GOP’s religious right: Ending DADT caused sexual assaults in military

According to the Republican party’s own personal Frankenstein monster, Americas religious right, repealing the military’s anti-gay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy has led to an increase in sexual assaults because now the military is all about sex.  And when you talk about sex, the men of the US armed forces just can’t help but rape and pillage their female counterparts.

As you know, the sexual assault of women in the military – by men – has been in the news of late, including a recent hearing in which Democrats in the Senate joined with Republicans in stacking the deck against victims of sexual assault.

I’ve said before that when you listen to Republicans and their religious right buddies, there’s a profound un-Americanness to what they say, especially as it pertains to the US military.  They really think these guys are a bunch of losers.

Here’s Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council via RightWingWatch:

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

So we’ve seen this rise of homosexual assault since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, so it is this sexualization of the military where sex becomes the focal point and it shouldn’t be. When there was Don’t Ask Don’t Tell nobody knew and that’s the way they preferred it and now it becomes front and center. I was talking with Gen. Jerry Boykin about this about how there will soon be quotas so that people who are openly gay or lesbian, that will be a factor that is considered when they’re promoted in a positive sense, ‘well we’ve got to have so many open homosexuals, so many lesbians, we’ve got to promote them.’ The ramifications of this, the unintended consequences are far and wide.

Right.

As RightWingWatch points out, every single thing these wingnuts said would happen if we let gay people serve openly, has not happened.  As for the increase in sexual assault, it’s been mostly heterosexual that we’ve heard.  And oh yeah, the notion that droves of service members who would quit if gays were permitted to serve openly?  You don’t hear much about that one either, because they don’t exist.

But to now suggest that permitting gays to serve openly has somehow convinced heterosexual men in the military to rape and otherwise sexually assault female service members, and that does seem to be what Perkins is saying, is just bizarre.

Then again, when you’re bigoted little world is crumbling all around you, you lash out at anything you can.

But what bothers me most about Perkins and his bigoted ilk is that far too many Republicans, and far too many news stations, still treat them as if they’re  a legitimate voice on social issues, rather than the hate group they’ve been officially branded.


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  • John Smith

    John is ignoring the statistics. Homosexual rape has skyrocketed in the military since the repeal of DADT. I would never join the military today and I’m an honorably discharged veteran. I would not subject myself to years of predation by older homosexuals holding higher rank than me as a young person out of boot camp. No way.

  • Butch1

    This ass doesn’t look at the statistics at all. Someone will have to call him out on it.

  • pappyvet

    Exactly, these idiots dont even squat when they crap,they just keep walking and spreading as much as possible

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    Except for the fact that rapes were happening long before AND DURING DADT. One might say because of false religious beliefs, like those spouted from the gop, has created the rape culture we are enduring now.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Ah, very revealing, So that’s where he first got plugged.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep, I bet Perkins has mufti colored socks.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    ROTFL…. channeling today!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I would retort that the first Snake was a Christian preacher.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Perkins might come up with to describe what he thinks gay guys like to do.” The Rev. Missy Perkins seems to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about gay sex.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Perkins is a cultist Medusa that can turn perfectly fecund women frigid….that’s god’s punishment.

  • Lalock

    Well, the snake probably was gay. It had a hissy lisp, and was giving Eve bitchy advice on how to deal with her man.

  • olandp

    Actually he was in the Marines, back when raping and pillaging was real-man work. Unfortunately that experience still does not qualify him as an expert on anything, including his own ass. You would think with his head so far up there and for so long he might get a clue.

  • Stev84

    Actually there are latching onto the DoD reporting slightly more sexual assaults on men than on women. They are forgetting of course that women only make up 15% of the military, so they are still attacked at a rate 6 times higher.

    And Boykin? LOL. As if anyone takes that idiot seriously.

  • AnitaMann

    What’s that saying? “It’s difficult to get a man to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.” The second, less familiar part of that quote is, “especially when the guy’s likely a closeted self-loathing fundie and would love to smoke a nice dick.”

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Most of these Christian cracked pots, if not all, never served a day of military service and have the sheer gall to even speak of military service.

  • Sally

    Just like sexual assault in society. Never do these ‘men’ call on their gender to act like human beings..rape is always someone else’s fault..the woman, the rules, the situation…why are we not teaching our boys to respect women and themselves?

  • Ninong

    I’m a little surprised that Tony Perkins is blaming the repeal of DADT for an increase in sexual assaults on women. I was expecting his first crazy claims about the repeal of DADT to be focused on any perceived increase in sexual assaults on service members who recently came out. There declaration of their willingness to engage in, you know, would be an open invitation in other gusy to

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    One thing is for certain: Tony Perkins and his pack of homophobes must be absolutely thrilled to hear that Russia is about to attempt to outlaw homosexuality altogether.

    And not just as a sexual orientation, but also as a topic for public discussion.

    On the other hand, over here, we have the “don’t say gay” crowd, and the ones who are supporting the efforts in several African countries to make homosexuality a capital crime…

    We live in interesting times.

  • kurtsteinbach

    Tony Perkins is just wrong, on so many levels….

  • kurtsteinbach

    He is nuttier than a fruitcake, or is that fruitier than a nutcake? Write him and ask him because I want to see his response….

  • Ted Hayes

    To hear the Fundies tell it, gays were responsible for the sin in the Garden of Eden.

  • bkmn

    Oh poor Ms. Perkins. She never served in the military, so she has no idea of what she missed.

    Now all she has is her twisted fantasy life to try to make her own life seem like she really experienced something….SOMETHING.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Didn’t some right winger or other trot out this argument after the revelation of Gen. Petraeus’s affair? I wish I could remember where I saw it; I thought it might have been Hullabaloo but I couldn’t find it there. Anyway, the ridiculous assertion was that Petraeus was encouraged to philander because liberals had been trying to spoil the high moral tone of the armed forces by doing such things as forcing them to accept homosexual soldiers.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    Wow, these gop pigs are getting dumber by the second.

  • silas1898

    Seriously. The Tailhook “incident” (aka debauched rapefest) was in 1991, before DADT was even thought about.

  • nicho

    As Leslie Jordan says, the difference between north and south is that northeners hide their crazy relatives in an upstairs room, while southerners put them out on the porch so everyone can enjoy them.

  • Naja pallida

    This is entirely bullshit, not that I expect any less from Perkins. The rape problem in the military was going on well before DADT repeal. He trivializes all women in the military by making it sound like this is a sudden problem that just happened. It’s been going on for years. A report from 2007 showed that at least 15% of women who served were being sexually assaulted. The military brass did everything they could to sweep it under the rug then, and they’re trying to do the same thing now.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The main reasons for the skyrocketing numbers of assaults — and in fact, every other kind of discipline and criminal behavior problems in the ranks:
    1. More than a decade of continuous war.
    2. Dramatically lowered background standards for recruits and an unwillingness to expel the bad apples.
    3. A breakdown in adherence to regulations and the law because lawless behavior on the part of our servicemen and women has been actively encouraged by the chain-of-command.

    An example of this last is how, when you tell a soldier that it’s perfectly fine to rough up civilians, steal from them, destroy their property, their lawless behavior won’t be limited just to those civilians, but touch upon every aspect of their service — including how they behave around the people they work with.

    Perkins, as ever, is not only pig-ignorant about sexual orientation, it’s clear he also doesn’t understand the origins and psychological motivations for rape and sexual assaults either.

  • FLL

    Seems like kind of upside logic. I’m sure there was also a lot of harassment of female soldiers by straight servicemen in the period of 1980-2010; I think there is just more reporting of it today. As far as the effect of gay men serving openly… um… I could suggest that, if anything, the end of DADT might lessen the harassment of female soldiers, but my fellow commenters would probably call me a smartass.

  • UncleBucky

    Oh, those vengeful straight men…

  • jenjen64

    Maybe I need to write him a letter describing to him how, when I was in the Navy and stationed in Orlando, we had to pull security roving duty around the barracks because of the high number of sexual assaults back in 1984/85 and any time we went anywhere on base we had to use the buddy system.
    Unfortunately sexual assault in the military has been around for a very long time. :(

  • benb

    Boykin is Executive VP at the FRC

  • keirmeister

    I always enjoy seeing Tony Perkins bearing false witness….

  • DrDignity

    Poor Tony’s pronouncements basically now fall on deaf ears but he still depends on shock talk like Pat Roberston does to make the news. The kookier the better. I suppose that beats the alternative: ignoring these crazy aunties knocking about in the attic.

  • S1AMER

    Tony Perkins proves there is no god, ’cause if there were a god, She would smote him down.

  • Indigo

    Seriously? I’m no authority on heterosexual thinking but that’s just plain nuts.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    LOL! What they’re saying doesn’t even make sense, in any logical way. They’re just a bunch of Phelpses, finding any pretext to complain about the gays.

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