See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, June 04, 2010

It's gonna happen.


I think we have figure out how to deal with it.
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Bad stuff is going to keep happening, and the thing I think we as Catholics have to do is learn how to deal with it - just like Catholics behind the Iron Curtain had to do when their countries and liberties were absorbed into the USSR.  That doesn't mean Catholics should go down without a fight, but being prepared for the inevitable seems to me to be a prudent move. 
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Obama is pushing for a repeal of don't ask, don't tell - Congress got on board, and chances are the Senate will be too.   Obama perhaps has found the gay agenda is something he at last can handle - thus he is advocating for same-sex marriage as well, in fact, he just ordered federal employees in same-sex partnerships are eligible for benefits.  The country is going down this path - like it or not.  Young people have been indoctrinated by public education (in many cases, private as well) already.  So we are almost there folks. Rather than attempt to speculate and predict all the bad things that could or could not happen as a result of these changes - I think we Catholics have to learn how to adjust to an anti-Christian culture.  We have to learn how to live faithfully and witness to truth and make the faith attractive to non-believers.  (Again, that is not to say we do not object, or get involved politically, as Military Archbishop Broglio demonstrated so well.)
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Military Bloggers and Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
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I found the following report rather interesting, since most civilians just assume military personnel would uniformly object to the repeal of DADT.  Obviously many don't.
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While pundits are split as to whether the Obama administration is pursuing the right path towards an effective implementation the new policy, most agree that the time to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell was at hand. To some extent, the move towards repeal was predicted -- and blessed - by a handful of highly influential military bloggers who, on May 12th, released a statement calling for the Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal. The letter includes the signatures of bloggers from the U.S. Naval Institute Blog, Black Five, The Military Observer, and the Warrior Legacy Foundation, and declared that, with repeal, "very little will actually change."

"If we're going to have women on submarines and gays in the military, then we should have the gay dudes on subs with the women so nobody gets pregnant." - Andrew Lubin [of Military Observer]

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The significance of milboggers' joint statement has been somewhat under appreciated. The military blogosphere is highly engaged with the armed services and has actively commented on military affairs for years, covering topics ranging from the Fort Hood shootings to the Hurt Locker. I spoke to Jim Hanson, who blogs under the handle "Uncle Jimbo" at Black Five. Hanson recently appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the joint statement by milboggers and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Even they see some problems however.
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While many of us believe that it's about time, I think there's been kind of mixed feelings as to why it had to happen now. The reason we wrote the letter we did was not to force a repeal, but to encourage Congress to take a look at how the law could be practically implemented. The military had been asking for a plan for the implementation of repeal for some time, looking to determine how the Don't Ask, Don't Tell could be efficiently and effectively incorporated into existing operations. This was supposed to precede an actual call for repeal.

There was a point of time when it was a reasonable adaptation to cultural norms.
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...[O]bviously, there are going to be major issues in implementing the repeal. Do gay dudes room with straight dudes? Do gay couples get on-base housing? There are tons of complex issues to overcome, but as long as we stop freaking out about it, it will make the process significantly easier. There will of course be people who are extremely displeased, and this is why we wanted Congress to wait and let military leaders figure out how it's implemented. As long as the policy is implemented as the service chiefs on the ground see fit, it should be no problem. While its fine to bless repeal at the presidential level or the congressional level, it's different on the ground level. There are military has regulations that have to be followed...seriously! If you don't follow military regs, you can go to jail. And Congress needs to listen to the military on the actual implementation process to make sure that it meets those pre-existing regulations. Follow the advice from the chief and let them do it and it will be OK. - The Atlantic

Get irritated, annoyed, angry, furious all you want.  It looks like it's going to happen. 
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Personally I think Congress, the Senate, and the President need to focus on increasing benefits for all military personnel, and most especially increasing health benefits and compensation for veterans who lost health, limbs, and in some cases their sanity fighting our wars.

6 comments:

  1. Wow!
    Your comments about learning to live in an anti-Catholic culture are right on, Terry.
    The recusants in Henry VIII and Elizabeth I's England and the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne during the French Revolution come to mind.

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  2. Maria7:46 PM

    Anti-Catholic culture? No, pagan culture. And gay marriage will follow on the heels of repealing dont ask dont tell. The argument? They die for their country and cannot marry. Terry--You are right. The questions is how to make the case for Catholicism in this pagan world...

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  3. I think the Federal law for benefits for domestic partnership has been along time coming....many private companies (including my own) provide benefits for "domestic partnerships." That not only includes gay partners, but straight folks in "common law" marriages, unmarried couples, or caring for a disabled sibling or elderly parent (claiming them as a dependent.) One of my coworkers has a "domestic partnership" with her brother as he is in medical school working on a surgical residency...because of the "partnership" he now has medical, dental, vison and accident insurance and can focus onschool rather than wondering how he would pay bills.

    I agree with the "freak out" factor--don't freak out that all of a sudden the military will be indundated with hundreds of thousands of homosexual soldiers and their partners, or that a gazillion chicks will be clamoring to get on a sub.. the numbers will be small, and you deal with it rationally. We have the greatest military in the world, and our soldiers deserve to be treated like the bright enlightened folks they are of 2010, not 1950...

    And as much as it will pain others to hear--we are the UNITED States of America, not the Catholic States of America.. The USA is extremely diverse, which is what has made us great. We should focus on being the best example of good moderate mainstream Catholic, actually DO what we believe, and truely LOVE our neighbor as ourselves. Conduct yourself so that someone walking down the street thinks, " Ya know..I want some of what she has.." I believe that God will take care of the rest.

    Sara

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  4. Sara: right on.

    I'm not freaking out over the repeal of DADT. I've always thought it an illegitimate law in the first place. What's this worrying about "thousands" of homosexuals who are going to run to the military? No they're not. Selfish people by nature generally aren't interested in sacrifice, especially when it comes down to life & limb. There already are thousands of homosexuals in the military. The question is: do they have to lie about it? Lying about it places a huge amount of stress on the individual.
    I'm not saying you have to condone same-sex behavior, but the person of course must be loved as they are and encouraged to live up to being the persons they truly are, i.e., children of God, and all that implies.

    Personally I think the repeal of DADT makes the military fertile ground for the Courage Apostolate.
    If there's no hiding about being SSA, you can successfully form chaste military friendships out in the open.

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  5. Maria: I don't want to sound picky here; I'm just making a distinction...pagans did HAVE morals...maybe not Christian morals; but morals (in the ancient sense of "pagan"); anti-Christian, anti-Catholic culture is an anti-culture, a rejection of the Judeao-Christian West that held permanent marriage between a man and a woman as normative, homosexual relationships as antithetical to the teachings of the Old and New Testaments, and all the other things that flow from that.
    This "new paganism", if you will, is a frightening kind of "anti-God", "anti-culture" based in relativism, which ancient pagans did NOT accept; thus, they would never have persecuted Christians if they were true relativists; but this new "paganism" is a brand of nihilism and self-ism (am I "ism-ing" you into a trance here?:<)!)...which is nothing other than the unraveling of society as we know it. There is nothing "equal" in this relativism; in fact, Pope Benedict XVI calls this the "dictatorship of relativism" which shows its true face as an absolute rejection of what was once understood as "universal absolute norms of moral teaching".
    We can debate about what is "just", "equitable", etc. with all kinds of nuances; but the center of it is rejection of the meaning of what it means to be a human, what marriage is truly meant to be, and what it means to live in society.
    And that's frightening to me.

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  6. Amen, Padre...

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