Lift the (Anti-Gay) Ban

June 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm 6 comments

Here is a great new video outlining just how stupid the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers is. It features Stephen Benjamin, an Arabic linguist who is read, able and willing to serve. But, he also happens to be gay and not considered worthy of being in the military.

11,000 soldiers have been thrown out of the military since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell became law. It really makes you wonder what kind of jackasses we have running our government. 

Read Stephen’s recent New York Times here.

 

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Entry filed under: Advocacy, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats, Iraq, LGBT, Liberals, Military, Politics, Republicans, Video, War, YouTube.

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  • 1. arclightzero  |  June 19, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    You’ve got to look at the bigger picture. It’s really just that simple. Making demands just because this is supposed to be a politically correct world is ignorant thinking at its worst…

    I won’t repeat my stance on the topic, but if you’re interested in reading my arguments, check it out at
    http://arclightzero.wordpress.com/2007/06/08/dont-ask-dont-tell-redux-why-it-needs-to-stay/

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  • 2. nytexan  |  June 19, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the Clinton failure of a huge promise he made to the gay community when he was asking for votes and money.

    The homophobic right wing has carried it to it’s fullest. The rule need to be repealed so anyone can serve.

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  • 3. Thomas Nikl  |  June 19, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    I disagree with the rule, morally, but if I was ever forced to go to Iraq (under this President) I’d thank God for this rule, and promptly act as gay as humanly possible, in hopes that I’d be sent home.

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  • 4. nytexan  |  June 19, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Thomas:
    I won’t get into the moral aspect with you, but I think you have a plan.

    I’m sure that many people who believe being gay is immoral probable use the rule to their advantage when it’s necessary or available. It then becomes moral for their purpose.

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  • 5. bloggernista  |  June 20, 2007 at 6:54 am

    The issue is simple to me. Either LGBT Americans should receive equal treatment under the law to non-gay Americans or we should not. If you think we should receive unequal treatment, then you have to explain why. No, the ridiculous rhetoric about Adam and Steve, unit cohesion, the sanctity of marriage doesn’t cut it.

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  • 6. arclightzero  |  June 20, 2007 at 10:13 am

    bloggernista, you speak with conviction, but you have no weight to your argument. Have you been there? Have you served in the military? Do you have any basis for your arguments beyond your demand for equality?

    You need to ask the people who have the experience of having been there and done that. As somebody who has, I will simply say that right now it won’t work. You can’t hope to force a large number of people who are morally opposed to something to deal with it openly. They won’t.

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