Get facts straight on gays
In response to the articles under the "Do ask, do tell" headline (April 21), I find it ironic that the nonmilitary advocates in favor of removing the "don’t ask, don’t tell" law and policy are so quick to ignore and trample the rights of heterosexual servicemembers serving in our military, to not only attempt to advance their own agenda of immorality upon us, but to force it upon those servicemembers who most object to it, as well.
Nathaniel Frank of the Palm Center insists that moving a "straight" servicemember forced to room with an open homosexual would be "counterproductive" to the idea of homosexual integration ("Will gay and straight soldiers be forced to room together?")
Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress insists that commanders should clearly state that "housing and bathroom facilities won’t be segregated, and those who don’t like it will just have to lump it — as they do when sharing facilities with troops who have contrasting personality traits and habits."
Homosexuality is much more than a mere contrast of personality traits and habits! It is an "in-our-face" conflict of morality and behavior! Homosexuality, unlike the color of one’s skin, seems to me to have connections to a wide variance of issues and negative environments a young person may face while going through adolescence and sexual development.
I am not suggesting that the behavior isn’t very real and intensely felt by those who do experience it. What I am suggesting is that it is clearly not what these advocates insist it is, and that it is, in fact, far from it!
Let’s get the facts straight on homosexuality first, before a liberal-minded government begins to force the acceptance of it amid the ranks of our vital and much-needed military.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dean BaileyAl Asad Air Base, Iraq