Sex IS an issue

I didn’t watch the Republican debate tonight on Fox News, but I just read up on some of the things being said. I found Rick Santorum’s response to a question about the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell a bit… troubling. After showing a YouTube video of a soldier in Iraq who has had to hide his homosexual identity while serving in the military, Santorum said this

SANTORUM: I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. The fact they are making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to, and removing don’t ask don’t tell. I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military’s job is to do one thing: to defend our country…

KELLY: What would you do with soldiers like Steven Hill?

SANTORUM: What we are doing is playing social experimentation with our military right now. That’s tragic. I would just say that going forward we would reinstitute that policy if Rick Santorum was president. That policy would be re-instituted as far as people in, I would not throw them out because that would be unfair to them because of the policy of this administration. But we would move forward in conformity with what was happening in the past. Which was- sex is not an issue. It should not be an issue. Leave it alone. Keep it to yourself whether you are heterosexual or homosexual.

Sex is not an issue… really? How long have you been a human? As long as you’re a human being, sex IS an issue. There is no way to avoid this reality. Our physical, sexual, sensual nature is part of our God-created identity. Santorum’s approach is to tell soldiers to basically ignore this part of themselves, as if our physical/bodily identity has no bearing on our lives. This approach leads to fragmented people who cannot develop into God-given potential within them. I think your personal stance on whether homosexuality is a learned/social phenomenon or one that is somehow built into a person’s DNA is irrelevant in this case. I am not making a case for either of these sides. I’m saying that telling people to ignore parts of themselves is nearly the same as telling them to jump off a bridge. You are expressing about the same level of compassion. I am reminded of Jesus’ word in John 10:10 that say, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” Abundant life will never result from a policy that forces people to deny core parts of their identities.


Not that Santorum has any chance of winning the nomination anyways…


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