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Coral Ridge Ministries Urges Congress Not to Repeal the 1993 Law Regarding Homosexuality and the Armed Forces

by Staff
May 25, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., ( -- Coral Ridge Ministries has sent a letter urging leaders in Congress to keep the 1993 law barring homosexuals from military service. Action to repeal the law, the letter states, "represents a direct assault on the military's good order, discipline, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and morale."

The letter addressed to Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner, and signed by Coral Ridge Ministries Executive Vice President Hector Padron, outlines the acute cost imposed on the military and the nation by repeal. It would lead, the letter states, to mandatory "sensitivity" training, violations of sexual privacy and modesty, an exodus of chaplains, and the departure of up to 25 percent of the armed forces according to a recent survey. It would also "turn the armed forces into a social wrecking ball against traditional morality across America."

The letter also clarifies that this is not a "civil rights" issue nor is it analogous to racial desegregation.

"The 'civil rights' argument does not apply. Racial segregation was wrong. But the separation of men and women in situations involving sexual privacy is rational and customary in civilian life as well as in the military. It's right to ensure that service personnel are similarly not being forced to co-habit with homosexual personnel."

The letter pledges that Coral Ridge Ministries will educate its constituents "as to the grave nature of this threat to the military and urge them to keep a close watch on what their elected representatives do."

Separately, Robert Knight, Senior Writer and Washington, D.C., Correspondent for Coral Ridge Ministries, stated that "Repeal of the 1993 law would be bad not only for the men and women in our armed forces, but would be a major step toward transforming traditional morality into a form of bigotry actionable under the law." Knight, a leading family policy expert, added, "The end game is to recast normal notions of sexuality into something akin to racism, and bring government power to bear against people who believe in biblical morality."

Coral Ridge Ministries is a Christian media outreach founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. Its programming reaches a national television, radio, and Internet audience at

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