“I am ambivalent about … gays in the military. I see no good reason why gays and lesbians should be excluded from military service … I think it a wonderful thing that some people are excluded as a group. I only wish that Christians could be seen by the military to be as problematic as gays….
“But in some ways this prejudice against gays has worked in their favor. They at least know more about who they are and who their enemy is. If only Christians could be equally sure of who they are. If only the military could come to view Christians as a group of doubtful warriors….
“Christians, for example, might be bad for morale in the barracks. For example, non-Christians may find it disconcerting to have a few people gathering nightly holding hands with heads bowed. God knows what kind of disgusting behavior in which they might be engaged.
“Even more troubling is what they might say to one another in such a group. Christians are asked to pray for the enemy. Could you really trust people in your unit who think the enemy’s life is as valid as their own fellow soldier? Could you trust someone who would think it more important to die than to kill unjustly? Are these people fit for the military?
“Prayer, of course, is a problem. But even worse is what Christians do in corporate worship. Think about the meal, during which they say they eat and drink with their God. They do something called ‘pass the peace.’ They even say they cannot come to this meal with blood on their hands. People so concerned with sanctity would be a threat to the military.
“Having them around is no fun…. Their loyalty is first to God, and then to their military commanders. How can these people possibly be trusted to be good soldiers?
“Finally, consider the problem of taking showers with these people. They are, after all, constantly going on about the business of witnessing in the hopes of making converts to their God and church. Would you want to shower with such people? You never know when they might try to baptize you.
“If gays can be excluded as a group from the military, I hope that it could even happen to Christians. God, after all, has done stranger things in the past.
“However, until God works this miracle, it seems clear to me that gays, as a group, are morally superior to Christians.”
Stanley Hauerwas, “Why Gays (as a Group) Are Morally Superior to Christians (as a Group)”, in John Berkman and Michael Cartwright (eds.), The Hauerwas Reader (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2001), pp.519-21.