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“Real Men?” Don”t Want Real Men And Women?

Conservative Republicans(are there any other views these days?) are bringing in the Marine Corps in order to prevent the lifting of restrictions on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. Admiral Mike Mullen, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have both urged the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” so Republicans have to find support for their refusal to acknowledge the bravery of American men and women who happen to be gay or lesbian. Retired Marine Corps General John Sheehan will appear at the request of Republican leaders and he will undoubtedly support the anti-repeal views of Marine Corps Commander Gen. James Conway.

Several service men and women who were “outed” from the military because of their sexual views will also testify. There is no doubt each “side”can find people to support their views, but in the end, it comes down to a simple issue –should those currently risking their lives for the United States of America be denied their humanity because of bigotry and hatred?

Is “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Legal?

Ever since institution of the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the armed forces, questions have arisen as to the constitutionality of this procedure. In an overlooked case, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2008 ruling it said for a gay service member discharge to be constitutional, the military must demonstrate that the firing promotes cohesion and discipline in the unit. After all, those defending the policy continual claiming if gays are allowed to openly serve it will destroy morale and cause dissension in units. As of this point in time, there is no evidence of any criteria to judge if a particular gay or lesbian soldier who openly stated a sexual orientation would be damaging unit morale.

We doubt if any military standard can definitely prove firing an open gay or lesbian has somehow protected unit cohesion and morale. We dare the military to offer their criteria!

Does John McCain Recall What He Said About Gays?

In 2006, Senator John McCain expressed his views regarding the presence of gays and lesbians in this manner: “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.” OK, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has come forth to recommend ending the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and McCain along with his Republican buddies are denouncing calls for change. Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has made clear he wants a change in policy and has General David Petraeus whom conservatives regard as a great military leader. The basic argument advanced by Republican congressmen is changing the policy somehow impedes “military effectiveness” as noted by Cong. Gene Taylor.

Lost in their concern about “effectiveness” is any consideration for the effectiveness in combat of gay and lesbian soldiers who are risking their lives in the service of the nation. Latest polls of Americans indicate at least 60% favor changing the policy. It is always so fascinating that so many congressmen who have never served in the military know so much about military effectiveness.

Conservatives Fight Against US Military!

Watch any conservative TV show or read the conservative press and their constant complaints is that President Obama has deserted our military forces and refuses to listen to advice from those who lead the armed forces. A new conservative coalition promised to fight repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on grounds as Elaine Donnelly put it: “our men and women in uniform should not have to pay the bill for political promises the president has made to the left.” The Alliance Defense Fund is particularly concerned that members of the clergy would have to violate their faith by interacting with homosexuals and, heaven’s sake, they might even have to teach others that homosexuals are decent people!

Conservatives are right about one thing, it is time the American people learned who are these left wing Socialist Commies! Here are some of those names:

Colin Powell
Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Robert Gates who served in the administration of the left wing’s primary agent, George Bush.

I am bewildered on one point. Why are these God fearing Americans more concerned about the feelings of chaplains who don’t serve on the firing lines than gays and lesbians who every day risk their lives in the service of the nation?

Malawi Clamps Down On Gays

Police in Malawi have begun a campaign to clamp down on gays and lesbians in the nation after prosecution of the first gay couple in the country to seek being allowed to marry. Thousands of Ugandans demonstrated in the streets of the capital demanding passage of a proposed law that would impose the death penalty for some offenses involving homosexual acts. A spokesman for the police in Malawi said an elderly man had been arrested for sodomizing a young man, and an investigation continues into a supposed ring which allows high profile people to have homosexual acts.

Steven Monajeza and Twonge Chmbalanga were jailed in December for holding a homosexual wedding and they are charged with engaging in unnatural acts and gross indecency. There is no doubt a witch hunt is in full swing and forces of hate are out to get the “homos” and kill them. Although international leaders like Barack Obama condemned these assaults, a large number of Ugandans are out to use violence against gays and lesbians. Yes, we live in the 21st century.

Repeal Gay Ban–Someday Soon!

The Pentagon has begun its review of the current ban on gays and lesbians serving in the armed force as long as they keep their mouth shut about it. Two generals have been assigned the task of investigating any issues that arise from any changes, particularly as they would impact members of the military who are not gay. The fear is creating a back lash once any changes go into effect. A guiding principle that was announced by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is “to minimize disruption and polarization within the ranks, with a special attention paid to those serving in the front lines.” Any change would, of course, require action by the United States Congress.

Why is it that conservatives are concerned about the feelings of those who serve with gays and lesbians, but never with the feelings of gays and lesbians?

Please Read, John McCain!

Senator John McCain repeatedly claims he will oppose the ban on gays and lesbians openly serving in the United States armed forces until he sees evidence that members of the military seek to change the current, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy. The 65,000 members of the Reserve Officers Association,(ROA) voted to end its support for the current policy of denying gays and lesbians to openly serve. A two-thirds majority(get it John, two-thirds)vote did away with the long standing policy of the organization against gays and lesbians in the service. The ROA is considered the most conservative veterans group and as recently as 2004 voted that having gays and lesbians in the armed forces was “detrimental to good order, morale, discipline, recruiting and retention.”

So, John, will you now support the President and leaders of the armed forces?

What Can Government Tell Religion To Do Or Not Do?

The Archbishop of Canterbury made an effort to bring together competing groups within his own church as he confronted the government on its power to make decisions for religious groups. Rowan Williams appealed to conservatives and liberals within the Anglican Church to show tolerance and respect for one another’s ideas over issues such as gay rights. Even as he spoke, Henry Orombi, Archbishop of Uganda, announced his support for legislation that would deny rights to gays and lesbians. Williams recognizes that the Anglican Church can split apart on the issue of gay rights, but it is clear conservatives will not accept any compromise which allows gays and lesbians to be church officials.

At the same time, Rowan Williams expressed dismay over actions by the British government to ensure equality for gays in the Anglican Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was not challenging the right of government to extend equality to gays and lesbians, but he challenged “whether government had the right to tell religious bodies” who they had to hire for church duties.

Rowan Williams raises legitimate issues as to whether religious groups should be subject to government laws about not discriminating against gays and lesbians in hiring. Fortunately, in England there is no one heading the Anglican Church like Bishop Orombi who recently said: “homosexual practice has no place in God’s design of creation.” I will have to check with God on that one.

Gay Tweet Heard Round The World

News about a major change in American military operations circulated around the world and it was expressed in fewer than 140 characters. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tweeted to members of the military: “Stand by what I said: Allowing homosexuals to serve openly is the right thing to do. Comes down to integrity.” Yes, the message is brief, but why does expressing support for human rights require elaborate discussions? As Mullen told members of Congress a few days ago: “No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about what they do in order to defend their fellow citizens.” That is the bottom line and its truth is so evident, only the bigoted can ignore it.

Among the following responses to the tweet were:

“thank you for your integrity,” wrote Annq13

“Let’s hold them to this,” matropolis

“big step forward,” lilbodancer

As citizens of the United States of America we must all apologize to those brave gays and lesbians who died for this country despite being treated as lepers!!

Be Asked And Tell The Truth Without Consqunces!

Last week, Senator John McCain said it was irresponsible on the part of President Obama to get involved in the right of gays and lesbians to serve in the military. This week, Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, said it was time to respect the rights of men and women who have been risking their lives in the service of their country by ending the ridiculous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Gates admitted it might irritate some by conducting a review of the policy in the midst of war, but it is time to move on with the rights of gays and lesbians. Admiral Mullen also told Congress that he completely supports this initiative. “Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal and professional belief that allowing homosexuals to serve openly would be the right thing to do.”

Admiral Mullen told senators, “No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” Nothing more to add to this statement, is there?