Monday, March 12, 2007

Gays in the military

Ignoring the fact that gay American blood spilt in defense of America and Americans is just as red as straight American blood spilt in defense of America and Americans, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Peter Pace said:

"...the military should not 'condone' immoral behavior by allowing gay soldiers to serve openly."
Apparently 10k service members have been dismissed as a result of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Shockingly:
"Among those discharged were more than 322 linguists, including 54 Arabic specialists..."
Fifty-four gay Arab linguists? That seems like an awfully high number. Gay Arabs are probably a small number alone. Gay Arab linguists even smaller. Gay Arab linguists willing to serve in the U.S. military? Wow.

Count 'em: 54. And we got rid of them. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign rightly pointed out:
"The real question is: what is moral about discharging qualified linguists during a time of war simply for being gay or lesbian?"

1 comment:

Bill Baar said...

Congress should change the Act of Congress Gen Pace's sworn to uphold (an oath he'd honor regardless of sexual ethics).

Speaker Pelosi's apparant unwareness of her power to change means she's a fool or too frightened to be responsible for change.

Either pick means she's no progressive.

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