Valley News Live Local/Regional reported today that a majority of U.S. Military troops and their spouses are ok with repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays and lesbians in the military. 115,000 troops and 40,000 spouses were surveyed to generate a decision by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to try to get the old policy repealed, which was enacted in 1993.
President Obama would like to see the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy removed by year’s end, which would result in gays and lesbians serving openly in the military machine—13,000 gays and lesbians have been expelled from the military since 1993 for being homosexual. Most Republicans, most of whom represent religious—not spiritual—factions of our society oppose the repealing of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Who’s to judge such nonsense?
This whole issue speaks to the religious/spiritual divide in our country and the political implications of it. Who are the Republicans in Congress to try eliminate any group of legal, competent and fit American adults from serving in our Armed Forces, when the men and women who are already serving are ok with it themselves? What kind of bigotry are their religions indoctrinating them with?
I was conditioned, growing up in the old Lutheran Church, that homosexuality was a sin. My family reinforced this indoctrination. As I was freed from my conditioning, I was at first threatened and fearful of gays and lesbians. With maturity and freedom of thought, I have come to a place of acceptance and even appreciation of what these citizens have to offer our society—as an integral part of our society. Think of what 13,000 additional military men and women could have done to bolster our Armed Forces alone!
It’s time for America to grow up in its attitude toward diverse groups overall; diversity is here to stay, and we damn well better accept it. Right-wing Christian religious sects need to update and fast-forward their agendas to include all of God’s children in equanimity and behold them in unconditional love and acceptance rather than condescending bigotry, scapegoating and overall condemnation. The Bible was written in an obsolete cultural context that cannot be ignored and must be acknowledged. It must be updated with the passage of time, like every other cultural phenomenon. Wake-up, Bible-bangers…
Practice what you preach, but not if you preach hatred or “forgiveness” for something that’s as normal for gays as heterosexuality is for straight people. You have superseded your god-given rights, when you denigrate or deny gays and lesbians the dignity to serve their country or express themselves or treat you respectfully like you would expect of yourself or any straight person you interact with.