Religious right overjoyed by Trump’s transgender ban
Religious Right leaders have been falling over one another over the past 24 hours in a bid to trumpet their approval of Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the US military.
Right Wing Watch reported that Trump’s reinstatement of a ban – lifted during the Obama administration – has figured large on the Religious Right’s wish list for Trump and they had been frantically been lobbying for the change.
The viciously anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel headed by Mat Staver, above, celebrated Trump’s decision. Staver said:
I applaud President Trump for making America safe again. The military is a lethal weapon designed to protect America and our allies. It is not a social club, a social experimentation petri dish, or ClubMed.
The focus should be military readiness and unit cohesion. The President has kept his promise to return to military priorities by not continuing the ‘transgender’ policy that undermines unit cohesion, preparedness, and morale. The duty of military officers is to appropriately lead and prepare their personnel to serve and protect, and they cannot do that when there is confusion, dysfunction, and safety issues within the barracks.
It is an article of faith among many Religious Right activists that there is no such thing as transgender identity.
The American Family Association applauded Trump’s:
Courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness.
Charisma’s Bob Eschliman gushed that Trump had:
Shattered his predecessor’s grand social experiment in the US military.
The Family Research Council’s Robert Maginnis praised the “common sense” decision and took a rhetorical shot at the Obama administration for forcing the military to go down a path of “political correctness.”
Former military chaplain and former Colorado officeholder Gordon Klingenschmitt said “thank God” for the ban on transgender people serving in the military but complained in an email about 24 Republican House members who joined all House Democrats last week to defeat an amendment that would have banned the use of taxpayer funds on medical treatments associated with gender transition.
Anti-gay extremist Theodore Shoebat, above, found in Trump’s announcement yet another opportunity to express his belief that gay people should be exterminated:
While this is great news, what really needs to be done is the death penalty for sodomites.
The next demand? Right-wing pundit Matt Barber is clear:
Prohibit all open sexual deviancy in the ranks of the armed forces. The military is no place for extremist San Francisco-style socio-political activism. Such social engineering destroys national security, troop morale and unit cohesion. It also violates natural law, settled science, and God’s moral law. President Trump did the right thing today by prohibiting those suffering from the gender dysphoria mental disorder.
But, as Mass Appeal points out, many Republicans, even “America’s hero” John McCain, have come out saying that this policy is absurd. McCain wrote on Facebook:
The statement was unclear. The Department of Defense has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military, and many are serving honorably today. Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military – regardless of their gender identity.
We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so – and should be treated as the patriots they are.
Mass Appeal’s Joshua Scott Albert concluded:
As always, fuck Donald Trump. He’s a bigot. Anyone who wants go and die for this ass-backwards country should be able to do that.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn