Officer in Brian Fitzpatrick's article wrote:
My personal religious beliefs and moral convictions do not permit me to treat homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle, compatible with military service, any more than adultery, illicit drug use, or criminal activity.
I'm not really sure how being homosexual affects one's role in the army. I wonder if the officer would quit working in another institution (whether it be another government institution or a private one) if they accepted people who acknowledged that they were homosexual, or if he thinks this "standard" should just be adhered to in the armed forces.
Mind you, the officer has quite a conundrum, as he says:
I believe this lifestyle runs counter to good order and discipline in military units, and I refuse to sacrifice my belief system, protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, in order to fall in line with the command policy that will logically follow.
"I did not give up my constitutional rights and freedom of religion when I joined the military. I don't believe in subjecting myself to all of the behavior modification and sensitivity training. They're going to try to push the position that this is an acceptable lifestyle."
What he is asking is that the values of his religion be adhered to (that homosexuality is not acceptable), and no one else's values. If these values were implemented by the government, this would make the government a theocracy, something the constitution specifically prohibits. So his idea of constitutional rights seems to be inconsistent with other people's constitutional rights, as well as the constitution itself.
"One of the Army values is selfless service. Placing the good of the nation above personal desires is an essential trait of a good soldier, who may be called upon to give his or her life in the nation's defense. When you start trying to attract people who are so self-centered that they put living their lifestyle out in the open above the needs of their country and national defense, then you have a really dangerous combination. That's when you get instances like PFC Bradley Manning, who is a homosexual. Because of his personal beliefs and bitterness toward the military he decided to leak 150,000 sensitive wires that have done irreparable damage to our nation."
He obviously has his ideas about the values that homosexuals have, as though they were part of a belief system or all had identical emotions. Bradley Manning has allegedly leaked 150,000 cables (plus 100,000 more) because of his emotions about the selfish stance of people like this officer, who believe their values include not being told that other people's value might be okay. Not really a good argument on this officer's behalf.