Our soldiers are fighting in conditions where there are just enough of them to keep from being annihilated (so far,) but not nearly enough of them to actually influence the outcome of things. They’re doing this fighting underequipped, they’re having to do rotation after rotation into combat zones, and if they get injured or succumb to the pressure from constantly being in hostile territory, they face inadequate or non-existent care for their problems at home.
A reasonable person would say that the most pressing problems for our soldiers would probably be to, at the very least, make sure that they are properly equipped on the battlefield and properly cared for if they need it as a result of their service. Jesusistanis, by contrast, don’t seem to think that equipping and caring for the soldiers are where we need to focus our time and money. No, the Jesusistan wingtards are more worried whether or not a soldier might see a Playboy Magazine for sale on a US military installation. According to the Jesusistanis, Hugh Hefner is the biggest threat to the health and well-being of our soldiers.
I swear about a hundred times a month that they’ve finally done it, and gotten so stupid that they can’t take me by surprise anymore. And about a hundred times a month, they show me just how wrong I was yet again. Can you imagine how much BETTER this society without the Jesusistan wingtard zealots?
“Pro-family” organizations and members of Congress are continuing the push to limit the range of reading materials available to members of the military.
House Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10), with 15 co-sponsors and the support of organizations such as the Alliance Defense Fund and the American Family Association, recently introduced a bill that would strengthen the ban on sales of adult-themed publications on U.S. military installations.
While the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997 bans the sale of “sexually explicit material” on property under Department of Defense jurisdiction, the Pentagon doesn’t consider certain items explicit enough to take off of base store shelves; a certain percentage of a film or magazine’s content would have to be considered “sexually explicit” for sale or rental to be barred.
Rep. Broun has introduced H.R. 5821, also known as the Military Honor and Decency Act, which would close what he calls a loophole that allows the continued distribution of pornography to soldiers, to their moral detriment, with the help of taxpayer funds.
“As a Marine, I am deeply concerned for the welfare of our troops and their mission,” Broun said on April 17. “Allowing the sale of pornography on military bases has harmed military men and women by: escalating the number of violent, sexual crimes; feeding a base addiction; eroding the family as the primary building block of society; and denigrating the moral standing of our troops both here and abroad. Our troops should not see their honor sullied so that the moguls behind magazines like Playboy and Penthouse can profit. The ‘Military Honor and Decency Act’ will right a bureaucratic–and moral–wrong.”
“We’re asking these people to risk their lives to defend our Constitution’s principles,” said law school professor and ACLU head Nadine Strossen to USA Today last November, “and they’re being denied their own First Amendment rights to choose what they read.”
“Let me get this straight,” The Carpetbagger Report’s Steve Benen added. “U.S. troops are fighting two wars, neither of which are going well, and the American Family Association’s biggest concern is what kind of magazines the troops can purchase on base?
“Here’s a radical idea: maybe those who wear the uniform and put their lives on the line for their country should be able to read whatever they want.”