The Biggest News Flop of 2011

I'm sure everyone has their own idea of what the biggest news flop of 2011 was, but as a career military man, mine was the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT). Evangelicals were all over this in 2010 and early 2011, and I chimed in several times. If interested, see the following posts:

My Thoughts on Homosexuals in the Military
Don't Ask Don't Tell Study Results
Chaplains and Don't Ask Don't Tell
Message to Navy Chaplains

However, just as soon as September 20 came around, a switch was flipped in the evangelical camp, and the Catholic camp as well for that matter. Suddenly no one talked about DADT. I remember being a little disappointed that it was suddenly a dead issue. I guess that's how a losing side will handle things. The irony is that the winning side dropped it too. If I were them, and as seeing that no major problems came from the repeal, I would have been flaunting the “success” of the program.

It is true that couples were married. Yet to my knowledge no one was beat up over the repeal, there was no mass exodus to the doors by service members trying to get out of the military, and no chaplains have been fired for refusing to marry gay service members.

Which is why this is a news flop. It didn't turn out like the evangelicals thought it would. If I were the other team, I'd flaunt it like an Ochocinco touchdown. I can promise you that the evangelicals would have if it had gone their way.

What are your thoughts on the repeal of DADT? If it isn’t the biggest news flop of the year, what is?

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