Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, caused a stir at a Senate hearing Wednesday when he said he believes homosexual activity is immoral* and should not be condoned by the military.
The General, then continued with contradictory ramblings praising gay members of the armed forces while calling them immoral.
"Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes," he told the Senate Appropriations Committee.
"We need to be very precise then, about what I said wearing my stars and being very conscious of it," he added. "And that is, very simply, that we should respect those who want to serve the nation but not through the law of the land, condone activity that, in my upbringing, is counter to God's law." Strange that a General chooses to invoke 'God's law' when it comes to homosexuality, but has no problem with one of the Commandments - "Thou shall not kill".
"I would be very willing and able and supportive" to changes to the policy "to continue to allow the homosexual community to contribute to the nation without condoning what I believe to be activity - whether it to be heterosexual or homosexual - that in my upbringing is not right," Pace said.
The 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits Congressional establishment of a religion thus making this country secular (regardless of what the evangelicals and Republicans think) and not bound to the laws or beliefs of any religion.
Pace, who retires next week, said he was seeking to clarify similar remarks he made in spring, which he said were misreported.
*Homosexuality is a natural occurrence in many species besides human and therefore cannot be deemed immoral. Morals are principles by which people live and require a conscience and free will, both of which animals do not possess.