May 28th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Perkins: Repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' threatens military chaplains

(CNN) - Hours before the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a measure Thursday that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a group of pastors, priests and rabbis gathered in the Capitol to encourage lawmakers to retain the ban on gays in the military.

The group opened the press conference with prayer, asking for God to bless their efforts and to soften the hearts of senators and congressmen to their position.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who co-sponsored the presser, said repealing "don't ask, don't tell" could undermine the religious liberties of those serving in the military, particularly military chaplains.

“You have over 200 sponsoring organizations that may be prevented from sponsoring chaplains because they hold orthodox Christian views that will be in conflict with what the military says is stated policy,” said Perkins.

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  1. Video Guy

    Tony Perkins Christian views are hateful and missing the message of a loving God. It makes me proud to be a "ELCA Lutheran".

    May 28, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. get real

    Military Chaplains are supposed to (and already are) serving ALL military personnel! I'm so sick of the religious right's victim mentality. No one is threatening you, get over it!

    May 28, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. linell, Winter Park, FL

    How unChristian of them

    May 28, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Bleeding heart Liberal

    So, let me see if I understand this.....It's not against Jesus' teachings to work for the military with regard to life and death issues (yes, the military kills people – it's a part of the job) – but it IS against Jesus' teachings to work for the military that consists of men and women who choose companionship with the same sex.......hmmmm.....You know, I don't see much about that in the Bible -- and I see a whole lot about life and death issues in the bible – even in the 10 Commandments! Sounds like a cop-out to me.

    May 28, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    Perkins is a social parasite who abuses Christian ideals to insight hate and bigotry – a real scum bag. And probably a hypocrite on the issue of gays.

    May 28, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Maybe that is why preaching should be done at home or in a place of worship instead of it getting in the way of everything all the time.

    May 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. witch56

    They need to get over it .It is going to happen and it should happen. The dark ages are over.

    May 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Dave

    What part of the "separation of church and state" concept do the FRC mouth-breathers have trouble understanding? It's not rocket science – even these idiots should be able to figure it out. As for Tony Perkins, he has demonstrated time and again that he's nothing more than a knuckle-dragging bigot with a big mouth and a podium. His opinion means nothing to people who can actually think.

    May 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Doug

    The religious people showing hate... typical.

    May 28, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. larry

    Obviously these religulous pastors, priests and rabbis don't want their homosexual affairs to be made public. They just don't realize that there is nothing wrong with being gay and they should stand up for who they really are.

    May 28, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Bob C

    Dear Mr. Perkins: What part of separation of church and state don't you understand? Please keep your "church" out of my government.

    May 28, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Let's translate what this homophobe moron is basically saying, shall we??

    "People who believe they are morally superior and better than another class of people have a right to discriminate against them and to preach that others should discriminate against them as well, particularly if those beliefs are founded in religion, and for the government to enact laws that prevent us from discriminating against others because of our religious beliefs is actually discrimination against and oppression of our religious beliefs."

    Really? If you buy this guy's backwards mental diarrhea, I suggest you just take it whole hog, quit your job, stop hiding behind this "krischun nashun" blather, admit that you want the United States to be a Christian theocracy and go fight for handing the Pope the presidency. You want to be a chaplain in OUR military run by OUR secular government and paid for by OUR taxes? Then you don't get to have YOUR way with it and impose YOUR belief system and YOUR prejudices and bigotry on the rest of US. Don't like it? Don't be a chaplain...we'll find another one who has a brain in his freekin head.

    May 28, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. MSH, Miami, FL

    When are evangelistic (so-called) Christians going to learn to stop trying to get everyone else to live by THEIR beliefs? They are free to believe what they want, but they are not free to force their beliefs and values down the rest of our throats.

    May 28, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Marlene

    Tell Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council and the other 199 organizations that the military doesn't need their help. If DADT offends their beliefs, then stay away. The military has their own chaplins. Funny how many of these very same organizations proclaim that humanship begins before birth, but yet, they won't afford equal treatment under the law for all who live. Enough – go away. Or maybe these organizations get monetary compensation for the work they do with the military members?? Marlene in Mich

    May 28, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Future expat

    This guy's relevance ended sometime in the mid-90s

    May 28, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. jjniss

    So it's OK for the military chaplain's beliefs to trump the rights of the individual in the military? That's not what the constitution is all about and besides, it's just plain wrong headed.

    May 28, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Tom in Wheaton

    And I don't think the US Military should sanction any religion that does not recognize gays, either. Throw them ALL out. Narrow minds have no place in the 21st century.

    May 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Jim in Idaho

    What idiotic sophistry. What? Military chaplains can't serve because people around them might be gay?

    Heres some news for Tony Perkins....civilian clergy are faced with this same situation, living in neighborhoods/parishes where gay people live, eat, breath and work every day........ and somehow these civilian clergy seem to survive and do what they were ordained to do. If the truth be known, many of their parishioners are undoubtedly quietly gay

    Only in Tony Perkin's bigoted, un-Christian mind could this ridiculous even begin to make sense.

    The un-Christian lenghts some "Christians" will go to force their views of morality on others never ceases to amaze me.

    May 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Ted

    What is he thinking? Does he think that there are no gays in the military now? Or that somehow there are gays but that the ministers don't know it? Come on Mr. Perkins, join the real world. (And don't look now, but I bet you go to church with some gays right now and don't know it). We are all God's children.

    May 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. David

    Boo hoo, you undermine the religious liberties of those who think you are dead wrong in condeming people based on your prejudices, I don't want my children to be influenced by your out of touch bigotry.

    May 28, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    FRC again? Most of the religious nuts in this country are closet homosexuals !! Look at all the homo and child molestation (not to mention the women sometimes) that have come from the very repubican and church groups that YELL THE LOUDEST.

    THEY PROTEST TOO MUCH – Deviousness and secretiveness does NOT make them holier.

    May 28, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. christopher

    you gotta be kidding me, priests? bless me father, but you gotta a lot of balls!!

    May 28, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Holding Up A Mirror

    What does this guy know about being a chaplin? ... or about being in the military ???

    He has no credibility .... don't accord him any.

    May 28, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Mike

    I am disappointed at the narrow mindedness of these "Christian" pastors and believe that if they can not do their job they should resign. This is the classic case of the tail wagging the dog mentality.

    For those in the military who have a problem serving with the gay and lesbian community they should be offered an honorable discharge and I say good riddance. We will look back in history with awe and disbelief that people could be persecuted for their sexual orientation.

    May 28, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. David

    how about we just take everyone's liberties way? If nobody can compromise, especially the God fearing/loving Christians or whatever religion you belong to, then take every freedom and liberty any person has, because that is exactly the outcome for every person that is gay.

    May 28, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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