Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gays in George Washington’s military?

Americans for Truth provided an interesting insight into the congressional hearings about homosexuals in the military. Some of our congresspeople are trying “to read 21st-century political correctness back into American history.”

One congressman even quoted George Washington out of context in an effort to show that Washington would have approved of gays in the military. The article points out, however, that two men in Washington's army were tried and convicted for homosexual conduct and were “to be dismiss’d the service with infamy.”

According to a contemporary account, Washington “approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return . . .”

The article concludes saying, “If members of Congress and homosexual activists want to argue for repeal of the existing law in order to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military, let them make their case. But it is sheer nonsense to claim that such an action would be anything but a radical deviation from the unbroken practice of the American military throughout our country’s history.”

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