With the new policy allowing women to perform combat roles in the military, on top of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Tony Perkins is making the ridiculous argument that these things are to blame for the huge growth in military suicides over the last few years:
Perkins: The volume of these decisions coming out of this administration is unbelievable, unbelievable. The stress in our military, when you look how they have used the military for their social experimentation: driving Christianity out, putting homosexuality in, suicide rate going through the ceiling. I think it was last year if I recall the numbers there were 349 suicides in 2012 and I believe that’s more than were killed in combat, that’s the highest number since the Pentagon began tracking suicides back in 2001. And what are they doing? Adding additional stress by this social engineering. Unbelievable.
There were 349 military suicides in 2012, which is indeed the highest number. But there were 310 in 2009, before DADT was repealed. And the numbers have been trending up in a big way since 2006. Gee, do you think this might have to do with the fact that so many soldiers were having to do multiple tours of duty, often longer than a regular tour, be separated from their families for more than a year at a time, see their buddies get shot and blown up with IEDs, in Iraq and Afghanistan? Nah, it must be the gay people and women at fault. #logicfail