Christian Air Force Officer Vows to Violate Military Regulations if DADT is Repealed
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Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 03:12:19 PM EST
Saying that his "commitment to [his] God supersedes [his] commitment to the DOD," Air Force Lt. Col. Stacy L. Maxey has publicly vowed to violate military regulations and his oath to the U.S. Constitution if DADT is repealed. In a letter published by Stars and Stripes, Lt. Col. Maxey claims that it would be hypocritical that he would "be free to express myself if I'm a homosexual, but not if I'm a Christian."

Here's Lt. Col. Maxey's letter:

Won't choose to 'deal with it'

STARS AND STRIPES
Letters to the Editor, December 15, 2010

So let me see if I understand this: The Defense Department is proposing to let people who choose to live a homosexual lifestyle serve "openly" in the armed forces (per the Dec. 2 article "DADT study group: Full integration is best"), but won't allow Christians such as myself the freedom to "openly" share the good news of Christ with our co-workers -- as the faith we've chosen requires?

DOD officials plan to tell servicemembers who have a problem with those living a homosexual lifestyle to "learn to deal with it," but they are prepared to counsel and/or slap Christians with paperwork if someone feels "offended" by our witness? Wearing sexual lifestyle choices on your sleeve is OK, but not your faith?

Military chaplains who teach that homosexuality is antithetical to and incompatible with Christianity (which it is) can either muzzle their objections or "leave," but gays will be permitted to parade their lifestyle choices in front of all?

Bottom line: So I'm free to express myself if I'm a homosexual, but not if I'm a Christian? What disgraceful hypocrisy.

Here's the truth: I will continue to witness to who I want, when I want and where I want. My commitment to my God supersedes my commitment to the DOD and, if officials are upset about that, then I guess they can "learn to deal with it."

Department of Defense? More like the Department of Double Standards.

Lt. Col. Stacy L. Maxey
Afghanistan


(Looks like Lt. Col. Maxey's intent to violate his military oath isn't being met with much support from the readers of Stars and Stripes. You can read the comments here.)

Cases of military officers blatantly violating military regulations for their God are, of course, nothing new to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). We hear about them on a daily basis.

Upon being emailed Lt. Col. Maxey's Stars and Stripes letter this morning, MRFF founder and president Mikey Weinstein issued the following statement: "Lt. Col. Stacy L. Maxey is the quintessentially perfect example of a poisonous Poster Child of the vast legion of fundamentalist Christian proselytizing-oppressors operating with unfettered access in today's U.S. armed forces. He and his illegitimate ilk of pernicious spiritual predators must be stopped now and very publicly! Thus, MRFF demands that the United States Air Force immediately and forthwith subject Lt. Col. Maxey to the most severe punishment possible for his disgustingly brazen and incontrovertibly insubordinate screed which is clearly violative of the Uniform Code of Military Justice as well as his sworn oath to the United States Constitution."

Meet Lt. Col. Stacy "Mad Max" Maxey, taking a break from doing all that "witnessing" to cheer on his favorite football team:


With hundreds of gay and lesbian service members among its over 20,000 clients, MRFF has been receiving a steady stream of emails and phone calls lately regarding DADT, the most recent deluge coming in yesterday in the wake of the outrageous statement made by repeal opponent Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, who asserted that openly gay Marines would somehow cause a "distraction" that could cost the lives of their fellow Marines.

While not publicly citing his religious beliefs as a factor in his opposition of DADT repeal, Gen. Amos, a born again Christian, is no stranger to violating military regulations to promote his religion. In 2009, Amos appeared in uniform at Shirley Dobson's National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill, in clear violation of a number of Department of Defense regulations, including the strict prohibition on the endorsement of a non-federal entity while in uniform. (For a detailed list of all the military regulations violated by appearing in uniform at such an event, see my post about this year's National Day of Prayer violations).

Gen. James Amos speaking at 2009 National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill:

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"Saying that his "commitment to [his] God supersedes [his] commitment to the DOD..." ", that is. Oh yeah, I remember now. It was that B1 Bomber pilot, Summer 2007, at Stone Mt.

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/10/26/10114/874

by Bruce Wilson on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 05:00:16 PM EST

...if that commitment to God also supersedes the US Constitution and the oath that he swore to protect and defend it.
What these people preach is sedition and in some parts of the country would be considered treason.

by Frank Frey on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 10:10:45 PM EST
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What does being gay have to do with someone beating others over the head with their bible trying to convert? Are the gay soldiers trying to "convert" Stacy to be gay? Of course not. Is anyone saying that Stacy can't be openly Christian in the military. No again. So we've got apples and oranges here. I try my best to tolerate religion, especially with those I am close to, but it gets so hard. I should tolerate hate and someone screaming that I am going to hell? It's a one way street to them. My nephew just entered the Navy and wonder what he is going to be like during the holidays when I see him for the first time in 6 months.

by avant1963 on Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 12:39:34 PM EST

he wouldn't be in the military at all. First of all, swearing any oath is out. (Matthew 5:33-37) Then there is the whole thing about loving your enemies, doing good to those who hate you, etc. Jesus was quite clear about that. But what Jesus said about homosexuality is ... exactly zero. People like Gen. Amos are what give Christianity a bad name among rational folks. His whole diatribe reeks of hypocrisy, and Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrites! (See Matthew 25; I'm not going to quote the whole rant here.)

by MLouise on Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 02:09:48 PM EST

My commitment to my God supersedes my commitment to the DOD...

His professional commitment is to his nation, it's people and the Constitution.  If he wants to sever that tie for what he feels is a more compelling commitment and rejoin the civilian world, fine. he will then have far more space to wear his martyrdom and perform his evangelical mission.  

And I'm sure that the newly opened slots will allow for qualified, patriotic and enthusiastic gays and lesbians to commit to our nation, it's people and the Constitution.  I'm also sure that many religious and Christian personnel will remain and honorably serve.

Life is choices. Hopefully, Col. Maxey chooses the honorable route and moves on to new opportunities more commensurate with with faith witness.  But, if he chooses to stand and be martyred I'm sure the military will oblige.  (And not that they will react to his religious beliefs but to his insubordination.)

I'm enormously amazed that DADT may be appealed and that my fellow beings will not be stopped by their government from enjoying the full measure of their liberty, happiness and citizenship.

by jimmiraybob on Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 10:20:07 PM EST


"learn(s) to deal with it" by giving this man a choice to comply with the repeal of DADT or face dishonorable dismissal from the military. We don't have time to deal with this Christian dominionist nonsense. As far as I'm concerned, any soldier or officer who complains about working, showering, or sharing quarters with a gay or lesbian fellow soldier, is a coward.

by monarchmom on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:35:04 AM EST

Well, homosexuals are just homosexuals, basically, ordinary people. But fundamentalist Christians are batshit crackpots.

by jimmyaj on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 01:18:39 AM EST

frankly, Maxey's argument rests on, among other things, the unspoken premise that 'homosexuals can't be Christian'. wrong. it doesn't scan. Jesus never said anything against homosexuality itself. the laws against homosexuality were laid down in Leviticus, among a group of people trying to survive in an unknown desert environment. homosexuality then would have been contrasurvival, which it most definitely is not now. i'd suspect a great many homosexuals in this country ARE Christians. . .they're just not the 'Christans' Maxey approves of. it'd figure that it'd be an Air Force officer to make this 'threat' against his government and violate his oath to the Constitution. the Air Force Academy has been rife with fundamentalists for ten years now, trying to force other Christian cadets to 'convert', and reaching into the Pentagon itself. they're a danger to the continued existence of the Republic, let alone homosexuals.

by okami on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 03:03:15 AM EST


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