“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,” Pace said in a wide-ranging discussion with Tribune editors and reporters in Chicago. “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.
Okay Peter, but what about homosexual acts between three or more individuals?
“As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior,” Pace said.
Still, this seems to be in line with what many in the military think…
Charles Moskos, a military sociologist at Northwestern University who was instrumental in helping the Pentagon craft the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, said it is unusual for a top commander to use morality as a justification for the policy. But he said he has repeatedly heard enlisted members use that reasoning when opposing gays in the military.
“With the enlisted, it’s a question of cohesion, but morality is something they always bring up,” said Moskos, who declined to comment specifically on Pace’s remarks.
I wonder if there’s a correlation between having a religious upbringing and serving in the military. Anybody have any data?