Wednesday, April 23, 2008
In a foxhole with Charles Manson?
I read yesterday that the US military is continuing to lower its recruitment standards to partially counter the effect of the disaster in Iraq, even to the point of welcoming convicted felons into the ranks. Among these new recruits are men convicted of sex crimes - given the appalling problems of rape and sexual harassment faced by women in uniform already, this can't represent progress.
How does this new recruitment policy affect the homophobic "Don't ask; don't tell" policy? Don't ask.
Apparently, convicted felons are less of a threat than homosexuals to unit cohesion. Are you buying that? Really?
Isn't it quite clear that this is all about the prejudice and animosity of Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians toward homosexuality? As in the case of "intelligent design" we now see clearly through the pretenses and excuses to the heart of the matter. The religious prejudice of senior military leaders is the only reason gays have been excluded from serving in the military.
Yes, the very same senior military leaders who planned the Iraq war, and who ran the prison at Abu Ghraib, and who have given Bush cover to carry out this charade he calls the "surge" to enable him to pass this war onto the next president - these are the people whose judgment we are asked to accept as sole justification of "Don't ask; don't tell".
Pray, don't make me laugh!
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