The military under Barack Obama has increasingly embraced the philosophy of the sexual revolution. At the same time, it reels from the consequences of that revolution. Headlines in recent months suggest that moral discipline within the ranks continues to deteriorate. Lawmakers decry reports showing a “50% increase in reports of military sexual assaults.”
One would think a military with such problems might want to retain its Christian chaplains, not drive them away. Yet that is the effect of its decision to prioritize political correctness. Obama’s surrogates in the military have made it clear to Christian chaplains that they should stay silent or leave.
In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen informed a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that “If you cannot get in line, resign your commission.” Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said those who dissent from Obama’s gay rights agenda should “get out.” The Washington Times reported him saying: “Unfortunately, we have a minority of service members who are still racists and bigoted and you will never be able to get rid of all of them. But these people opposing this new policy will need to get with the program, and if they can’t, they need to get out.”
The latest victim of this purge is Navy chaplain Wes Modder, who faces possible expulsion for nothing more than preaching traditional Christian morality. Thirty-five members of Congress are protesting his treatment. Modder stands accused of failing to demonstrate “tolerance and respect” during counseling sessions with soldiers.
The charge is laughably Orwellian. As Modder’s lawyer pointed out, the chaplain simply answered questions honestly from soldiers, eager to catch him out in a politically incorrect offense, according to the tenets of his faith: “To be clear, Chaplain Modder does not dispute that during private, one-on-one pastoral care and counseling sessions, he expressed his sincerely held religious belief that: sexual acts outside of marriage are contrary to Biblical teaching; and homosexual behavior is contrary to Biblical teaching; and homosexual orientation or temptation, as distinct from conduct, is not sin.”
Through cases like this one, the military is sending a message to all traditionally Christian chaplains that their religious freedom is now nil. If they wish to serve in the military, they must forfeit their faith and accept a nonreligious role. Perhaps in time they will even be punished for their silence when gay-activist soldiers put them on the spot during counseling sessions.
It is not surprising that in a military in which traditional religion is punished indiscipline and sexual corruption would spread. But Obama’s utopian social engineers think they have found a nonreligious cure for this chaos: motivational speakers who will teach wayward solders better manners. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the military is trying to restore restraint to its ranks through “May I kiss you? training”:
The Air Force is the latest branch to employ the services of Mike Domitrz, a speaker and author known for his “May I Kiss You?” training session, to teach servicemembers about consent and sexual assault prevention….Each “May I Kiss You?” session covers three major areas: asking before a person engages in intimacy with their partner, how to intervene if they see alcohol used to facilitate sexual assault, and how to support a survivor should they confide in the audience member that they have been affected by a sexual assault…. He gives the “Can I Kiss You?” talk at an average of 50 military bases a year, including recent sessions at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir, and the Navy Fleet Forces stationed in Bahrain. An upcoming event is scheduled at the Atlantic Fleet Forces in Naples, Italy.
As the restraining influence of religion disappears in the military, the void it leaves is filled by such absurd secularist substitutes. They have no chance of working. The liberationist philosophy the military has been forced by domestic politics to honor makes it impossible for it to maintain order and discipline effectively.
That military officials think an epidemic of sexual assault can be erased by a few Brave New World-style training sessions illustrates the depth of this delusion. Having chosen a de-Christianized military, they are in no position to expect the persistence of Christian virtue.