I guess Congress is too stupid to learn from the Catholic Church debacle with gay pedophile priests.
The Church kept them out for a long time, and it was really only in the 1970s (after the Vatican II debacle and the destruction of orthodoxy and authority in the 60s) that gays got into the seminary in large numbers - and those closeted gays who were in already in the Church suddenly felt that they could - er - express themselves.
It has taken the Church more than 40 years to even begin to get a grip on this, and now most of that crop is aging out, already dead of AIDS, or in jail.
Catholic teaching says that homosexual inclinations are not the sin, but homosexual behavior (not to mention self-identifying as “gay,” which means a person thinks that the most important thing about them is that they want to have sexual relations with persons of the same sex) is sinful.
One of the reasons the Church was so strict on this is that in same sex environments (monasteries and convents), a group of gay persons would inevitably form a little group to protect and promote each other, and even aside from their personal sin, this would be disastrous for the discipline and life of the entire community.
And this is the same in the military, which while it is no longer only male, is a closed environment where people depend on a neutral and not personally involved command structure and environment to be effective. There is absolutely nothing good that can come of the repeal of DADT.
“I guess Congress is too stupid to learn from the Catholic Church debacle with gay pedophile priests.”
Pederast is the correct term for homosexual attraction to male prepubescent children. Pedophile is a broad term that describes a sexual attraction for children in general.