Tony Perkins, head of the Christian-based Family Research Council, said on Oct. 5 that the U.S. should disband its military because of transgender soldiers (video below).
Perkins was upset that the Pentagon published a handbook about transgender service in the military on Sept. 30, notes Right Wing Watch.
According to Vocativ, the handbook includes this statement from Acting Under Secretary of Defense Peter Levine: "This handbook will [assist] our transgender Service members in their gender transition, help commanders with their duties and responsibilities, and help all Service members."
In response, Perkins said on his "Washington Watch" radio show:
So we see the administration pushing forward without congressional input on integrating transgenders into our nation’s military. What else can this administration do to the military other than just disband it?...
I probably need to take it back when I said that the only thing worse the president could do would be to disband the military. Actually, that might even be better. We’re probably better off without a military that is not compromised, because we think we have a military that’s defending our country and able to do that, but we have a military that in many ways is a hollowed-out shell.
The Los Angeles Times noted in July that many countries allow transgender people to serve in their military forces: Argentina, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Some of these nations will pay for transition hormones and/or surgery for soldiers.
Perkins suggested that the U.S. would not be able to defeat ISIS on June 30 (when President Barack Obama's administration announced that the military would no longer discriminate against transgender people):
The world is facing some of the greatest evil ever unleashed on innocents and the President’s plan for combating it is letting men dress like women (and vice-versa) in our fighting force? Is this his plan for striking fear in ISIS’s hearts? This is what comes of a president who uses our military to fight culture wars instead of fighting real wars against the enemies of our nation.