Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Republicans have discovered a social issue to demonize

Interestingly, and I would also say fortunately, the recent debate on repealing 'Don't ask;Don't tell' has revealed the real agenda at work among the anti-homosexual crowd.

On Chris Matthews' show 'Hardball' on Tuesday, Peter Sprigg from the Family Research Council, stated in no uncertain terms that homosexuals should not be allowed to serve in the military, period. Even if they keep their sexual orientation a total secret. He went on to rail against the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision Lawrence vs. Texas in which anti-homosexual sodomy laws were struck down as unconstitutional. Again, stating in no uncertain terms, that homosexual activity should be illegal.

When asked by 'Hardball' guest Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, if what he is supporting is that ”gays and lesbians should not serve their country in the uniform whatsoever?”

Mr. Sprigg responded:
“That's absolutely right.”

Asked again by Mr. Sarvis, so "not only are you opposed to repealing 'Don't Ask; Don't Tell', you would prohibit all gays and lesbians from serving their country?" Mr. Sprigg confirms:
“That's exactly right.”
Chris Matthews asked: “Do you think we should outlaw gay behavior?”
“I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned, uh, the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.”

Asked again, “So we should outlaw gay behavior?”

Mr. Sprigg's responses: “Yes.”

So there you have it, folks, the real agenda of the bigots in the anti-homosexual camp.

Now, his obvious fascist agenda in favor of criminalizing homosexuality aside, here were some other remarks revealing his errors and illustrating just how far-reaching his advocacy of discrimination in the military goes:

“The presence of homosexuals in the military is incompatible with good order, morale, disciple and unit cohesion...”

First of all, this is untrue or at least, unfounded. Second, homosexuals serving in the military, as they always have and always will, but being forced to keep this in complete secrecy (in spite of many of their peers working alongside them being aware of this) is undermining good order, morale, discipline and unit cohesion. Third, apparently Mr. Sprigg doesn't believe women should serve in the military either, then...

“... the military should not be used as an avenue for social re-engineering; the purpose of the military is to fight and win wars, and we need the force that is most effective to do that.”

So obviously, just like Ellaine Donnelly, another right-wing critic of removing DADT, he would have objected to racial integration of the military and allowing women to serve, as well.

And then there was also a deliberate attempt by Mr. Sprigg to mislead the public:

“There are people who have experienced homosexual attractions who have served in the military and do continue to serve in the military, but they are restrained in their behavior by the current policy. If we had a policy where the, uh, where people were considered bigoted if they were opposed to same-sex conduct, then, the -- there would be much greater danger of misconduct on the part of the homosexuals, and, uh, much greater likelihood that people who are object to that would simply choose not to serve at all.”

To correct this statement, homosexuals in the military are currently prohibited from in any way shape or form acknowledging or having ever acknowledged their sexual orientation publicly or privately with anyone, inside or outside of the military. Furthermore, homosexuals in the military are prevented from engaging in or having ever engaged in any form of homosexual conduct even when they are not on active duty, or not on a military base or not with any member of the military.

Furthermore, repealing 'Don't ask; Don't tell' will in no way, shape or form permit homosexual (or any sexual) relations between soldiers. In spite of all the pregnancies taking place among military personnel, it is a violation of the Military Uniform Code of Justice for soldiers to engage in sexual conduct with each other... I know of no one advocating a change in this policy.

Lastly, if these soldiers are so unprofessional that they can't fulfill their duties because of irrational prejudices against their fellow soldiers, in this case other soldiers having a homosexual orientation, then good riddance. They aren't fit for military service and they should either not re-enlist or not enlist in the first place. I believe the same of those racists would-be soldiers who refused to voluntarily serve in the military due to desegregation.

Here is a good Time magazine article about the current controversy of repealing 'Don't ask; Don't tell'.

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