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Kincaid: Will Huckabee Take on Panetta Over Gay Rights?

By Cliff Kincaid

In a major display of respect for traditional values, hundreds of thousands turned out for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee, who sparked the event, said that the success went beyond “anything I could have imagined” and that stores across the country reported “record, historic sales.”

Huckabee could now turn his attention to a more important fight—how Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is turning the Armed Forces into an arm of the Human Rights Campaign, the major pro-homosexual rights lobby. The stakes in this battle are more than some chicken strips.

By permitting homosexual soldiers to march in their uniforms in support of homosexual rights, including homosexual marriage, Rep. J. Randy Forbes says that Panetta engineered “an outrageous and blatantly political determination issued solely to advance this Administration’s social agenda.” Forbes said the waiver that was granted to benefit the homosexual movement was not justified under the rules and regulations.

Forbes called it “another violation in what has become a pattern of this Administration’s assault on the longstanding history of the Department of Defense as a nonpolitical organization.”

But if Huckabee takes this on, he may run into resistance from his corporate bosses at Fox News, who make grants to the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. In 2006, Fox News gave $10,000 to the group.

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What’s more, Fox News host Shepard Smith denounced Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day as the “National Day of Intolerance,” demonstrating his out-of-the-closet sympathies. Liberals interpreted the remark as a swipe at Huckabee. Smith has also indicated his support for homosexual marriage.

The reason for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was the liberal reaction, which included calls for boycotts, to news that the company’s president Dan Cathy had stated his support for traditional marriage. Conservatives decided to strike back in support of the company.

Huckabee declared, “I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The Cathy family, led by Chick fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO. It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.”

In addition to his work at Fox News, Huckabee hosts the Cumulus Media Networks’ syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, heard on more than 175 stations.

The success demonstrated by Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day could serve as a template for supporting our men and women in uniform, as Pentagon chief Panetta engineers the transformation of the military in accordance with President Obama’s pro-gay policy.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense actually issued a directive that allowed service members to march in the “Gay Pride” Parade on July 21 in San Diego. This resulted in a “military contingent” at the event.

This, in turn, followed a “gay pride” event at the Pentagon itself.

Senator James Inhofe, who voted to confirm Panetta as Secretary of Defense, was upset, noting that DOD Directive 1344.10 and separate service department regulations make it plain that service members “shall not march or ride in a partisan political parade.” He sent a letter to Panetta asking for an explanation of the policy reversal to accommodate homosexuals.

While homosexuals are being applauded and celebrated, Inhofe says there is a pattern of hostility towards religion in the military under the Obama Administration.

Defenders of Panetta claimed the “gay pride” event was non-political. But Rep. Forbes points out that Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride, had described the parade as a “celebration here in San Diego of the advances in LGBT equality from the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to the addition of Washington and Maryland to the growing list of states with marriage equality.” He went on to say, “If justice prevails, we will be able to celebrate marriage equality in California too.”

The press release with these blatantly political statements was later removed from the parade website, but Rep. Forbes posted an archived version.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at

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  1. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    August 3, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I spent twenty years in the Air Force, and always made sure that my military-ness was never a factor in any political-ness I got involved in.

    It was not just because that’s what the regulations called for, I felt it was ‘the right way’ to act.

    Now, we have sexual deviants who have their own ideas of ‘the right way’ to act, and various military officials are abbetting that movement by nullifying military tradition.

    It is enlightening (but not surprising) that Shep Smith is one who will ‘get behind’ the SD’s and their cause.

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  2. cornerguard66Comment by cornerguard66
    August 3, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Until gays infiltrated the American Psych Association homosexuality was a mental illness. That is what the “Father” of psych Sigmund Freud called it. It still is for one reason: a “gay” can be healed of being a gay. You can’t be healed of something you were born with. In fact it is the gay or lesibian’s greatest fear – that their partner will “go straight.”

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  3. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    August 3, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    What ever happened to FREE SPEECH, and Choice, the right of each and every American to worship as he or she chooses?.
    It just seems wrong, that I go into a restaurant of my choice, simply because I like the food served, and if a gay couple is acting un-appropriately, kissing and fondling openly that I have to accept that. While on the other hand, if I hang my head, and pray over the food, I can be removed from the restaurant.

    This is just another operation of a few, over-ruling the many. Rights are supposed to be equal in personal beliefs and practices, but now, the many are over-ruled by the few, and made to take what they dish out, regardless of your own thoughts, beliefs.
    If several atheists opened restaurants, openly displaying their lack of Religion, I would have no problem with that, as I have the right to pass those doors, and not enter if I do not wish to have food where it is contrary to my beliefs. It is not my right to have them closed, or ruined.
    Chic,Fil,A has every right to run their restaurants on any principles they choose, as long as the restaurant does not operate against the laws of restaurants. I have the right to enter, or not enter their establishment. They should not be brought down for their religious preferences or beliefs, any more than A Church should be brought down because they teach God, Jesus Christ, and Salvation. Is this the next to go?. Choice, either for something or against something, as long as it does not break the laws of God or Man, is protected in the first Amendment, even if our President ( and I use the term quite loosely), disagrees with our Constitution. It is still, at least for the time being, the law of our Land, protecting one and all from oppression, even under a Government gone wild and in the process of denying our rights contrary to that Constitution.


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