Gays Don’t Have an Equal Right to Kill

My whole life it seems “gays in the military” has been an issue. Liberal democrats and gay activists have been arguing for years with right-wingers and the military establishment over the issues surrounding the right of homosexuals to fight in the armed forces — from troop morale to religious morality, everyone’s got a problem. Bill Clinton attempted to defuse the issue with his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy neutering the military’s witch hunters and silencing would-be out-and-proud gay soldiers, but the next wave in this socially liberated age is to fight for gays to be allowed to openly, outwardly, “serve their country.” Not surprisingly, the military establishment objects.

My stance has always been one of ambivalence. Obviously I’m against the government discriminating against people for any reason, but I always thought the gay ban was great for those young people, gay or straight, who needed the out (hah) from a possible future draft. On the other hand, there is the admittedly shocking dismissal of many gay Arabic interpreters in a time when the military would admit to desperately needing their skillset. But now that the subject has been brought up again, I realize I finally have a solid viewpoint: I am completely against the ban being lifted.

Gay people do not have the equal right to join an organization, government-run or not, that seizes vast amounts of American wealth, weaponizes it, and then detonates it in foreign countries full of innocent people who have caused the United States no harm — and in the process destroying them and their wealth, turning their kinsmen against us in rage. There’s nothing progressive about claiming they do. I support the military’s ban on gays in the military, and I do not at all sympathize with those heartbroken homosexuals who have been ousted. Their pain is nothing compared to that wrought the world over by the organization they hope to join or re-up with.

On the issue of gay marriage, I don’t feel the same way — equal legal rights should be extended to all parties no matter what I think about the institution of marriage. But not so when it comes to literal life-and-death issues of war and occupation.

Want to serve your country? We’re in a recession — start a business, soldier.

  • David Smith

    Now if we can just get them to ban straight people from the military as well, we will finally be getting somewhere.

    • hah, exactly

    • Bob

      True but I could never understand the terms gay and straight. Are gay people happier than everyone else? If straight people are straight are gay people crooked? Hmm…

  • I guess what you are saying is that no one has the right to participate in the US government aggression against the rest of the world. So obviously "the gays" do not either. And the fewer people "permitted" to do this the better. QED.

    This is a hard-core anti-US military stance.

    What if the US military simply defended poor widows and orphans?

  • Reg Stocking

    Either this is a frightfully dry spoof of the author is batstuff crazy. It's impossible to tell which. The big evil isn't that the US has a large and potentially effective military. We don't live in a nice clean peaceful world, do we? The big evil is that power-tripping executives can send our military in harm's way without considering the costs, much less the right and wrong of the situation.

    • I see. We disagree on the inherent value of the military so I'm as crazy as a person can be.

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  • They should just ban the military.

    • Amen to that. Years ago at an anti-war rally I saw the following sign that summed up my feelings, nicely:

      "No Gays in the Military
      No PEOPLE in the Military
      No Military in the People."

  • be careful what you wish for. i asume as soon as the dod has its drone army they will ban any one with critical thinking capacity

  • "hey will ban any one with critical thinking capacity "

    Don't they already do that at boot camp?