Monday, May 30, 2011

President refers to DADT repeal in appointing new JCS chief, but won't veto House bill; Presbyterian Church releases new rules for ordination

Today, President Obama announced his new selection for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. In his holiday remarks (broadcast Monday morning on CNN from Arlington Cemetery), Obama reiterated his own and the chief’s commitment to the idea that everyone could serve with integrity, obviously a reference to the certification of the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”.  However, the president apparently will not try to veto the additional strings being put on the repeal process by the recent House hearings.  

In the weekend’s Washington Blade, Chris Johnson reports on a Marine Corps training session as very much a non-event, link here.The Blade also did a Q&A (by Phil Reese) with CNN weekend anchor, African-American Don Lemon.

And Sunday, May 29, I picked up a hard copy of the memo “Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approves change in ordination standard”, by Sharon Youngs, dated May 10, 2011, from the 219th General Assembly in 2010. Here’s a web link to what looks like the same material, url. The memo says "'Submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ' replaces 'fidelity and chastity'". 

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