03 February, 2012

Responce to responces

I recently was watching a video on youtube where marines were getting briefed on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, a 17-year-old policy that restricted gays from being open in the armed forces. A few of the marines expressed things that seemed really selfish and one-sided to me.

There were some who took a religious stance on the issue. One even stood up and said "My religion is being pushed just so that I can accept someone else's preference, sexually." Another said something like this "What does the country value more, sexuality or religion?" These are interesting points that people are making...the points that make me sort of irritated at ignorance in this world.

First off, I forgot that we lived in a country where there was only one religion and the first amendment only applied to the freedom of one religion. There is a separation of Church and State, which applies to every religion, not just some or all but one. We all need to learn to co-exist, which does not mean that we all have to agree. The whole aspect of allowing gays and lesbians in the armed forces has nothing to do with the fact that religious freedoms will be hurt, nor will anyone be forced to believe differently or change their views, but the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the armed forces is to help with getting the job done. Ignorance is the issue on this level.

Secondly, some people express their concern that sharing a shower or bunk with a gay person will be very weird and bad. Who says it has to be that way? Gays do not join the armed forces to get some. I really doubt that that's how it works in the first place. There are too many people out there that seem to think that if they are in the presence of a gay person, that that gay person will want them. Get that out of your head. Especially in the armed forces. Attraction can be a flattering thing, but we do know where the limits are. Just completely let it all go.

Overall, people need to be a bit more open of gays in the armed forces. Put aside your religious beliefs (which have no business in politics) and know that no person is making you feel any differently. This is about co-existence. It is immature and ignorant to seem to think that your views (and the views of the popular religion) need to dominate the whole. I wish more people would see that.


  1. All Good points... My favorite tho is "Who told you that you were attractive anyway?" LOL

  2. hahahahaha. Very true. Well, it's the ignorance that goes on in society. Someone should make a t-shirt of that quote.