Thursday, May 27, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell: The Demonization Begins

Under the No Surprise Here category. The Obama administration announced a compromise on Don't Ask/Don't Tell on Tuesday and it only took one day for GOP constituency groups like the Family Research Council to start painting gays in the military as a chamber of horrors.
Here's how the Family Research Council envisions things going if Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed: first, more straight soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines will be fellated in their sleep against their will. Then, commanders afraid of being labeled homophobes will refuse to do anything about it. Eventually, the straight service members will quit out of fear.
The Family Research Council is one of the most important groups on the religious right and their leadership is just as much a part of the Republican elite as Dick Cheney.

No doubt other GOP groups will be rolling out this kind of stuff in the coming days. John McCain and other Republican senators have also threatened to filibuster the defense bill if it contains language repealing Don't Ask/Don't Tell.

If Rush Limbaugh is an Army of One, he's an Army of One for the Party of Hate.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it is funny that the right is willing to violate the 4th Amendment and habeas corpus in the name of fighting terrorism, but they aren't willing to ignore an obscure Old Testament rule in order to ensure that desperately needed Arabic translators aren't unnecessarily fired. Imagine how much ridicule the military would earn if it applied other Old Testament rules. For example, Leviticus 19:19 forbids clothing made of two types of fabric. Does that mean the military should stop using uniforms that are 50% cotton, 50% polyester (or take off the tags for the sake of "unit cohesion")? No, of course not. Why can't we ignore the byzantine prohibitions against homosexuality the same way we do Lev. 19:19?