Will ‘don’t ask’ backers stay?
Now that the travesty “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been repealed, I was just wondering if all those homophobes who wrote in about how its repeal will destroy the military and mankind as we know it will now get out of the military. I mean, will they have the guts to say this policy change goes against everything I believe in and I can no longer serve? Or will they [keep quiet] and stay in a organization that goes against their morals?
You can go to a foreign county, kill the Taliban or whoever else the government says to kill, and that doesn’t affect your morals, but serving next to a gay person does? Hypocrites every last one of you who stay in the service after all of your homophobic rants!
The rabbi who wrote the Dec. 21 letter “No bigoted policy should stand” hit it right on the head, kudos to him. As he said, the homophobes are instruments of the legal process, not interpreters of the Constitution.
Stephen P. Malone
Discrimination link overstated
The Dec. 22 letter “Discrimination link clear now” makes a terrible argument. It makes sense only if you look at the issue on the surface.
Yes, the link between the discrimination of blacks and gays exists in that both were minority groups that were being discriminated against. However, the reasoning for discrimination against blacks was simply prejudice and racism. I won’t say it never happened, but I’m pretty sure the argument was never made that it was immoral for blacks to serve in the military.
The discrimination against gays is an issue of morality for most. Everyone likes to taunt how America is a Christian nation. If this were truly the case, there would be no repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The majority of the laws we have that govern our behavior come from the Bible. I’m not Christian (I’m Jewish), but even I know that America is a Christian nation (they are the majority); our armed forces represent us overseas, therefore we should have high moral standards.
I understand all the technicalities people like to pull, but it clearly states in the Bible: “Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence. … If a man lies with a male, as with a woman, the two of them have done an abhorrent thing; they shall surely be put to death — their bloodguilt is upon them.”
My point is there is a miniscule link between the discrimination of blacks and the discrimination of homosexuals. It definitely isn’t for some but, for the rest of us, it’s a question of morality.
Sgt. John Linton Gayle Jr.
Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait
Three faiths on same page
Why is it that the three biggest religions in the U.S. (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) say that homosexuality is morally wrong and yet no one will say it publicly. Apparently what “I” believe is more important than what God says in either the Bible, Torah or Quran.
To me, this shows that we have a very “shallow faith” society.
Chaplain (Maj.) Darin Olson
Brussels Garrison, Belgium