1.13.2005

Homophobia ahead of national security?

Funny how you can't remember where you put things ... we used to have someone that could read these. Gay linguists discharged from the military ran in the Monterey Herald. See Fired 26 Gay Guys that Understood Arabs .

Steve Ralls, of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a nonprofit group which advocates for the rights of gay military members, said ...

''The military is placing homophobia well ahead of national security, it's rather appalling that in the weeks leading up to 9/11 messages were coming in, waiting to be translated... and at the same time they were firing people who could've done that job.''


Yes Steve has a point here. Osama must be laughing his head off, eh? What do you think Jerry Falwell?

Seems those gay boys were taking up places good american boys should have
been in. Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, a conservative advocacy group that opposes gays in the military, added ...

"... the discharged linguists never should have been accepted at the elite Defense Language Institute in Monterey in the first place. 'Resources unfortunately were used to train young people who were not eligible to be in the military,'' she said. ''We need to recruit people who are eligible to serve.''

Now what? Maybe if you told them you were gay in Farsi, they wouldn't be able to kick you out, I mean they wouldn't know what you were saying!



1 comment:

Mark said...

Australia and all the nations of the EU allow gays to serve openly and with honor. The USA, which calls itself a model to the world and a beacon of human rights, would never think of allowing its glbt people to serve openly. How very sad.