Friday, May 28, 2010

What would Washington do?

You have probably heard that the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday approved (by a 16-12 vote) a provision to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The measure will go before the full Senate and must also pass the House. If passed, the bill be signed into law by the president, allowing open homosexuals to serve in the military. Ever wonder what our first commander and chief thought about "gays" in the military?

At a General Court Marshall, on March 10, 1778, a Lieutenant Enslin was "tried for attempting to commit sodomy with John Monhort." He was also tried for "Perjury in swearing to false Accounts." Enslin was "found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War." He was dismissed from the service "with infamy. His excellency the Commander in Chief [George Washington] approve[d] the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such infamous Crimes order[ed] Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of the Camp...by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return. (From Gary DeMar, America's Christian History: The Untold Story, p. 170)

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