Sunday, December 17

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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I could perhaps understand the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy if this were about one-hundred years ago, and women weren’t serving in the armed forces yet, but in this day and age, it really does not make sense anymore. Women have been serving in the military for quite some time now, and it hasn’t led to a complete and utter breakdown of our country’s defense system, so why would allowing gay men and women in the military be any more hazardous to the health of the armed forces?

Last time I checked the percentage of gay men and women in the world is fairly small compared to the amount of straight people. That means that straight men and women have been serving side by side in the military for years, and as science and basic instinct tells us, straight men and women are naturally attracted to one another. So why then do people worry about gay men and women serving in the military? How can it be any more dangerous than straight men and women serving together? Why is alright for a man to be aroused by a fellow female soldier, but not by a fellow male soldier?

There seems to be a certain misconception that homosexuals are also for some reason “hypersexual” and that basically they want to have sex with anything that moves. This is simply not true. Homosexuals are exactly like heterosexuals except that they are attracted to their own sex instead of the opposite sex. Just as there are a few straight people who can’t “keep it in their pants” there are also a few homosexuals who can’t “keep it in their pants,” but just like most heterosexuals don’t have a sex addiction, neither do most homosexuals.

So far the military hasn’t been swamped with accounts of straight men and women so interested in sex that they forget to serve their country, and neither will it happen if they allow gay men and women to openly serve. As long as straight men and women (who are made by nature to be attracted to one another) can serve together, it is simply bigotry to prevent gays from openly serving. There will be no adverse effects from allows gays to serve that would not have already occurred when women began serving. These people want to serve their country, they are ready to put their lives in harm’s way for the good of others, and yet they are not allowed to because of a long outdated predjudice against them. It is time repeal a ridicuous ban on gays in the military, that has no scientific basis whatsoever.

I leave you with the thought provoking words of Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovitch, a vietnam war veteran who recieved both the purple heart and the bronze star: “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”

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