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The panty-sniffers at the Family Research Council have hit a new low: Peter Sprigg writing at their blog, wants Congress to ask Col. Kristin Goodwin, the woman nominated to head the Air Force Academy, all about her sexual history! Hubba-hubba!
You see, besides being a woman, she’s also a lesbian! So she’s gonna have twice the scrutiny that a man would have anyway, and then the confirmation gets to go dirty if Sprigg gets his way. “Dear Penthouse, I cannot believe I am writing to you today…”
Sprigg is hoping to find that she was, um, sexually active with other wimmins before the restriction against the ‘mos was lifted so that they can say she cannot be trusted because she must have violated some code or other.
The author acknowledges that many may see this as a non-issue in the post-DADT military. But he does raise a question unique to Goodwin serving as commandant of cadets at the Academy—namely, the Academy’s honor code.
The code declares, “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.” God and Country notes that “cadets practically venerate the Honor Code (in spirit, if not in deed).”
Q: Does the honor code actually hold the weight of law? No. “Cadets are expected to report themselves for any Code violation. Furthermore, they must confront any other cadet they believe may have violated the code and report the incident if the situation is not resolved. This creates an atmosphere of trust and accountability unparalleled at other colleges or universities.”
So, is having sexxxxytime with other ladies, lying/cheating/stealing? Would it be an honor code violation if a man had sexxxxytime? Did anyone turn in Col. Goodwin for violations? No. Case Closed, Judge Prude-y!
…In light of this, it should be clear that the issue involving Goodwin’s integrity is not just limited to how she may or may not have answered a question in 1993 or 1994. Whether she complied with federal law regarding eligibility for military service relates to both her sexual conduct and her sexual attractions at any point up until September 2011.
To be specific—if anyone at any point during Goodwin’s accession into the military and the repeal of the 1993 law in 2011, engaged in a homosexual act, they would have been in violation of the law (both the 1993 law and possibly the law against sodomy in the Uniform Code of Military Justice) and subject to separation from the military. If, during that time, a person experienced same-sex sexual attractions, it could be interpreted as “a propensity . . . to engage in homosexual acts.”
“And please tell us all about your sex life Col., slowly, using your best Jessica Rabbit voice,” he did not add, breathlessly.
In my research on Goodwin’s career, I have not found any published evidence that she violated the law. Weinstein, citing a source he says spoke with Goodwin, declared in his complaint that Goodwin “relates that she did not become aware of her sexual orientation until well after DADT went into effect.”
He researched her? Jeebus, this guy is obsessed.
However, there is nothing to prevent members of the Senate from raising these questions, as well as questions about her commitment to freedom of speech and religion for cadets. They may be crucial to determining whether she is suitable for promotion, or fit to command the Air Force Academy—and, as God and Country pointed out, to oversee its honor code.
“Plus, I’m kinda close and my arm hurts. Just give us a little whiff, put me over the edge, baby,” he didn’t conclude.