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15 March 2007
Well, it's happened again.
A senior U.S. Army Chief, Marine General Peter Pace, has likened gay men and women to adulterers. It seems that gay men and women are to be told, at birth, that they should forever be denied the comfort of a partner, they should never fall in love, they should never express their love because to do so would be morally wrong.
Purple Heart recipient and proudly gay American hero, Staff Sgt. Eric Alva USMC, responds
(My friend, JoyZeeBoy, discusses this in his entry today too. An excellent comment, "How demoralizing is it for the closeted gay troops under his command, quietly upholding THEIR end of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' bargain, to know that their ultimate military commander thinks that they are 'immoral'?")
Interesting that this comes at a time when we are discussing the multiple marriages and affairs of potential presidential candidates.
When you spend a lot of time arguing the rights of homosexuals, you learn a lot of things. For one, you learn that people can't really explain their homophobia, they just know it's wrong. Period. My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts.
I came in to a discussion on Senior Net where a man was backing General Pace's statement by saying:
He is backed up by a woman who says:
The thing about people like this, I have discovered over the years, is that they are incapable of dialog on this issue. When backed into a corner and asked specific questions, they disappear.
I asked the man quoted above this question:
Huh? When I pushed again as to why he personally felt threatened by the presence of a gay man, he stopped answering questions. He dropped out of the discussion entirely. This happens over and over again. All they know is that they are terrified, but they can't give a logical reason why. (Because there is no logical reason, I suspect!)
As I pointed out, if a guy wanted to meet another man, he could certainly find an easier, more pleasant way to do it than signing up for a hitch in the military where he would be outnumbered by straight guys in top physical condition who could beat him to a bloody pulp; where he could risk being killed in combat; where he could be imprisoned if he made a move on another soldier.
I hope people check out some of the "10 Couples" videos listed under "Look at these videos." It kind of ties into this whole thing, a "reality show" look at gay couples, where you discover they are not so different from straight couples, just as gay people are not so different from straight people, and are just as capable of self-restraint as most people, and probably more capable of self-restraint than people like some of the current crop of presidential candidates.
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