If They Can Die For Us…

“Gay rights” has never really been one of my issues, but it’s clear to me that we have a double standard as a society and now it’s on my radar screen. The latest news out of the military seems to place the whole issue in a particularly striking light, and it certainly does merit some mention.

Retired U.S. Military Officials Call On Congress To Allow Openly Gay Men And Women Into The Armed Forces

“Those of us signing this letter have dedicated our lives to defending the rights of our citizens to believe whatever they wish,” the letter reads. “As Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs said when the … policy was enacted, it is not the place of the military or those in senior leadership to make moral judgments.”

The letter claims that 65,000 homosexuals are currently serving in the armed forces. It also references over one million gay veterans who “have served our nation honorably.”

If we can’t do the right thing for the right reason, I guess doing it all still beats the alternative. Gays have always been in the military, as with pretty much every place else in society I guess. It was just not something which we were mature enough to admit publicly. I don’t know if the thought was that the whole situation would go away if ignored, or what.

However, with recruiting being down and all, it’s now okay to let them open the closet door a crack and maybe even aks them to die for us on the battlefield if it happens to be their time. A fairly magnanimous gesture on our part, certainly would be to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” And it makes one wonder why we can’t just grow up and put the past behind us once and for all. After all, death being the ultimate sacrifice, it seems like all of the rest of the discrimination ought to be pretty easy for us to get out of the way.

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2 Responses to If They Can Die For Us…

  1. Dizzy Dezzi says:

    Yeah, it’s a bit pathetic that the military is willing to lower their standards and let petty criminals and miscreants in the ranks, but they aren’t willing to let up on this issue.

  2. For anyone who identifies themself as a liberal, I mean progressive, gay rights should be a priority. I almost forgot that the correct word is now “progressive”. We have largely permitted the far right wing to make “liberal’ a dirty word.
    Any policy which robs a particular group of people of their guranteed rights based solely on their identity can never be viewed as democratic!! President Clinton’s sponsorship of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, was simply s political cop out. An American who is required toi hide or camoflage their idenity, can NEVER be deemed equal.
    So, here we are in Iraq. The current alleged mission is to bring democracy to the region. How in the world can we ask our best to sacrafice their lives in an effort to spread democratic ideals, when we don;t practice it ourselves? A straight military person would be permitted to have a picture of their significant other on their desk. However if a gay person follows suit, they could likely be dismissed for “flaunting” their life style. By the way, one of my pet peeves is the term “gay lifestyle.” I have no idea what it means. We raise children, work, pay bills, go to church, and serve in the military just like straights do. How come we never hear the term, “straight lifestyle”. The likely answer is that missinformed straights judge gays based on one trait only, who they go to bed with.
    Gays are truly second class citizens. They are not permitted to marry, join in civil unions (in some states), adopt children, join the Boy Scouts, or openly serve in the military. It’s amazing to me that many “progressives” support extention of rights to illegal immigrants, while denying rights to citizens based solely on their sexual preferance!!
    Many blacks detest having their march toward full equality compared to the gay rights movement!! They are identical. Any time an American citizen is denied rights granted to others based entirely on who they are, it’s called DISCRIMINATION!!! The “Seperate But Equal Doctrine” was used for decades to punish blacks simply because of their skin pigmentation. The Supreme Court, however, correctly ruled that any policy used to keep a certain class of individuals seperate was, “inheriently unequal”!!
    Many will answer back that they did not choose to be born black but that gays consciously, chose to be gay. How utterly outrageous! When presented with this far fetched theory, I usually ask, “When did you CHOOSE to be straight.” To which they reply. “That’s just the way I am.” If it was simply a matter of choice, there would be no gays. No one would consciously “choose” to be gay, knowing full well that their entire life will be filled with ridicule, rejection, and distain. Many gay teens are thrown out on the street my their “Christian” parents. Is it any wonder that suicide remains the leading cause of death in gay teenagers.
    Were you aware that about three years ago a large group of gay military were forced to resign? They all happened to be linguists serving in Iraq, who were fully fluent in Arabic. Now the Bush administration is complaing about the shortage of trained linguists. You obviously can’t have it both ways.
    The entire mind set on this issue defies logic. Some say it would lower the morale or servicemen who
    have to shower with gay’s. Believe me, gays and straights have been showering together in both military and school locker rooms for decades. The military already has an in place a clearly defined code of military conduct. If any individual gay should make an inappropriate advance toward a peer, they should be disciplined. The behavior of any individual should always be addressed on an individual basis, not simply because of who they our. Of course this argument is both too obvious and too logical. A majority of Americans refuse to abandon their puritanical views about sex. So, unfortunately both gay bashing and homophobia will likely remain the mantra for U.S. “CHRISTIANS” for decades to come.