Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Anti-gay bigots support 'Don't ask, don't tell'

General Peter Pace, a Bush lackey who has been Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since 2005, obviously bearing some of the responsibility for the fiasco that has become the Iraq war, was asked about the 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy by a reporter from the Chicago Tribune. He said that he supports the policy. Of course...
Unfortunately, he also went on to add his personal views on homosexuality saying, "I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts," adding, "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."

He also went on to compare homosexual relations in general to adultery saying, "s an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior." I've heard such comparisons before, of course. One would think it would occur to these bigots at some point that consensual acts between a monogamous couple does not equate cheating on one's spouse... Ah, but then prejudice gets in the way of reason all too often.

It's truly disgusting, insulting, and a huge disrespect not only to the homosexual citizens of this country, but especially the homosexual soldiers who serve it and General Pace, that he offers in return a slap in the face like this. Such a shameful disgrace. Furthermore, considering how he's handled the situation in Iraq and been such a weak lackey for Bush, I don't think the General has any place to be lecturing "morality" to others.

Those that support keeping gays out of the military, or at least keeping them hidden, rely on a lot of red herrings to make their case. First these soldiers are talented, dedicated, heroic, and then somehow they are suddenly incapable of performing their duties because of having relations with the same gender. Another example is the notion that it somehow harms morale. So we're supposed to believe that the morale of our dedicated professional soldiers is so easily shaken?

According to Army Capt. Sharon Alexander of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund, "Every
study that's been commissioned by the Pentagon to study the question of whether openly gay people in the ranks contribute negatively to unit cohesion has come to the conclusion that they do not."

Then there is the preposterous notion that somehow allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military will harm recruitment. Not only is it absurd that heterosexual folks would decide not to enlist because of gays in the military, but this totally disregards the reality that unknown numbers of homosexuals are not enlisting now because of a fear of what life and a career in the military would be like. Funny how there is no concern over this. Nor is there any concern over the 11,000 gay soldiers that have been unfairly discharged from the military since 1993.

For all the supposed harm that is supposed to come from allowing gays to serve openly, it's funny how so many other militaries in the world allow this, 20 out of the 25 NATO nations, including such allies as the United Kingdom, Israel, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Russia. Among those countries that do ban homosexuals from their militaries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Yemen, Syria, and of course the United States... Quite interesting company we keep. My, aren't we proud?

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