- The Washington Times - Monday, September 27, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

One unintended consequence of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military will be an exodus of theological conservatives from the chaplaincy corps.

Homosexuals have always served in the military, of course, but only by hiding their sexual orientation. While ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would allow homosexuals to serve openly, it also would be a death knell for religious freedom in the military; i.e., the military will be in a position to dictate what religious beliefs are acceptable.

Chaplains holding to a traditional understanding of homosexuality would be in the untenable position of having the military prescribe sermon content and how homosexual soldiers would be counseled. Many chaplains will choose to leave the military because allowing for open homosexuality will come at the expense of their conscience and their religious freedom. Society must decide which right it wants to preserve - or elevate - and which right it will do away with.

THOMAS M. BEATTIE

Mount Vernon, Va.

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