The following comes from a story by Mark Kowalewski posted on the website of the International Youth Coalition.
….I want to share a personal story that details a small victory during my final years as an enlisted soldier in the United States Army opposing the “Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. This policy is being used by the Department of Defense to proselytize service members away from their traditional Christian faith. As Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services described it, “behind the repeal lies an agenda to force everyone to accept as normal and positive a behavior that is contrary to the moral norms of many religions, including the Catholic Church.”
Following the enactment of the new policy, my battalion (300 plus soldiers) was in a mandatory training session on diversity. The training involved placing “sexual orientation” alongside race and gender as a diversity issue. The result – if I were to state my disagreement with the bedroom behavior of another, and defend natural and divine law, I am the equivalent of a racist or a sexist. I acknowledged this as an attack on religious liberty, and fully realized LGBT advocates would use their foothold in the military to bring down traditional marriage. Once homosexuality is accepted within the ranks, they would cry discrimination for not receiving the military benefits heterosexual married couples receive since their relationships were not officially recognized. Due to this realization, I walked out of the training.
I decided to look beyond the shallow waters in which the media holds the discussion of homosexuality, and thoroughly research, not only the “Repeal”, but the history of the homosexual movement in the United States. I submitted my findings in a 20 plus page letter entitled “Subordination Defined” up my Chain of Command…. My letter made it clear to my leadership that I walked out of the mandatory training, and the initial 80 percent of the paper covered the following topics:
- The New Testament demands nothing less than love and respect for all people, to include those who believe the homosexual act is acceptable. However, it likewise makes it clear that true love is not to ignore or endorse immoral or destructive behavior.
- The propaganda techniques outlined by the homosexual movement that are very apparent in our present day society, to include making those who oppose the lifestyle feel they are heavily outnumbered and without hope.
- The corruption of the Repeal process to include, but not limited to, the results of the official Inspector General investigation.
- The 1973 decision by the American Psychological Association to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A move our present day media claims was an authoritative scientific decision, yet homosexual activists of the day make it clear that it was anything but scientific.
- The vote to approve homosexual marriage in New York that involved the votes of four Republican state senators being bought.
- Children across the country (on the tax payer’s dollar) being informed by teachers that their parents are lying to them if they tell them the homosexual act is immoral. It is now being taken to a level where children are allowed to actually choose their gender without parental consent, because according to the teacher, gender is a “state of mind”.
My first line supervisors respected my views against the promotion of homosexuality; however prior to handing my paper to the Battalion Commander (BC), my Company Commander (CC) warned me that the BC’s position on homosexuality was unknown. Since it is such a polarizing issue, if the BC supports homosexuality, on a personal level it could cause serious problems for me. On a more professional level, due to the fact that I admitted refusing orders, and I’m being insubordinate to the Commander in Chief, I could face legal action and possibly an “other than honorable discharge”. Taking my CC’s warning into consideration, I decided to proceed forward with my original course of action, to have my paper submitted to the BC and to arrange a closed door meeting.
Following the closed-door meeting with my BC; I sent my paper to Congress as well as the Chief of Staff of the Army. The only Congressman to respond with a personal letter and provide assistance was former Florida Congressman Allen West, who topped his response off with Joshua 1:5-9. He agreed to pass my packet off to the Army/Congress LNO so pressure could be applied from the top. I wasn’t sure what the response would be from the Pentagon, but I decided to send the below letter along with “Subordination Defined” regardless:
July 15, 2012
To General Raymond Odierno:
I am SFC Mark Kowalewski, US Army, currently stationed with the XXX MI BN at Fort Meade, Maryland. I would like to begin by thanking you for your continued service to our America. Prior to joining the Army, I felt if I was on my deathbed, I would question if there was any true purpose to my life. After 10 years of service and two deployments to Iraq, I take great comfort in knowing I could die tomorrow with more accomplished in a decade than most accomplish in a full lifetime. At 33, I have already lived a life full of purpose, and it has been an honor to go to work each day surrounded by people who can say the same.
I am writing you regarding the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell [DADT], as well as the diversity training the Army is currently providing which indicates that sexual orientation is a diversity issue which should be placed along side race and gender. It appears due to strong media bias, as well as service members concerned about repercussions for openly voicing opposition to the new policy, that the Repeal of DADT is a good case of “the dog that didn’t bark” as our Commander in Chief stated while giving a speech in Chicago. I have decided to use this letter, as well as the attached packet as my way of barking.
After LTG Benjamin Mixon was reprimanded and forced into retirement for urging Soldiers to write their Congressman if they disagreed with the repeal, I decided to thoroughly research the repeal process as well as the history of the homosexual agenda in America, and submit my findings in a letter entitled “Subordination Defined” up my chain of command. Even though I fully understood and acknowledged the recommendations of the Pentagon Study Group, I requested early release from the military [which was denied]. I also informed my battalion commander that if I was not released, I would not take part in any diversity training from this point forward that placed sexual orientation along side race and gender as a diversity issue. I will not be reenlisting in the Army due to the manner in which the Repeal Study/Survey took place. After reading the “Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of DADT” authored by the Pentagon Study Group,as well as the official Inspector General complaint filed against the Pentagon Study Group, it is very apparent that the final results and recommendations of the repeal study were a completely dishonest hack job. A decade of war, thousands dead, and so many critically wounded; what a shame for our military to be used as nothing more than a political tool.
I will never accept sexual orientation [action/behavior based] being placed along side gender and race as a diversity issue. I will forever reject homosexuality as the “Modern Day Civil Rights” issue. Among others, one key difference between the homosexual agenda’s push for acceptance of their actions, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s is as follows: I do not recall Martin Luther King Jr [a champion for natural and divine law] having to deceive or pay people off in order to gain equality for Black Americans.He used the truth, and the truth set them free [John 8:32]. In “Subordination Defined”, I highlight several key moments in history [to include the Repeal itself] when the homosexual community, and those assisting it, did nothing but pay people off, and use tactics of deception in order to push its way into our communities. Those supporting the homosexual agenda have a strong financial backing, but they are severely misguided if they believe the truth can be bought or suppressed with money. No amount of money will ever be enough to eclipse the truth that shines down from heaven, and into the heart of every woman and man…if one would only observe [Romans 2:15].
To me, the key question is which of the following statements is true:
The homosexual agenda, with the assistance of Hollywood, the mainstream media, and now the Department of Defense [DOD], is combating bigotry and hatred, or….
The homosexual agenda, with the assistance of Hollywood, the mainstream media, and now the DOD, is combating the good conscience of many Americans who are trying to do everything they can to hold onto a moral, value based America; one that is quickly slipping away….
Very Respectfully Submitted,
SFC Mark Kowalewski
I concluded my paper “Subordination Defined” with the following three sections:
- Subordination Explained: I demanded early release from my military contract for no other reason than to show my rejection the Pentagon Study Group’s recommendation: that service members shall not be released early if they oppose repeal. I then made it clear if I was not released; my command can expect nothing but my complete subordination for the remainder of my contract. That being: I will refuse to attend, or inform any of my subordinates, about all mandatory training that places “sexual orientation” alongside race and gender as a diversity issue. I do not seek punishment, but I will accept punishment before I comply with the new policy. This doesn’t sound like subordination explained? I will clarify….
- Subordination in Action: I included a picture of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Lutheran) and Saint Thomas More (Catholic). Below each picture, I provided a brief paragraph of their final moments, dying for Christ while standing in opposition with man. And then, I concluded my paper with the obvious definition….
- Subordination Defined: Subordination in its truest sense, is being subordinate to the Supreme Commander in Chief, even in the face of heavy punishment from man.
I never received a response from General Odierno. My opposition was well received by my BC; however he had to balance his own personal feelings against his job as a commander: to enforce policy. He told me early release from my contract would not be authorized based on the Pentagon’s recommendation. He said, however, that he would pass my paper off to the Brigade Commander and the Brigade Chaplain to see if any adjustments could be made to the training. If not, at the very least, I would no longer have to attend. At the following diversity training, all references to sexual orientation and homosexuality were removed and no longer observed by the 300 plus soldiers in my battalion (at least for the remainder of my enlistment).
There is a serious problem with proselytizing in the military, the leading culprit being the Pentagon; attempting to force service members on a large scale to reject traditional Christianity and at the very least, reprimanding those who refuse to comply. The Joint Chiefs of our military are in lockstep with secular progressives that are destroying the soul of our country under “moral relativity”. Regardless of the issue, this is no time for good, moral citizens to stand by and watch quietly. Uncle Sam is bleeding out, and help is desperately needed.
To read my collection of letters in their entirety, click here.
To read the original posting, click here.