“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal continues progression …down the Slippery Slope! by Hugh McNichol


mcnichol_hughCatholic mothers and fathers should be very concerned about the continued progress that is being made by President Barack Obama towards increasing immoral secularism in our American government and military forces. Over the weekend the President announced he would end the,”don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy that has been the norm for decades concerning homosexuals in the military.

The policy was initiated by former President Clinton as a non-resolution to the growing concerns of homosexuality within our military services. Clinton’s evasive policy of being mute on the subject not only ignores any option regarding the issue other than military silence gives consent. The issue of sexuality, any sexuality, homosexual or heterosexual deserves a cognitive understanding of our American traditions of Judeo-Christian observations in our society.

While the lifestyle of homosexuality is increasingly more visible in our culture, it’s proliferation in American life demands an objective viewpoint that once again focuses on the institution of marriage and family, that is firmly established in Christian and Judaic norms. The matter is so strongly debated that there have been attempts to include permission of homosexual marriages and unions into the American Constitution. Once again, any argument of Constitutional modification that permits anything other than a heterosexual union is a misinterpretation of our most fundamental norms of morality and ethics as taught in the Torah and the New Testament.

The real matter of concern that everyone should consider is the fundamental concept of chastity among all sexes in our society, and the procreative act of sex as essential for procreation and development of mutual love between male and female married couples. Seemingly, the disintegration of the family unit in our society is related to the incidents of extramarital sexual relationships contributing to the increased awareness of heterosexual and homosexual lifestyles. The Judeo tradition encapsulates the normative behavior of sexuality in the Ten Commandments, which simply codify the matter, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.” The fact that Mosaic norms ignore and don’t even mention the coveting of members of the same sex, illustrate both the importance of familial development and the presumption that sexual activity among faithful Jews was heterosexual.

The decreasing sentiments of sexual morality of our 21st century seem to more openly provide for the mutual existence of homosexual and heterosexual unions in all aspects of society. However, the topic never seems to include a discussion of homosexuality as the antithetical activity of procreation and family values. In the Christian tradition, the sexual union is directed towards the development of mutual love between the male and female couple, and the openness to the procreation of children as the tangible result of that sexual union. Sexual activity outside of the heterosexual context of these two points creates not only a corruption of the intrinsic sanctity of the procreative act, but sets an opposition in sexual norms that is diametrically opposed to the institution of marriage.

The homosexual individuals that are engaged in our American military services should not equate the ability to live a sexual lifestyle that is incompatible with their military vocation. Rather, the lifestyle is incompatible with the foundational precepts of military organization and directly incompatible with our normative Judeo-Christian traditions as lived in our society. The topic is not a military issue of homosexual rights, but rather an issue that considers our entire heritage of sexual norms that have evolved from Judeo-Christian heritages of male & female marriages.

Years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Father John Harvey, an American Priest that has devoted his entire priestly ministry to the needs of homosexuals. He maintains the actual physical attributes of “same-sex,” intercourse is intrinsically and physically impossible based upon the physical resistance that same sex bodies experience that contradict the biological human design. This notion of physical incompatibility further illustrates the progress of natural law and indeed the adage that form follows function when it comes to human reproduction and copulation. Fr. Harvey then elaborates that, the human couple of male and female are representative of the only species of mammal that copulates in a face-to-face position, namely for the purpose of the development of mutual love between the couple.
While Fr. Harvey’s concepts are oven ridiculed by advocates of homosexual activity, his points are well founded in anatomical and physical biological reality.

The policy of the incumbent President to eliminate the, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy really escalates the issue from a merely homosexual topic to a larger symptomatic misunderstanding of our society’s morality and not just the emerging permissiveness towards unregulated sexual norms and a deeper corruption of both of physical and spiritual awareness as Judeo-Christian believers.

In conjunction with the much touted Barack Obama program towards a pseudo-socialized health care plan, intrusion of government control into our free market business activities and increased government intervention into our most basic human freedoms, the ability of homosexuals to openly serve in the military marks another decline in moral and social turpitude. The next step might well include government assumption of religious organizations as Americans mover toward a new form of American Marxism and the traditions of Judeo-Christian norms fade into social antiquity.

Copyright 2010 Hugh McNichol


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  1. Patrice Schnell on

    Jesus said “Let the children come to me”…he did not say only the ones with a male and female as heads of the household. Having a male and a female married and procreating does not promise to be the basis for a loving,nurturing family home. Unfortunately too many times sexual irresponsibility has caused people to marry just because a child is “on the way” and “it’s the right thing to do”. I have watched my own son struggle with this. He was involved with someone,and as the saying goes…one thing led to another…my granddaughter Erin was the result. The parents came from different family backgrounds.My husband and I raised our three now adult sons in a practicing Catholic manner. When we were told of the circumstances my husband and I assumed a marriage was the next step. Our son,knowing that was the way we would interpret the order of events tried to “make it work”. The mother of our granddaughter came from a non-practicing Baptist background and family beliefs were entirely different. To say the least, the relationship became difficult. Our son and the mother were adults,both 25 years old, so I’m not talking about individuals without experiences.Our son spent two deployments as a Marine in Iraq and his Catholic upbringing got him through some very dangerous circumstances.He also was raised being reminded to “never do anything to embarrass yourself or your family”. My point is that he truely struggled with his decision to not marry the mother of his child. He knew that his daughter was not conceived in total love and committment, and that marriage would not “fix” the feelings that were not there. We are not here to judge one another and it’s unfortunate that we sometimes forget that we cannot fix the worlds problems. I feel that if a same sex couple have a loving and nurturing home they should not be shunned or prevent them from raising happy healthy children. It does take a village to raise children.As parents, we are the first teachers, but we should also be able to accept help and guidance from those in our community.We also should not be neglected because of our choices be them male or female.There are so many children in homes where there are not loving nurturing mothers and fathers, what is wrong with having two mothers or two fathers to love and support a child?

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