My little voice tells me that the Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, is going to be doing some heavy backpedaling over these
“Unfortunately, we have a minority of service members who are still racists and bigoted and you will never be able to get rid of all of them,” Lt. Gen. Bostick said. “But these people opposing this new policy will need to get with the program, and if they can’t, they need to get out. No matter how much training and education of those in opposition, you’re always going to have those that oppose this on moral and religious grounds just like you still have racists today.”
Speaking as one Christian, I doubt significant numbers of us will leave the military should the law change. We’re smart enough to realize that while we believe homosexuality is a sin, you can’t bar people from serving just because they sin. Otherwise, no one would be able to serve (Rom 3:23). We’re also smart enough to realize that we live in a democracy, and the people get to decide under what rules we live while we’re in uniform. The thing the good general–and the culture at large–seems to forget is what it really means to be “tolerant”.
Of course, we were warned (Jn 15:18-21).
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Navy Times reports on the
Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, who has made diversity a top priority, said minorities will make up about 35 percent of the Class of 2013. That’s 7 percentage points higher than the Class of 2012, which had the most minorities up to that point.
The aim is to increase the ranks of minority officers in the Navy. When students graduate, they are commissioned as officers.
“Now, enrollment is not the measure, but if you want to get commissionings you’ve got to get people enrolled here,” Fowler told the academy’s Board of Visitors, which functions as a Board of Trustees at a civilian college.
While increasing the number of minority students is a big step forward, Fowler emphasized that the academy’s work is not done.
“We need to ensure a successor of mine can tell this board in four years that not only did we have the most acceptances — that we have the most commissioning of minorities in the history of the Naval Academy,” Fowler said. “That is a true measure.”
The academy has seen a big increase in the number of black students — from about 6 percent in the Class of 2012 to about 10 percent for the incoming class. The number of Hispanic students is more than 14 percent in the Class of 2013, up from more than 10 percent the year before.
Just for the record, here are Wikipedia’s numbers on the
The U.S. population’s distribution by race and ethnicity in 2006 was as follows:
Total population: 299 million
White alone: 74% or 221.3 million
Not including the 23.2 million White Hispanic and Latino Americans: 66% or 198.1 million
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, of any race: 14.8% or about 44.3 million
Black or African American alone: 13.4% or 40.9 million
Some other race alone: 6.5% or 19 million
Asian alone: 4.4% or 13.1 million
Two or more races: 2.0% or 6.1 million
American Indian or Alaska Native alone: 0.68% or 2.0 million
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander alone: 0.14% or 0.43 million