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Eagle Forum opposes the Military Readiness Enhancement Act

(WASHINGTON) Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by its current President, Phyllis Schlafly, strongly urged members of Congress yesterday, as well as other Americans who support the U.S. military, to defend current law which holds that homosexuals are ineligible to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

In addition to opposing the repeal of the military’s ban on homosexuality, Eagle Forum also opposes many issues which they feel encroach individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise. Among such issues, Eagle Forum’s website lists the opposition of radical feminist goals like federally financed and regulated daycare, tax-funded abortions, same sex-marriage and the stereotyping of men as a constant danger to women, while at the same time pushing women into military combat against foreign enemies.

Eagle Forum also opposes American students being exposed to global education and political correctness, so it comes as no surprise that Schlafly has come out strongly against President Obama’s remarks during his first State of the Union Address.

"President Obama made the same faulty argument in favor of gays in the military that the homosexual activists make for gay marriage. He claimed that it is a civil rights issue," said Schlafly. "He is mistaken. There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces.”

Schlafly went on to cite a report issued last year by Mission Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids , which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization consisting of retired Generals, Admirals and Civilian Military leaders.

The report states that 75% of American’s 17- to 24-year-olds are not eligible for military service, largely for three reasons: inadequate education (1 in 4 young Americans lack high school diploma), criminal records and physically unfitness (27% are too overweight).

Schlafly incorrectly states the report was issued by the U.S. Army and instead of focusing on the gravity of the issues, cites the report to support her claim that no discrimination exists in the U.S. Military.

“…are the civil rights of the old, the uneducated, and the obese being violated? Of course not!” said Schlafly. “Obama also promised to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' over a year ago during his presidential campaign, and that, too, was misleading because it implied that DADT was current law."
The current law, known as "The Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993," was passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. This law is commonly confused with Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which is as Schlafly sees it, no more than a Pentagon regulation instituted via Executive Order.

On behalf of Eagle Forum, Schlafly states the legislation currently pending known as “The Military Readiness Enhancement Act” is an "LGBT law" for the military that would impose the gay agenda upon our military men and women with language that would recognize "homosexuality or bisexuality, whether the orientation is real or perceived."

Schlafly recognizes that bill has a “whopping” 187 cosponsors, but applauds the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), for publicly stating he supports current law.

"The primary purpose of the armed forces is to prevail in combat, not to engage in leftist social engineering," concluded Schlafly. "The left will not be satisfied until they have exacted their sexual agenda not only on Americans in civilian life through gay marriage, hate crimes legislation, and biased employer mandates, but on Americans in military life as well. We simply cannot allow the 1993 law to be repealed."