Since the scandal over Secret Service agents having sex with prostitutes (and apparently refusing to pay in at least one case) in Columbia broke, the religious right has a new meme: This is all the fault of Obama and gay people and liberals who want sexual freedom. Tony Perkins and lunatic Jerry Boykin talked about it on the FRC’s radio show:
Perkins: This administration has been a part of bringing about, really, a schizophrenia in our military and in government service, with overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, saying what most societies have always held as immoral now saying it’s legal. How does our military, how does our government operate in this, really, relative standard of moral conduct?
Boykin: I think, first of all, a lot of this goes back to the Bill Clinton era when we had Secret Service agents that clearly knew what the president was doing with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office in the evening hours and so forth. And there were Secret Services agents that were observing, certainly not every detail of what was going on, but they knew what was happening and they were required to suppress it and I think that began what I would see as a pretty rapid moral decline, certainly within the secret service.
But I think, in a larger sense, it is indicative of the moral decline within our society and, quite frankly, since this administration took over and repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – which is at the very core of the cohesion and readiness of our military, of people being able to trust and respect each other – and that was repealed, I think that that has increased the pace of our decline morally within our government institutions, particularly the military and then the Secret Service falls right in behind them.
They’re missing a pretty obvious distinction, which is hardly surprising because reality seems to often to evade them. I couldn’t care less whether anyone, Secret Service or not, has sex, with a prostitute or any other consenting adult. But if you’re in another country doing advance work for a presidential visit, that’s pretty clearly not the time or place to do it. The risk of a security breach is unacceptably high. And that’s what the scandal is about. It isn’t about who’s having sex; it’s about security protocols for the Secret Service.