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Protect Gay Military Rights Insist Gay Republicans

Log Cabin Republicans, a group who undoubtedly will not be regarded by members of Congress such as Senator John McCain, are determined to fight for the right of those in the military who are gay or lesbian. As attorney Don Woods notes, “we’re trying to get this changed right away. After all, there are people today dying for our country while their constitutional rights are violated.” His group seeks to challenge the constitutionality of the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which requires discharging any gay or lesbian member of the military who openly states their sexual beliefs. The Justice Department has made clear it will defend the constitutionality of the existing law even though President Obama seeks to have it changed by Congress.

The entire issue of “allowing” gays and lesbians to serve their nation is somewhat ludicrous. Men and women are willing to risk their lives at a time when less than one percent of the population has such an attitude should result in happiness for their decision to be in the armed forces. Any American who voluntarily joins the military deserves the thanks of the nation. Period.

Don’t Ask But Tell About Gay Rights

The Pentagon is sending out to 400,000 members of the military a survey which seeks to ascertain their views regarding proposals to end the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays and lesbians. Among the questions are: “If don’t ask, don’t tell is repealed and you had on-base housing and a gay or lesbian service member was living with a same-sex partner on-base, what would you most likely do?” There are eight possible answers, two suggest normal behavior or an effort to get to know the person, four suggest discomfort or even moving off the base, one poses don’t know and the other, something else. Several gay advocacy groups are upset at wording in the survey. Alexander Nicholson of Servicemembers, argues, “it is simply impossible to imagine a survey with such derogatory and insulting wording, assumptions, and insinuations going out about any other minority group in the military.” He points out the word, “homosexual” is used in the survey, a word that is generally not employed in most surveys.

A Military Times poll has shown that most troops generally agree with the current policy, but opposition to repeal is steadily declining. In 1952, during the Korean War, I worked on the integration plan for the US 7th Army in Germany. We developed a plan, informed officers about it, implemented the plan and within several months the 7th Army was integrated. We did have opposition from some white soldiers who were informed they had two choices, accept integration or orders for front line combat in Korea would be cut within 24 hours. There are times when the right thing must be done, regardless of whether troops like it or not.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Impacts Women And Minorities!

President Obama in his run for the presidency promised to institute changes in the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which compels those who serve the nation to become liars if they wish to continue risking their lives in order to protect the American people. A new study reveals a rather unusual aspect of this policy. Of the 619 members of the armed forces who openly spoke about their sexual orientation and were discharged, 209 were women and 279 belonged to groups that are classified as being minority members. Captain Julianne Sohn, who was discharged after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, notes the policy “is like snapshot of institutional prejudice.” Evelyn Thomas, a black lesbian who was discharged from the Marines pointed out, “for people of color and women, the military is an opportunity to advance in life.” A Pentagon spokesperson, Cynthia Smith says the military does not have a clue as to why there might be this disproportionate figure, and they are barred by the law from making any such analysis.

Servicemembers United examined Pentagon figures and concluded in 2008 about 45% of service members who were discharged under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy were from minorities even though these groups constitute about 30% of the military force. Women were 34% of those discharged even though women are only 14% of the military. The figures do not lie, there IS discrimination in applying this policy.

Bishop Tutu Fights For Gay Rights In Africa!

During the past half century the people of Africa finally gained their independence from colonial rulers, but the lesson of equality and freedom hardly appears to have sunk into the consciousness of Africans who currently are gripped by a homophobic rage that has resulted in brutal treatment of gays and lesbians. Bishop Desmond Tutu added his voice to those opposing such behavior and called upon leaders in Uganda to cease the trial of two men who announced to the world their love and currently are on trial and facing life imprisonment or death. Tutu joined with 60 human rights activists who fear that anti gay attitudes are transforming too many African nations into centers of hate and violence. As a Human Rights spokesperson noted: “the case(of the two men) is an affront to essential principles of non-discrimination and equality. It singles out two people as criminals simply because they love one another.”

Gay and lesbian behavior is illegal in 36 African nations. One can only wonder if in bringing Christianity to the “dark continent,” other dark notions were brought along?

Gay Hating Imam Speaks To Swedish Young Muslims

Muslims become upset when a cartoonist draws pictures they regard as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, but, for some reason, they never become upset when people of their religion insult other groups. The Swedish Young Muslims wanted a speaker for their annual conference and asked Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick from the United States to share his ideas with the group. As it turns out, the Sheikh has termed Jews, “dirty people” and advocated the execution of homosexuals, ideas which certainly are not popular with many non-Muslims. A head of Sweden’s gay-lesbian group was shocked that a Muslim group which supposedly stood for equal rights would invite such a man of hate to speak at their conference.

As of this date, the only comment from the Young Muslims is they were not entirely familiar with the ideas of the Sheikh. Huh? You invite people to speak and do not know what they will be saying?

Separate Foxholes For Gay Marines!

General James Conway is commander of ALL Marines, but he apparently does not regard the men under his authority as being equal members of the Corps. He suggested in a recent interview of his disapproval toward recent decisions by Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, concerning the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays. “I would not ask our Marines to live with someone who is homosexual if we can possibly avoid it. And to me that means we have to build separate BEQs(bachelor enlisted quarters)and have single rooms.” His idiotic remarks came soon after General Benjamin Mixon urged soldiers under his command to write protests to members of Congress about changes in gay laws.

I assume if Marines can not live in the same barracks with gays and lesbians that it stands to reason when in combat those deviants should dig separate fox holes. After all, being together in a foxhole results in being physically together.

I also assume General Conway would not allow Marines to take the blood of gay and lesbian deviants. Better to die a straight Marine than to have the blood of a gay one!!

Buggery Is Buggery Say Malawi Ministers!

Hundreds of years ago, missionaries from western nations forced their way into Africa in order to spread the word of Jesus Christ about love and peace in the world. Somewhere along the path of love, Protestant churches in east Africa got sidetracked into believing Christianity meant hating those who differ. The Council of Churches in Malawi expressed their anger toward western nations which threaten to withhold aid to their impoverished nation because of its anti-gay laws. A recent case involving two gay men might result in prison sentences of up to 14 years for the men. Bishop Joseph ”Burumbwe said ministers unanimously agreed that homosexuality was a sin that should be punished.

Chief Justice Lovemore Manlo supported church leaders and emphasized the law was clear about the offence of buggery and indecent sexual practices. One would expect that an individual with the name of “Lovemore” might have some love in his heart for those who differ with him.

Fighting For Gay Rights Again And Again

Lt. Daniel Choi is a member of the United States Army and a veteran of the war in Iraq, but, unlike most such individuals who have served their country in time of war, he is gay and that means he is not entitled to be a member of the armed forces. Ironically, he has less rights in this nation than those who refuse to serve in time of war. U.S. Park Police arrested him because of an attempt to handcuff himself to the gates of the White House. Choi and fellow gay, James Pietrangelo, who is a plaintiff protesting his dismissal from the Army for being a homosexual, were part of rallies held in Washington D.C. to demand an end to the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

There will be other rallies and demonstrations as Americans fight for the rights of gays and lesbians just as the struggle for black rights dominated the sixties. At some point in the future, Americans will pose a simple question–why do we deny rights to our brothers and sisters because they are different?

“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!