Faith in America, a North Carolina-based organization formed to end legal and spiritual discrimination against LGBT people in America by providing information about religion-based bigotry and its historic expressions, takes exception with General Pace's remarks about the immorality of gays, since he used his beliefs to justify public policy that discriminates against gays and lesbians who wish to serve their country.
A message from Jimmy Creech, executive director of Faith In America, is after the jump.
"While General Pace just tried to clarify his remarks by aligning his comments with standing military policy, a major issue remains unexplained. General Pace needs to clarify what in his upbringing defined homosexuality to be immoral to him. Was it his civil life, his schooling, his religion that taught him that? This is the question parents, teachers, clergy and the media should ask. If it was his religious upbringing, we already know that religion has a history in the teaching of discrimination and hate.
"It is ridiculous to think that General Pace could curb his personal views when dealing with military policy. His comments exposed more than simply `don't ask, don't tell' policy for the military, but exposed a very real practice in our society: bigotry against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We wonder what General Pace would be saying if the question of the day were about African Americans or women serving in the military?
"When a person in such a position of power as General Pace uses a word like `immoral,' the person owes the country an explanation about how he comes to those positions. General Pace owes this country, especially those people who serve in the military, an explanation for attributing his outrageous statements to his upbringing."
It's true. Since the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff chose to share how his upbringing informs his judgment about how best to run the military -- and who has the moral standing to serve -- it's a legitimate question to ask how and why he feels those beliefs should play out in enforcing public policy as a military leader; he's not a minister.
Out gay Tar Heel entrepreneur and founder of Faith in America, Mitchell Gold, has a few words about religious bigotry and how it is used to harm LGBT citizens in the name of God.
Related posts on Pam's House Blend:
* Former Sen. Simpson crushes Gen. Pace, DADT in op-ed
* Anti-gay military hack Elaine Donnelly surfaces to comment on Pace
* Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: gays are 'immoral'
* Gen. Pace: no apologies for calling gays immoral