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Rep. Todd Akin Adds Anti-Gay Provision to Defense Bill Allowing Homophobic Harassment, Religious Discrimination

House Republicans working to finalize Pentagon budget legislation are considering an anti-gay provision added by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), two LGBT advocates tell the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson:

DadtUnder the language, the U.S. military would have to “accommodate the conscience and sincerely held moral principles and religious beliefs of the members of the Armed Forces concerning the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality” and may not use these beliefs as the basis of any adverse personnel action or discrimination. Additionally, it would prohibit the U.S. military from taking action against military chaplains who decline to serve a particular service member based on religious beliefs.

This language has been understood to mean service members could actively harass their fellow comrades for their perceived or actual sexual orientation without fear of reprisal. Additionally, it has been understood to mean that chaplains would have free rein to discriminate against service members on any basis — including religion, gender, sexual orientation, race or any other characteristic — simply by saying serving them is contrary to their beliefs.

The "conscience protection" language is supposedly "very much in play" for the bill's final version.

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  1. I guess that will allow heterosexual rape as well if a guy's religious beliefs maintain that women must serve his needs. There's plenty of biblical precedent.

    Maybe they'll have a rider for religious beliefs in racial superiority as well that will allow further atrocities in the style of Abu Ghraib and the SE Asian wars to be validated.

    Posted by: MikeW | Dec 14, 2012 12:14:04 PM


  2. Every gay service member should file complaints.There are many more heteros than there are us. Cuts both ways.

    Posted by: DenguyFL | Dec 14, 2012 12:23:38 PM


  3. Well, it will be rejected by the Senate, but this just basically tells you that the war against our community hasn't even come close to ending and in many ways, is only ratcheting up, with Republicans.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 14, 2012 12:25:07 PM


  4. NOT gonna happen! SCREAM your head off at your elected officials. Get this portion of the bill removed or don't fund the d*mn defense bill. This is akin to allowing soldiers to use their religion as a basis for discriminating against Black, Asian, Hispanic, Jewish soldiers. It is not different!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 14, 2012 12:27:25 PM


  5. 3 Steps forwards, 2 steps back.

    Posted by: Edd | Dec 14, 2012 12:31:54 PM


  6. Akin and his fellow GOPers circa 2012 are about as useful to the fair-and-balanced governance of this nation as are teats on a boar hog! Darwin's evolutionary theory eventually will render these old white male mostly-Southern throwbacks-to-the-50s extinct.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 14, 2012 12:45:50 PM


  7. Republicans: What do you mean, the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" has caused zero problems with the military? Let's add a bill ALLOWING people to make problems without fear of reprisal and then when bad stuff happens, we can blame it on the repeal of don't ask don't tell itself! Brilliant!

    Posted by: Joseph L | Dec 14, 2012 1:13:10 PM


  8. Anyone who uses the phrase "sincerely held religious beliefs" needs to be punched in the face, or preferably beaten up all day long.

    It doesn't matter how sincerely you believe in something. It's still not true. It's still immoral BS

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 14, 2012 1:13:51 PM


  9. more proof that the GOP do not love, nor support, nor respect "America's Troops"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 14, 2012 1:19:04 PM


  10. And once again religion is used an the excuse.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 14, 2012 1:32:12 PM


  11. ten bucks says he'll add another provision that females who are raped by male soldiers can't claim that it was rape as long as the men felt a biblical urge to procreate.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 14, 2012 1:39:07 PM


  12. Just how DAMN STUPID are those Republicans in the House?? How many more Presidential elections do they need to lose? Marginalization is just around the corner...

    Posted by: Josseph | Dec 14, 2012 3:14:32 PM


  13. A gratuitous insult with no chance of getting through the Senate. Just in case there was any doubt about Republican intentions.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Dec 14, 2012 3:41:15 PM


  14. Ah, sh*t... Getting his ass whooped by Claire didn't teach this bastard a damned thing. Good luck with that B.S., Akin. Not only does it stand less than 2% chance of making it into the Senate bill, it also directly violates the UCMJ which forbids discrimination on the basis of religion - and yes, that means using your religion as a basis to discriminate as well. Harassment of personnel on the basis of sex and/or gender is also forbidden, as is conduct unbecoming a member of the armed forces. GAWDZ!, but I can't wait for the 2014 election cycle so we can get rid of this boil on Missouri's butt!

    Posted by: Mommie Dammit | Dec 14, 2012 5:32:07 PM


  15. Like Steve- I also find issue with the word "sincerely" a murderer can have a sincere intention....

    Posted by: ty | Dec 14, 2012 5:39:38 PM


  16. WHAT!

    Posted by: Elizabeth Johnson | Dec 14, 2012 8:13:56 PM


  17. He tried doing the same thing earlier this year soon after DADT was repealed. Talk about trying to beat a dead horse. What's scary though is that this provision may remain in the final bill. The Story from May of this year: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/05/08/480331/akin-advances-military-license-to-bully-amendment/

    Posted by: CD | Dec 14, 2012 8:49:55 PM


  18. When will the Republicans get it ? How are they so stupid ? Let it go already !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 15, 2012 12:23:20 AM


  19. At least we can rejoice that this MORON will not be sitting in the U.S. Senate.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 15, 2012 8:13:02 AM


  20. These things never pass because they become bargaining chips in larger negotiations. The House leadership probably hates it too, since they have to reverse it out in committee with egg on their faces. If they were smart (!), they might use committee reassignment time to push him off the defense committee.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2012 11:38:31 AM


  21. Can we say amnesia? When there has been Muslim on Christian violence, the Religious Right doesn't care about facts but screams about the incompatibility of Islam and Christianity. OK, now that Akin wants to enshire "sincerely held religious belief" into law, that should mean that any such conduct by a Muslim would be legal.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 16, 2012 2:58:31 AM


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