Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Smart Bombs & Dumb Policies, Both are Destructive

Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

The headline in today's New York Times was "Sexual Assaults in Military Raise Alarm in Capital." The Washington Post had the same lead story which cited this alarming fact: "The estimated number of military personnel victimized by sexual assault and related crimes has surged by about 35 percent over the past two years." At a press conference on Tuesday President Obama said he had no "tolerance" for this behavior and has ordered the Secretary of Defense to prevent these sex crimes and send a message to victims of sexual assault that "I've got their backs." What could have possibly brought about such a surge in sexual assaults? Could the radical social policies pushed by the Obama Administration onto the military be a factor? The Post and the Times failed to mention that two years ago was when the 1993 law against open homosexuality in the military was repealed.

The reports on the 35% increase are based on survey data that included a 33% increase in men reporting "unwanted sexual contact" (almost all of which comes from other men). FRC was mocked in 2010 for noting that same-sex assaults the year before were roughly three times higher than the rate of homosexuality in the general population--and for predicting that those rates would rise if the 1993 law were repealed. The Pentagon's report released yesterday said that male victims were now 12% of all victims making "unrestricted" reports, and 13% of those making "restricted" (confidential) reports--both higher than in FY 2009.

Of course, since the vast majority of people are heterosexual, so are most sexual assaults--like that allegedly committed over the weekend by Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski. This was a particular embarrassment to the Pentagon, since Krusinski was in charge of sexual assault prevention for the Air Force! It is ironic that the Air Force, which is plagued with sexual assault problems, has been preoccupied with suppressing religious expression. They would do well to dust off the advice of the first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington, who warned those who want morality without a moral code. Washington wrote in his farewell address to the nation, "...let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion."