It was announced last week that the U.S. military is rescinding its policy restricting women from serving in combat-focused positions such as infantry units. At a Pentagon press conference Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, “If members of our military can meet the qualifications for a job--and let me be clear, we’re not talking about reducing the qualifications for a job--if they can meet the qualifications for the job then they should have the right to serve” (“Panetta: ‘Everyone Entitled to a Chance’ to be Combat Soldier in Gender Neutral Military,” CNSNews.com, Jan. 24, 2013).
Panetta said they aren't talking about reducing the qualifications, but of course, that is pure nonsense, since history has already proven that the pressure to reduce qualifications for the sake of “gender equality” will outweigh the concern for military readiness. In fact, at the same press conference General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it will be up to the services to explain why any position--including Navy SEALs and other special forces--should still exclude women.
He continued, “If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that women couldn't make it, THE BURDEN IS NOW ON THE SERVICE TO COME BACK AND EXPLAIN TO THE SECRETARY WHY IS IT THAT HIGH, DOES IT REALLY HAVE TO BE THAT HIGH” (Ibid.). It is very sad to see what has happened to the U.S. military.
It has been feminized, lawyerized, environmentalized, psychologized, and homosexualized, but at root this is a judgment upon a wicked nation, particularly a judgment for the apostasy and deep moral and spiritual compromise of the nation’s churches, and the only solution is a spiritual revival. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14).
(Friday Church News Notes, February 1, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)