Maj. Andrew Calvert, a U.S. Army chaplain, is under investigation after implying transgender soldiers are "mentally unfit" and therefore "unqualified to serve."
"How is rejecting reality (biology) not evidence that a person is mentally unfit (ill), and thus making that person unqualified to serve," Calvert said on Facebook. "There is little difference in this than over those who believe and argue for a 'flat earth,' despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The motivation is different, but the argument is the same."
Calvert's comments were posted in response to President Joe Biden's executive order on Monday that repealed the Trump administration's ban on transgender soldiers and provided for military personnel to receive paid "gender reassignment surgeries."
An Army veteran captured a screenshot of Calvert's comments and posted it on Twitter, saying, "He cannot be trusted to support soldiers for another minute."
The Security Force Assistant Command (SFAC) released a statement on Tuesday in response to the controversy, announcing the "incident is under investigation."
"The Security Force Assistance Command Enterprise fully supports the Commander in Chief, Secretary of Defense and all DoD policies," SFAC said on Facebook. "The United States Army has a strict standard against any form of discrimination based on gender identity."
🔦 Calvert's case is reminiscent of the dismissal of former Air Force chaplain Curt Cizek. After 30 years of service, Cizek was fired for preaching a sermon on sexual morality.