Oh, fucker.Am I to understand that no one in public life or authority today is permitted to subscribe to moral codes that have served the Judeo-Christian world for the last 5,000 years?
I'm mystified by this controversy.
Gen. Pace simply uttered a deeply held conviction, one I would dare say is shared by the vast majority of Americans, and became a source of controversy over it.
Presumably, if he had said he didn't believe homosexual activities were immoral, that would have been OK.
Nevertheless, it would still have been a statement based on his own personal morality.
So, it seems to me there is an effort here to isolate and marginalize one specific moral code from public utterances and public policy. And that would be the Judeo-Christian moral code.
I don't know about you, but I take offense at that kind of witch-hunting.
Again, with this ridiculous bullshittery. Every time a Christer screams 'persecution', Hitler shoves another pitchfork up pope John Paul II's asshole. Every time they use homosexuality as a club to beat us with for political gain and other wedge issues, I feel compelled to call out this utter lunacy. Face it, whether you want to or not - ALL anti-gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender activism is religious in nature. Barring base logic and common sense, part of why I am an athiest is also because I am a gay man - which is the root of why I am emphatically anti-religion. I've seen first hand how the church comes out swinging against us time and time again, and there are a precious few who will stand up to them. What I find most interesting here is the politicking going on around the core issue, which is whether or not homosexuality is immoral. When asked "What do you think of Gen. Pace's comment that homosexual acts are immoral?", the Freepers go wild. And fundies too. All in all, every bigoted anti-gay organization and fundamentalist church wants to weigh in and throw their own chaff at this.
On the one hand, you have people like General Pace, who flatly condemns homosexuality, hiding behind Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The usual suspects jump on the opportunity to court the Evangelical Christian vote by placating this type of bullshit and pandering to the fundies.
Then there's the other hand, with sensible people calling this exactly what it is - BULLSHIT. John Warner (R-VA) rebukes Pace in a statement. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson has come out against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a Washington Post editorial. Their arguments are rooted in logic and sound reasoning, none of which the religious hand jobs have. I've written before on the fact that I am very much anti-religion, as religion (in my view and that of many others) does more harm than good throughout the world. See also gay Republicans. Is there a more self loathing group? Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. They're always the ones who cry foul when one of those they play lapdog to says or does something in line with the Republican tradition, though - practically without fail. Feel free to completely discount the LCR, they're so out of touch with reality it's laughable.
After consulting the political machine for how many cool points they would win or take a hit on, Hillary & Barack finally come out on this issue. Of course, they wouldn't answer outright when called on the carpet about it, but hey - better late than never they say.
Here's a video I found on Don't Ask, Don't Tell:
Testimonials to overturn the ban on gays in the military