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7 June 2007
With all that is going on in the world today, I realize that gay rights come right down at the bottom of the list for most people (unless you are gay and are being denied them), but I watched the Republican Debate last night and watched as each candidate answered Wolf Blitzer's question about gays serving in the military.
The question started by pointing out the large number of trained, fluent Farsi, Arabic and other Middle Eastern language speakers and translators who have been released from service because it was discovered that they were gay.
Blitzer then asked who among the group felt that the time was right to allow gay men and women to serve openly in the Armed Forces.
One by one they hemmed and hawed and said that it was a question of morality and that immoral behavior could not be tolerated and that "don't ask, don't tell" has been working well and they didn't feel there was any reason to change it.
Apparently they are of the mind that admitting your attractions are for someone of the same sex is the same thing as "immoral behavior" and that someone who thinks the guy or gal in the next bunk is cute is not fit to fire a gun in defense of our freedoms....or translate the language of an enemy we do not understand.
It's a good thing that our television is a bit of a distance from my chair and that I'm a lousy shot because I wanted to throw lots of stuff at each and every one of them.
When are straight human being going to understand that same-sex attraction is no more a guarantee of immoral behavior than opposite sex attraction is a guarantee that a woman will be raped by any man who thinks she has an attractive pair of boobs?
I am constantly hearing jokes about "don't bend over in the shower," when discussing gay men in the military, or on sporting teams. Can't you just picture one man trying to penetrate another man while surrounded by a whole group of homophobic straight men at the peak of their physical prowess? How dumb would a gay guy have to be to attempt something like that? And how narcissistic are straight men to assume that they are irresistible to every gay man? And who is to assume that gay men are any less capable of behaving properly in public?
I can't remember where I read it, and I can't remember when this took place, but it was about a woman who graduated from a Catholic university, which refused to give her a teaching credential because she was a lesbian. She later attended a public college and received her credential and went on to teach for more than 30 years, but because she wore pants and a shirt to school in an era when it was more proper for women to wear a dress, she was charged with molestation for touching a female student. Not improperly touching a female student, mind you, but merely for touching her.
When are (some) straight Americans going to stop the witch hunt?
Apparently not any time soon, since the Man in the White House had just nominated as Surgeon General, a man who
– founded Hope Springs Community Church, which “ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian.” Holsinger said that he sees homosexuality as “an issue not of orientation but of lifestyle.” [Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/1/07]
a man who
The Man in the White House, in nominating James W. Holsinger to this post, promises that he "will be charged with providing the best scientific information available on how Americans can make smart choices that improve their health and reduce their risk of illness and injury. … I am confident that Dr. Holsinger will help our Nation confront this challenge and many others to ensure that Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives."
Unless you're gay, of course.
I wonder when Mary Cheney and her partner are going to be "cured."
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Do you really care if this guy is gay or straight?
This is entry #2626