"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague." -Cicero
Homosexual flag flying over army base in Afghanistan
I confess right now, this infuriates me. Make that, INFURIATES me. The flag of the United States of America is RED, WHITE, and BLUE and Old Glory stands for the HONOR of the United States of America...and those who died to protect it. For members of the armed services DURING WAR TIME IN AFGHANISTAN to denigrate the flag in this manner is simply atrocious. We expect the enemies of the flag to burn it.....we don't expect however our nation's military to surrender it like this. But this cannot stand. A nation divided against itself cannot stand. I do not find this funny or acceptable and serious repercussions need to happen. -W.E.
The military said they are investigating a photograph that shows a soldier allegedly raising a gay pride flag at a base in Afghanistan. The image has drawn praise from gay rights advocates and fierce criticism from opponents.
“We are aware of the photo of the gay pride flag being flown by U.S. service members and we are investigating,” a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force told Fox News.
At this point, the ISAF cannot confirm where the flag was raised, the identity of the soldier, or the authenticity of the photograph.
A woman who identified herself as Nicole Jodice posted the images – along with a message praising her husband for raising the rainbow colored flag.
“Hubbie in Afghanistan raising a gay pride flag,” she wrote with a link back to her home page that contained additional images.
The images have outraged social conservatives like Tony Perkins, a veteran and president of the Family Research Council.
“There, in the dusty desert of war, an Army outpost saluted the colors of the homosexual lobby by flying a rainbow flag in place of Old Glory,” Perkins said. “These displays are an uncomfortable reminder of the open policy that few of the troops support.”
“It appears this flag is just one way the President is taking his hostility toward religious freedom to new heights,” Perkins said.
Perkins was especially upset because last November soldiers at Camp Marmal were ordered to tear down a Christian cross that marked the entrance to a base chapel. The military defended the removal because it was a “distinctly religious symbol.”
He also raised concerns about whether the raising of the flag posed a danger to soldiers in the aftermath of the Koran burning.
“Where is the concern now for angering Afghan Muslims who vehemently oppose homosexuality?” he aside. “The issue is as much an issue of military security as it is of religious morality. What price will we pay because some want to use the military to show their gay pride?”
Queerty.com brushed aside Perkins’ concerns calling him a “professional homophobe.”
“Apparently a rainbow flag is such a provocation that it excuses attacks on our troops, they wrote. “Or it could be a sign of the strength of our diversity and tolerance, principles we’re supposed to treasure.”
However, even some supporters of gays serving openly in the military have reservations about the rainbow flag being flown on a military base.
“Unless there was authorization from an appropriate source to raise this flag over the base, and such authorization was not in violation of military codes of conduct, I see this as an unacceptable flouting of the rules,” one reader wrote to Instinct Magazine. “This isn’t homophobic. It is, in fact, egalitarian.”