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Tag: gays in the military


MILITARY: Gays openly serve – and all is well

This time last year, there were dire predictions about what would happen if Congress repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” – that it would disrupt unit cohesion, hurt recruiting and ultimately threaten our national security. My favorite (from retired generals): 500,000 troops would quit, and the military would “break.”

One year after the repeal of DADT, the only news is no news. The branches have hit their recruiting targets, units remain intact, our nation’s security is sound. A UCLA survey of active- duty troops found improvements in quality of life and morale.

The military did not break and shows no sign

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SPEECH: Whose morality needs defending?

Re: “It’s not hateful to defend morality” (letter, 3-8).

The writer denounces the “un-Christlike, misguided and venomous” Westboro protesters, but doesn’t explain why. He actually agrees with them. Homosexuals are abominable and unnatural. So why doesn’t he support Westboro?

He decries the irrationality and immorality of modern America, and claims that “it is not hateful” to defend God’s purpose. He warns there are “consequences” for accepting homosexuality, and that our nation’s moral standards are under attack. No one should remain silent in the face of this threat!

That is precisely Westboro’s message. Yet the writer then flip-flops to say that

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SPEECH: It’s not hateful to defend morality

The actions and message of the Westboro protesters is certainly un-Christlike, misguided and venomous. Yet the magnitude in which immorality now trumps morality and common sense in this country forces us to ask ourselves how detached as a nation we are from rational thinking.

For example: The president’s recent declaration of war against natural marriage and the open celebration of homosexuality in the U.S. Armed Forces for the first time in our nation’s history. As unkind and toxic the actions by the Westboro protesters are, in turn many understand that morality is under attack in this nation by those who

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MILITARY: DADT repeal might improve unit cohesion

Re: articles on the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” the war crimes trial of Stryker soldiers (TNT, 12-19).

These articles, which shared the front page, reflect the perfect symmetry for those that espouse “unit cohesion”.

There’s the type of unit cohesion where you trust your fellow soldier to protect you with his life and then the kind where he’ll keep his mouth shut regardless of what atrocities were committed.

In the Stryker unit, three soldiers would not go along with the murder of innocent Iraqi civilians; they eventually broke that trust and told higher ups.

In March of

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MILITARY: Get rid of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

I have been a military dependent more than 40 years, and I personally know there have been gays and lesbians who have served in the military for many years before being discovered. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is an antiquated failure. Sexual orientation has no bearing on a person’s ability to serve in the military.

The U.S. military needs the best and the brightest soldiers, and “don’t ask, don’t tell” is currently limiting our nation’s skilled service members. In fact, denying enlistment to patriotic Americans and terminating serving members based on sexual orientation threatens military readiness and national security

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MILITARY: Marine Corps didn’t deserve slight

Re: “Marines need to man up” (letter, 11-30).

As a former Marine, it made me mad to read this letter about the Marine Corps and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Those who are not serving in the armed services or have not served should their mouth closed.

The Marine Corps has a great history of fighting for our country and to have someone degrade the corps is sickening.

I bet the letter writer never served in the military.


MILITARY: Marines need to man up

Re: “‘Don’t ask’ repeal hard sell in Marines” (TNT, 11-27).

I am appalled that the supposedly most professional branch of our armed services is unable to turn its collective mind to accepting the reality of life in the 21st century and the will of the American people it serves.

Are the Marines – so proud of their ability to head into danger – such wimps that they are unable to handle being around openly gay men and women? The truth is they are already serving with gay service personnel.

Years ago I attended the Marine Ball with a dear friend

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POLITICS: All should be able to live openly

Re: Don’t ask, don’t tell.

The Puritans risked their lives to come to America to practice their faith openly. There were other times and places in our “civilized” societies where individuals could not be openly Christian, Catholic, Jewish, German, Irish or Japanese (to name a few) out of fear for their lives or livelihood.

Light-skinned individuals of African descent felt the necessity to hide that ancestry. Women hid their femininity to obtain employment or education. Even St. Peter, when asked, was afraid to tell that he knew Christ. Ellis Island records are full of names anglicized to hide ethnic origins.

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