Political Thought – Gays In The Military

by kalbzayn on June 3, 2007

I read this AP article that was posted at a few places at the end of last month.

It is about 58 gay Arabic linguists that have been kicked out of the military for being gay.

I was in the military, was an Arabic linguist, had friends that were gay…some of which were kicked out of the military for it. So, forgive me if I have an opinion on this.

The uproar seems to be about whether the military can afford to be without the 58 Arabic linguists these days without compromising our national security.

Sorry, but our national security has nothing to do with why these men and women should not be getting kicked out of the military.

Being gay is allowed in this country. We don’t kick people out of the military for not saving for their retirement, being vegetarian, or watching Lindsay Lohan movies. We do not kick people out of the military for driving Hummer’s or leaving the lights on in their house during the day. We do not kick people out of the military for being Christian, atheist, or Muslim.

Nobody should get kicked out of the military for participating in activities or lifestyles that are perfectly legal.

If the military/government hot shots are going to suggest that gays in the military are going to be disruptive to the straight people in the military, perhaps they need to take a really close look at the people they are letting in the military. In my experience very few people cared and those that did were able to be polite and go about their life and job. Gays and lesbians did not cause more trouble nor receive more harassment than most other people in the military.

Before committing more troops for missions that will promote democracy and freedom throughout the world, we might want to consider promoting a little freedom and tolerance within our own military/government and get rid of this petty, antiquated rule and end up with a stronger military in the long run.

{ 3 comments }

strugglingwriter June 4, 2007 at 12:36 pm

I totally agree with you here. If someone wants to put their life on the line for their country why stop them? It just doesn’t make sense.

I guess the whole reason for the current policy is to appease the right wing conservative Christians.

kalbzayn June 6, 2007 at 9:28 am

Crap. I’ve commented on this twice and lost the comment both times.

Anyway, the thing that amazes me is that the military can get away with such discriminatory higher practices. If Wal-Mart or Google or even the White House tried to pass a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” type of policy it would never fly.

BenBob June 11, 2007 at 11:06 am

I think all the other comparisons you make involve a choice: movies, religions, etc.

Being gay is not a choice, however.

I agree that gays should be allowed in the military, though.

good post . . . .

BW

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