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June 19, 2008

Immoral Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

I just read a brief article on The Advocate's website that announced that President Bush will be awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For those of you who don't remember, General Pace said in a March 2007 interview with the Chicago Tribune that he thought that gays and lesbians were immoral. In the article he is quoted as saying "I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts."

I totally agree with the comment made in a press release by Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network; “Honoring General Pace with the country’s highest civilian award is outrageous, insensitive, and disrespectful to the 65,000 lesbian and gay troops currently serving on active duty in the armed forces. Our men and women in uniform are making tremendous sacrifices for our country and are looking for the president to recognize leaders who offer them praise and vision, not condemnation and scorn.”

Being a veteran of the United States Air Force myself, I personally find this award to be wholly repugnant and is, in my opinion, disgustingly immoral itself! To say that this president is incompetent, inhumane and immoral doesn't even begin to express my feelings. Fortunately, he will finally be out of office permanently in five and a half months.

If you would like to check out The Advocate's story, go to advocate.com.