Thursday, May 27, 2010

Logic is not prejudice's strong suit

So let's talk about Don't Ask, Don't Tell for a moment, shall we? So. The policy means that gays aren't banned from serving in the military, right? It means that gays and lesbians can serve in the military, but they can't say they're there. And if you do admit you're there or other people find out you're there, then you're kicked out.

Here's what I love (in a bitter sort of way) about the threatened filibuster of the troop funding bill. John McCain is supporting the filibuster because, and I quote: "I'm going to do everything I can to support the men and women of the military and to fight what is clearly a political agenda."

Ummm...does that not include the gay men and women in the military? Cuz they're there, you know. Been a policy for almost 20 years (as opposed to an unspoken practice, which has been forever). And would holding up troop funding to prevent the overturn of DADT not be...oh how should we put this...a political agenda?

My other favorite is the group America's Survival that says that the overturn of DADT would allow "disease tainted gay blood to threaten our troops." Again: dude. Gay people...already in military. You're worried about gays and lesbians being diseased? You'd think the proper homophobic answer would be "We want to know who those gay folks are so we can subject 'em to extra testing! Overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell!"

(Also, as one commenter pointed out: "And I always thought it was bullets and things that explode that 'threaten our troops.' Silly me.")

It's shooting fish in a barrel, I know, to point out how this prejudice is irrational. But what kind of bogeymen are these folks imagining? What are they fighting? The people they're so afraid of are wearing fatigues and defending their country. Talk about sacrifice.  God bless them. 

Comic from Dan Piraro.

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