion of open homosexuals in the intensely tight-knit, close-quarters environment of soldiers at war – have signed a petition urging retention of the current policy and opposing repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”:

The petition goes on to demand that senators honor the “clear wishes of the voters they serve, as well as the wishes of the U.S. military, by immediately ceasing … efforts to overturn the proven and time-tested warrior culture of the finest fighting force in history.”

It was Sen. McCain who during a recent hearing on the issue warned that hundreds of thousands of valuable soldiers could flee the military because of what homosexual activists are demanding.

“If 12.6 percent of the military left earlier, that translates into 264,600 men and women who would leave the military earlier than they had planned … Do you think that’s a good idea to replace 265,000 troops … in a time of war?” he asked.

Military analyst Bob Maginnis, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, went further.

“Twelve-point-six percent is just the people who said they would leave,” Maginnis warned. “If you add in the number who said they ‘might’ leave, you get 23.7 percent. That would be 528,000, when you count both active duty and reserves.

“And that’s only if you trust their numbers,” Maginnis continued. “They have a real problem with their numbers. It’s skewed toward noncombatants, and the Air Force had much larger proportional participation than the Army, so the numbers are totally unreliable.

At the same time McCain’s comments were made, commanders of the Army, Air Force and Marines cautioned that change a sudden change to allow open homosexuals in Congress would cause problems.

It was Maginnis who explained that the military’s “survey” about homosexuality in the ranks failed.

“I don’t think people understand how they have spun these numbers. Not only is the survey biased, the way they combined their percentages is skewed. They say 50 or 55 percent of the troops support repeal, but that’s not true. The big slice of that 55 percent is ‘mixed’, some positive, some negative.” The truth is, it was 30 percent negative, and 15 or 20 percent positive.”

Maginnis said the results of the survey consistently show that two service members oppose DADT repeal for every supporter.

Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Amos acknowledged that a clear majority of combat Marines oppose permitting open homosexuality in the ranks.

“Their message is that the potential exists for disruption of the successful execution of our current combat mission should repeal be implemented at this time,” said Amos.

Further, such changes would put any Christian chaplain in an impossible situation.

“If you have strongly held religious beliefs you’ll have cognitive dissonance, and it’ll be very difficult to overcome. The military is ignoring privacy concerns, and you’ll be told you’ll have to room with a homosexual. Your commander will tell you that you will never be propositioned and your roommate will never leer at you, so your deeply held religious beliefs will be of no consequence,” Maginnis said.

“Ever since George Washington the military has been programmed to believe homosexuals are disruptive to morale and unit cohesiveness, and are a readiness problem. You have to expunge all those negative thoughts you have about homosexuality and replace them with what you’re told by the chain of command about what’s right and wrong,” he warned.

Sign WND’s petition demanding Congress stop its plan to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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