donderdag 18 juli 2024

1 gedachte over “Wat zou John the Soldier denken?

  1. As an US soldier, based in Europe, I’m speaking only on my own behalf and not for the military or US government.

    First of all: you should hear some of the stories from soldiers who’ve been to Iraq / Afganistan as far as just how not accepted homosexuality is. Phrases such as “Women are for children, men are for fun” is what they overhear from the Iraqis / Afganis.

    Anyway, I think the writer misses the point. And the US military is by no means worried about its reputation around the world
    at least not in this issue. If you haven’t already read it, here’s a link to the report on a recent survey of US military personnel conducted by the dept of defense regarding ‘Dont ask dont tell’: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/DADT_Defense_Department_report.pdf
    In short, it says that nearly 2/3 of respondants said that the repeal of dont ask dont tell will have a “Positive, Little, or No effect on their ability to work together to get the job done”
    and its important to note that the most vocal opponents of repeal are almost always of the older generation and chaplains.

    I’ve been following this very closely, especially in the editorial page of the Stars & Stripes (a newspaper for US soldiers overseas)
    anyway, i’ve been following this for several years now, and without fail, opponents of repeal’s arguements are based only on biblical reference. What’s most silly about all this is that there have been homosexuals in the US military since its inception they’ve just had to lie about their preference. And since, in the army at least, we are supposed to conduct ourselves according to the Army Values of “Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage” How does saying, “You can serve, but you have to lie about who you fuck” fit in with any of those values?

    The law has been signed, but not yet implemented so DADT is still in effect for the time being, but the secretary of defense has changed the way its enforced so that in order to actually put someone out of the military for being gay, the paperwork has to be signed by the Secretary of each individual service, army/navy/marines/air force, which is so far above my pay grade that it would take at least a year for it to elevated to that level. There is so much bureaucracy between here and there that at this point, by the time it actually got to the secretary’s desk, it would no longer apply.

    Anyway, getting rid of DADT is only the first hurdle for homosexuals in the military. Once the repeal is acted on, gay and lesbian soldiers still won’t have equal rights when it comes to dependants. At least they won’t have to lie anymore but they won’t be granted the same opportunities as straight soldiers… such as housing options for married couples, seperation pay during deployments, medical benefits for married couples, and so on. But I do believe that the repeal of DADT is the death knell for opponents of gay marraige in the US. Not to mention a current court case in the 9th district court of appeals challenging the constitutionality of a recent voter initiative in California which made gay marraige once again illegal. Which the governor and district attorney of California have both said they won’t defend.

    And most infuriating to me, as an atheist, is that the one and only argument against gay marriage, or gays in the military, or gays being allowed to exist at all, is consistently, “THE BIBLE SEZ ITS BAD!”

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