PFLAG to Bush: No medal for Peter Pace: The Swamp
 
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Posted June 13, 2008 3:12 PM
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by Aamer Madhani

The gay rights advocacy group PFLAG is blasting President Bush's for his decision to award the highest civilian award to Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who once said that he thought homosexual acts are "immoral."

Pace later apologized for injecting his personal opinion in his defense of the U.S. military's "don't ask don't tell" policy. PFLAG is calling on Americans to write the president to protest his decision to award Pace the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"Honoring General Pace for using his personal prejudice to meddle with military matters is just plain wrong," PFLAG wrote on its blog. "There should be no medal for bigotry and intolerance."

In its announcement, the White House called Pace "one of our nation's most accomplished and respected military officers."

Pace sparked controversy in March 2007, when he said in an interview with Chicago Tribune reporters and editors that he supported the "don't ask, don't tell" policy because homosexual acts are immoral and akin to a member of the armed forces conducting an adulterous affair with the spouse of another service member.

Under the policy, gays and lesbians may serve only if they keep their sexual orientation private and do not engage in homosexual acts. Their commanders may not ask about their orientation.

"As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior," Pace said in the Tribune interview.

Pace, who played a central part in planning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, eventually was forced out his post as the chief military advisor to the president at the end of his first term as the chairman of the Joint Staff.

At the time, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the decision not to appoint him to a second term wasn't a reflection on Pace's performanc. Gates said that he knew Pace would face bruising questioning by the Senate Armed Services Committee for his role in the early mismanagement of the war in Iraq if the President nominated him to serve again.

Pace will be the fourth key figure in the Iraq war to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bush previously honored George Tenet, the former CIA director; retired Gen. Tommy Franks, the head of U.S. Central Command at the start of the Iraq war; and Paul Bremer, who headed the U.S. provisional authority in Iraq.

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Bush buys more loyalty. What a goof. What a buffoon. What an embarasment. What a Dubya.


This ought to make Mary Cheney proud to be a Republican.


I have to agree. THis election has made me sick at times. The blatant sexism against Hillary, the ageism against McCain, and neither McCain or Obama supporting gay marriage. Whoe cares if they want to marry? Obama refusing to be photographed with the SF mayor who allowed gays to be married is really awful in my opinion. For some reason only discrimination against minorities is frowned upon, anyone else seems to be fair game.


In this case, who cares what the minority feels about General Pace. The General expressed his feelings, which is his right. President Bush is honoring this man for his life long service to this country. I doubt that the minority could even come close to the achievements and sacrific that this man has done.


I doubt that the minority could even come close to the achievements and sacrific that this man has done.

Posted by: Darkwater | June 13, 2008 5:14 PM


Well, that would be based on your ignorance. You really should learn not to denigrate your fellow americans based and stereotypes,as should General Pace.


Oh, I'm sorry liberal lobbyist advocacy group, you seem to have mistaken the president for someone who cares what you say or do. Glad we cleared that up.


It is a very sad time, for the United States of America, when a person cannot express his or her moral viewpoints without being condemned. Times and ideas may change, but God and right and wrong doesn't change. Why is it fine for PFLAG and others to express their views, but people with opposing views are deemed homophobic? Very, very sad.


It is a very sad time, for the United States of America, when a person cannot express his or her moral viewpoints without being condemned. Times and ideas may change, but God and right and wrong doesn't change. Why is it fine for PFLAG and others to express their views, but people with opposing views are deemed homophobic? Very, very sad.


Have we who proclaim what every american OUGHT TO have engraved into their far too often misguided self's own equally misguided notion of what true americans ought to each and every single one equally be found proclaiming to the world around, that of the truest of all american values taught us all from the very earliest days of our lives too out here, that being that of forgiveness for errors we've all found ourselves making too in our daily lives?

Anyway, here's the issue as I see it in any event here too all you all who are equally so found making those hastily made comments, such as had obviously gotten made so long ago by one equally found misguided Peter Parker or whomever he is out here too that is, trust is equally as such a most equally found kind of proclaimed value that even us as fags equally are found all making especially so most often to our partners in life too here, why not bring a larger barrier to include instead of excluding others who, even if rather ignorant of our ways, still we ought to be found trying to only include them rather than to be found exluding them instead as well out here, right folks? Anyway, my dearest of friends out here who are found equally making those same types of comments that counter the str8 lifestyle here oftentimes too, why not try to bring harmony rather than to be found bringing disharmony to the whole larger community of faithful believers such as perhaps is this (even if rather much just the more commonly found type of an AH as he is most obviously found there now too to be found included in our more loving kind of a real community as is precisely as what I see our world we have built from nearly ground up to be found within our boundaries of the world's own too here, why not include rather than just trying to be so exclusively right all the time too here, eh, friends too?


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