WELCOME &
OUR MISSION

In a country that doesn't (officially) recognize state-sponsored religion, whose Constitution says "all men are created equal," where bigotry and bias are abhorred — why do otherwise intelligent and sensitive people feel they can engage in hate speech against gay people?

Despite tenets such as [More...]


BLOG ROLL



WANT TO BE PART
OF THE GAYMAFIA?

We're seeking other writers who would like to monitor news reports and file their discoveries and perspectives here. If you're interested, click here to send an e-mail.


SEND NEWS
TIPS HERE


CLICK HERE
TO JOIN THE
UPDATE LIST

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Defend the Country

Perhaps you're one of the people who remains passive about why it's important to combat homophobia. If you're not gay, it's easy to think, "Who really is hurt by such prejudice?" Quick answer, as this L.A. Times article illustrates: The entire nation.


Military's Self-Inflicted Wound

As the Pentagon begins its open-ended review of U.S. strategy in Iraq, military leaders face withering attacks for having insufficient boots on the ground, for making National Guard troops into regular soldiers and for involuntary recalls of thousands of former service members who returned to civilian life long ago, most believing they would never again wear a uniform.

But at the same time that the U.S. armed forces are hurting for qualified soldiers, they're also firing qualified soldiers just because they're gay. According to Pentagon statistics, three to four gays and lesbians, on average, have been sacked every day for the last decade.

Worse, many of those discharged include badly needed infantrymen, nuclear power engineers, missile guidance and control operators and nuclear, biological and chemical warfare specialists. Another category in short supply, translators, was highlighted last week with the publication of data I obtained from the Pentagon that reveal that since 1998, 26 Arabic and Farsi language speakers have been fired from the military for homosexuality.

...Imagine that it is possible to go back to Sept. 10, 2001, when intercepted cables warning of the impending terrorist attacks sat unread, in part because of our shortage of capable translators. Now pose a question to those who endorse "don't ask, don't tell" or a flat-out ban on gays in the military: Are your objections to homosexuality so strong that you support the discharge of all those linguists who lost their jobs for being gay, or are you willing to back-burner your concerns to do what is best for the military and the country?

With our armed forces stretched thin, our leaders should consider whether we can afford to place outdated ideas about homosexuality above military effectiveness. Isn't it time to face facts? -- Aaron Belkin


Read the entire column here --> http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-belkin19jan19,1,5365048.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

ADVERTISEMENTS

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at the United Church of Christ.


PREVIOUS POSTS

You're Next, Peppermint Patty
Reality Check
Out, Damn Politician! Out!
Call the Wedding Planner...
It's All about Love
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Breakfast at the White House
Call the Wedding Planner...
Breakfast at the White House
Call the Wedding Planner...


ARCHIVES

10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004 11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004 12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005 01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005 02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005 03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005 04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005 09/01/2005 - 10/01/2005 10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005 11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005 12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006 01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006 02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006 03/01/2006 - 04/01/2006 04/01/2006 - 05/01/2006 05/01/2006 - 06/01/2006 06/01/2006 - 07/01/2006 05/01/2007 - 06/01/2007 10/01/2007 - 11/01/2007