Friday, July 09, 2010

Pentagon Troop Survey Is Outrageous, Offensive

"The notion that service members are brave enough to staff remote, dangerous outposts in Afghanistan or invade countries and topple their governments, but would be uncomfortable knowing that a colleague was living on base with a same-sex partner is so outrageous that it’s surreal."

Kevin Naff reports:
The text of the Pentagon’s survey soliciting service members’ views about fighting alongside suspected “homosexuals” is finally out and it couldn’t be more offensive.

Replace each reference to “homosexuals” with “African Americans” and you see just how intolerable this exercise would be for any other minority group.

“If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and you are working with a Service member in your immediate unit who is African American, how, if at all, would your level of morale be affected?”

“Have you shared a room, berth or field tent with a Service member who is African American?”

“Have you been assigned to share bath facilities with an open bay shower that is also used by a Service member who is African American?”

You get the idea.

The survey focuses on the same tired stereotypes and fears of encountering gays in the shower that Sam Nunn exploited in 1993. So much for change.

And what if our fragile, immature service members decide they can’t possibly work in a unit with an openly gay person?

Do we rethink repeal entirely?

Or maybe allow the gays to serve in a segregated unit? READ MORE