Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Elaine Donnelly warns of the dangers of allowing 'transgendered' people to serve in the military

Donnelly circa 2010
Does anyone still listen to Elaine Donnelly? If so, why?

The world headquarters of Elaine Donnelly's Center for Military Readiness occupies about three square feet of space on Ms. Donnelly's kitchen table in Livonia, MI. Founded in 1993 by Donnelly and Phyllis Schlafly. CMR is perhaps best known for its efforts to keep gays from serving openly in the military.

In July, 2008 I stared in disbelief at CSPAN as Donnelly testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee on gays in the military. According to Donnelly, allowing gays to serve openly would lead to contamination of the blood supply, the rampant spread of HIV in the military and marauding hordes of sex-crazed lesbians. Donnelly claimed that retention and recruitment would be severely impacted and that there would be a significant increase in same-sex rape. She made several disjointed references to then Senator Larry Craig and spoke of some form of passive/aggressive behavior that, according to her, is unique to gay people. And don't even think about taking a shower while serving in the armed forces.

Seven years later Ms. Donnelly still isn't making sense. Given her track record you would think that even American Family Association would stop referring to her as a “military watchdog.” Donnelly has never served in the military in either a uniformed or civilian capacity. Donnelly is uncommonly unqualified to opine on military readiness.

According to AFA's “news” blog:
From 'medically unqualified' to a 'civil right'

A military watchdog says there's no rational reason for the Pentagon to allow so-called “transgendered” people to serve in the U.S. military.

“If you make policies based on political situations, it will degrade the culture of the military, cultural values, core values and all the rest,” observes Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness.

Donnelly and the Center have been fighting the Pentagon's allowance of open homosexuals and its push to put women into front-line combat units.

The fight over transgendered is now the latest fight.

In July, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Department of Defense intended to lift the ban on transgender troops and create a working group to study the implications over six months.
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“The decision just announced is disturbing,” says Donnelly, “because of the fact that there is no rationale for doing this.”
The rationale, Ms. Donnelly, is not to exclude people for reasons irrelevant to service when those people might have much needed skills. It is common sense.

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