Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Peter Pace
Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace said this in 2007 in response to his position on repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" discrimination law against gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces of the United States:
Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that he supports the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay people from serving in the U.S. armed forces.
When I first heard Pace's comment I was again amazed by the incredible level ignorance of yet another one of out top leaders in this country. That the top U.S. military man should be so casual about discrimination against a section of U.S. citizens just boggles my mind. I was pleased to hear that he received a lot of negative feedback about his bigotry. Yet, Pace still refused to apologize. Such is the arrogance of those who think they are superior to their fellow human beings just by the accident of their birth.
Pace went on further to say:
"My upbringing is such that I believe that there are certain things, certain types of conduct that are immoral," Pace told the Tribune. "I believe that military members who sleep with other military members' wives are immoral in their conduct."
Pace also told the paper, "I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral, and that we should not condone immoral acts.
"So the 'don't ask, don't tell' [policy] allows an individual to serve the country ... if we know about immoral acts, regardless of committed by who, then we have a responsibility.
"I do not believe that the armed forces are well served by saying through our policies that it's OK to be immoral in any way, not just with regards to homosexual acts," the Joint Chiefs chairman said.
"So from that standpoint, saying that gays should serve openly in the military to me says that we, by policy, would be condoning what I believe is immoral activity," he added.
Sen. John Warner of Virginia -- the ranking Republican on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee -- expressed his opposition to Pace's opinion.
According to Warner aide John Ullyot, the senator said, "I strongly disagree with the chairman's views that homosexuality is immoral."
Well, today former General Pace, you are the subject of my Schadenfreude Moment. Congratulations!