An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 19 December 2010
Andrew Klavan is on the job!
I have a dilemma. On one hand, my faith tells me that homosexuality is wrong. Says so, right there in the Bible. There’s a darn good reason God gave us laws about such things. What is natural, and what is NOT natural (existing in or formed by nature) are pretty much dictated by my faith first, and rational thinking second. Think wall sockets, and electrical plugs.
On the other hand, I don’t give a flying flip if you’re gay. I don’t avoid gay people. I’ve known many gay people. Good people, too! Most don’t bother me a bit. Some I’ve met, well, they just give me the heebie jeebies, but then I’ve met quite a few of the heterosexuals types that give me the heebie jeebies, as well. Most of them would be considered liberal/progressive. (Shoot, let’s just call ‘em what they are….socialists!) If I was one of those people who could afford to have my home professionally decorated, I sure wouldn’t seek out a straight person to do the job!
So, when it comes to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell….I’m a bit torn. I don’t care if gays serve in the military. Really. Many have served honorably. My concern isn’t over that at all. Do I think they should be kicked out, as many have been in the last years? All depends. What were they actually doing? Did someone just happen to see said soldier looking at muscle magazines, get their knickers in a twist, and go blabbing to the commander? Was the person assaulting someone? Or, was it just the fact that the person let it slip that he or she had a ‘different’ preference? Unless said troop was actually committing some crime, or prancing around the barracks, wearing a Liza Minnelli (Cabaret style) get up, belting out show tunes….. Well, then what difference would it make?
No, my concern is for the safety and well being of ALL the troops, that actually do the heavy lifting, the majority of whom are uncomfortable with serving along side homosexuals. I believe all people, no matter their sexual orientation, color, religion, origin, should be treated the same. Only when they behave in a manner contrary to civilized peoples, should they be singled out for punishment. I also do not believe that ‘being gay’ is a ‘civil right‘.
A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class. Statutes have been enacted to prevent discrimination based on a person’s race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin, and in some instances sexual preference. (source)
As I said, no one should be treated differently for any reason. No one group of citizens is more entitled to anything than another group of citizens. (Affirmative action has actually done a lot more harm than good.) This term has been misused on many occasions, to the point it has actually lost its effect in the real world. The actual rights of black people, as legal citizens of the United States, had been violated for many decades, by Democrats, and such actions of the 50s and 60s by civil rights activists were well placed. I well remember the separate water fountains, restrooms, etc. I do not remember ever seeing a “heterosexual only” water fountain, or waiting room at the bus station. I am not aware of any gay person being denied the right/duty to vote. Nope. Has never happened to my knowledge.
My question: Do recruiters ask all recruits about their sexuality? Will Sgt. Signup ask someone if said hopeful future soldier, “Are you now, or have you ever been a heterosexual?” Of course not. Should they be asked the opposite? Nope. Hence…”don’t ask, don’t tell”. It’s not that complicated. I’m not aware of anything in the Constitution that would deny a person serving his/her country due to sexual orientation. Nor, am I aware that flaunting sexuality has ever been an appropriate behavior.
Our society is sexualizing everything. Life is not about sex, although it does promote life. We have sexualized our children. We have sexualized commercials. We have sexualized all forms of entertainment. Is it really necessary to sexualize our military as well?
1 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.