Gary Bauer: Obama Repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Homosexuals, Applied It to Christians

By Penny Starr | June 23, 2014 | 6:17 AM EDT

Gary Bauer, president of the nonprofit American Values, spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference on April 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)

( – Former presidential candidate and traditional values advocate Gary Bauer said on Friday that President Barack Obama’s homosexual “rights” agenda is threatening religious liberty in the U.S. military.

“On orders by the Obama administration, religion is under attack in the United States military,” Bauer said Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C.

“Chaplains have been told not to proselytize,” Bauer said. “He’s repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for homosexuals and replaced it with ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ for Christians.”

In 2011, the Obama administration reversed the 17-year-old policy that banned openly homosexual men or women from serving in the U.S. military.

“As of Sept. 20, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country,” Obama said in a statement in July 2011.

Last week's Faith and Freedom Coalition event featured a line-up of rising GOP stars and presidential hopefuls who spoke over the course of the three-day conference, including Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Republican N.J. Gov. Chris Christie also spoke at the event and was given a standing ovation by the conservative group. Christie’s campaign-style speech outlined his gubernatorial accomplishments and included a list of what he thinks must be done to get the country on track again.