It is an odd twist that what conservative Christians once opposed (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) became something they desperately sought to hold on to. Logical, but odd. DADT was a "compromise" position originated by the Clinton administration to appease the sexual anarchists and their crusade for cultural revolution.
Those anarchists had helped get Clinton elected, and they wanted payback. Clinton knew that he wasn't going to get open homosexuality in the U.S. military through Congress, so he went for a stepping stone bill. What was most important to him was power - and that meant getting re-elected.
What was most important to the anarchists was their agenda. And now they have scored a major victory.
It is a devastating commentary on the state of the Christian mind in America that so many self-professing Christian lawmakers voted for this repeal. It is simultaneously discouraging that so many Christian citizens seemed to give their tacit, or at least disinterested, approval.
The vote was a payoff to the sexual revolutionaries whose movement has been growing and expanding since their birth in the 1960s. They have scored legislative and court victories along the way, but this one was a big one over their sworn enemies: the Judeo-Christian crowd.
Pat Buchanan writes it this way:
This is a victory in the culture war for the new morality of the social revolution of the 1960s and a defeat for traditional Judeo-Christian values. For only in secularist ideology is it an article of faith that all sexual relations are morally equal and that to declare homosexual acts immoral is bigotry.
But while this new morality may be orthodoxy among our elites in the academy, media, culture and the arts, Middle America has never signed on and still regards homosexuality as an aberrant lifestyle, both socially and spiritually ruinous. To these folks, homosexuality is associated with a high incidence of disease, HIV/AIDS, early death, cultural decadence and civilizational decline. And no sensitivity training at Camp Lejeune is going to change that.
Behind these traditionalist beliefs lie the primary sources of moral authority for traditionalist America: the Old and New Testaments, Christian doctrine, natural law. Thomas Jefferson believed homosexuality should be treated with the same severity as rape.
And 31 consecutive defeats for same-sex marriage in state referenda testifies that Middle America sees the new morality as the artificial invention of pseudo-intellectuals to put a high gloss on a low lifestyle.
Not until recent decades have many in America or the West argued that homosexuality is natural and normal. As late as 1973, the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental disorder. Today, anyone who agrees with that original APA assessment is himself or herself said to be afflicted with a mental disorder: homophobia.
The world has turned upside down. What was criminal vice in the 1950s - homosexuality and abortion - is not only constitutionally protected, but a mark of social progress.
The idealist in me says we can get this turned around. The realist in me says that history teaches a different lesson. Once you pull your fence posts from the ground, it's hard to throw them back in the soil somewhere else...and it's near impossible to get them back into the holes they came from to begin with.
This is a big loss for Christians and for the Judeo-Christian backbone of our country. Our foundations are being destroyed. It is crushing to see those who claim to be "on our side" (professing Christians like Brad Ellsworth and Joe Donnelly) actively participate in the war against what we stand for.
But as disconcerting and demoralizing as it is, we take heart that this world is not our home, and while here we must never grow weary in doing good.