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Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is “Forcible Sodomy”

May 14, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Stupid Things People Say About Gays

In 2008, the House Armed Service personnel subcommittee held the first hearing since 1993 on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which discriminates against openly gay/lesbian military persons.

During her testimony at the hearing, Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, invoked the argument against a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell we hear all too often – that a repeal would result in :”exotic forms of sexual expression”, “forcible sodomy” and declaring a repeal would lead to a “sexualized atmosphere.”

In her written statement to the House Armed Services Committee, Donnelly wrote:

When a female soldier reports an incident of sexual harassment or abuse, she enjoys the presumption of truthfulness. But under the new civil rights standard, if a male soldier reports an incident of homosexual harassment or abuse, he will face the suspicion, if not the presumption, of unacceptable attitudes toward fellow soldiers who are gay.

Since charges of harassment will be met with counter charges of “bigotry” or “homophobic bullying,” heterosexuals whose values are violated will hesitate to file complaints, lest they be suspected and probably accused of attitudes that violate the new “zero tolerance” policy, favoring homosexuals in the military.

In messy, emotionally-charged disputes such as this, commanders themselves will be accused of homophobic attitudes if they take the side of the heterosexual person over the homosexual one. Who is bullying whom? In close quarters it wouldn’t matter—the effect on unit cohesion would be the same.

The first problem with Ms. Donnelly’s statements, which are echoed still today in arguments against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, is that she’s ignored the fact that female soldiers do not enjoy the presumption of truth.  In a 2004 report, the Denver Post found that some 200,000 women were sexually assaulted while serving in the armed forces. In 2006, there were 2,974 cases of rape and sexual assault in the services and only 292 of those cases went to a military trial.  According to the group, STAAAMP, over 40 U.S. Generals, Admirals and Colonels have been given immunity by U.S. Courts for serious criminal sexual behavior.  Presumption of truth, Ms. Donnelly?  It seems not.

The second problem with her argument is that she implies that a heterosexual person who has been raped by someone of the same sex would not come forward for fear of being labeled a bigot.  While it’s true that many victims of rape or sexual abuse do not come forward, the idea that the fear of being labeled “anti-gay” stayed their voice is ludicrous.  According to the 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey, only 38 percent of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement officials.  Thus, a staggering 63% went unreported.  In many of these cases, victims felt that their reputations would be tarnished and that they would be blamed for the attack against them. One rape victim described her fear of coming forward this way:

It would be my word against his. It was something I’d rather not have to deal with while I was in college. All my friends all believed me. I didn’t know if the police would. I didn’t know if the school would.

In her third point, Donnelly suggests that Commanders would be subjected to being homophobic if they prosecuted a rape case against a gay service member.  This is another ludicrous allegation with no supporting facts and is clearly an effort to blame the victim or prosecutor, rather than the perpetrator.

The lies and fear from the opposition are spreading.  They are desperate to hide their prejudices in tangled, twisted logic that will appeal to the masses.  No outlandish claim or lie is too far for these people as they must defend their right to hate without saying their truth, that they just don’t like gay people.  The repeal of laws against people based solely upon individual characteristics is the “right” path and we will succeed.  Even those opposed to equality know this, and they are afraid.

For additional information on rape and sexual assault in the military, I direct you to the following resource: Refusing Rape.

NOTE: For more of the column, Stupid Things People Say About Gays, click here.

n 2008, the House Armed Service personnel subcommittee held the first hearing since 1993 on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which discriminates against openly gay/lesbian military persons.

During her testimony at the hearing, Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military readiness, invoked the argument against a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell we hear all too often – that a repeal would result in :”exotic forms of sexual expression”, “forcible sodomy” and declaring a repeal would lead to a “sexualized atmosphere.”

In her written statement to the House Armed Services Committee, Donnelly wrote:

“When a female soldier reports an incident of sexual harassment or abuse, she enjoys the presumption of truthfulness. But under the new civil rights standard, if a male soldier reports an incident of homosexual harassment or abuse, he will face the suspicion, if not the presumption, of unacceptable attitudes toward fellow soldiers who are gay.

Since charges of harassment will be met with counter charges of “bigotry” or “homophobic bullying,” heterosexuals whose values are violated will hesitate to file complaints, lest they be suspected and probably accused of attitudes that violate the new “zero tolerance” policy, favoring homosexuals in the military.

In messy, emotionally-charged disputes such as this, commanders themselves will be accused of homophobic attitudes if they take the side of the heterosexual person over the homosexual one. Who is bullying whom? In close quarters it wouldn’t matter—the effect on unit cohesion would be the same.”

The first problem with Ms. Donnelly’s statements, which are echoed still today in arguments against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, is that she’s ignored the fact that female soldiers do not enjoy the presumption of truth. In a 2004 report, the Denver Post found that some 200,000 women were sexually assaulted while serving in the armed forces. In 2006, there were 2,974 cases of rape and sexual assault in the services and only 292 of those cases went to a military trial. According to the group, STAAAMP, over 40 U.S. Generals, Admirals and Colonels have been given immunity by U.S. Courts for serious criminal sexual behavior. Presumption of truth, Ms. Donnelly? It seems not.

The second problem with her argument is that she implies that a heterosexual person who has been raped by someone of the same sex would not come forward for fear of being labeled a bigot. While it’s true that many victims of rape or sexual abuse do not come forward, the idea that the fear of being labeled “anti-gay” stayed their voice is ludicrous. According to the 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey, only 38 percent of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement officials. Thus, a staggering 63% went unreported. In many of these cases, victims felt that their reputations would be tarnished and that they would be blamed for the attack against them. One rape victim described her fear of coming forward this way:

“It would be my word against his. It was something I’d rather not have to deal with while I was in college. All my friends all believed me. I didn’t know if the police would. I didn’t know if the school would.”

In her third point, Donnelly suggests that Commanders would be subjected to being homophobic if they prosecuted a rape case against a gay service member. This is another ludicrous allegation with no supporting facts and is clearly an effort to blame the victim or prosecutor, rather than the perpetrator.

The lies and fear from the opposition are spreading. They are desperate to hide their prejudices in tangled, twisted logic that will appeal to the masses. No outlandish claim or lie is too far for these people as they must defend their right to hate without saying their truth, that they just don’t like gay people. The repeal of laws against people based solely upon individual characteristics is the “right” path and we will succeed. Even those opposed to equality know this, and they are afraid.

For additional information on rape and sexual assault in the military, I direct you to the following resource: Refusing Rape.

Hope After the Rejection of Hearings on DADT by the Court

June 08, 2009 By: jaysays Category: DADT, LGBT News

DADT - We Will Not Be SilentEven Fox News is reporting the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy [See:Don’t ask, don’t tell challenge rejected], stating:

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to the Pentagon policy forbidding gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, granting a request by the Obama administration. [Emphasis Added]

However, LGBT activists have an alternative method of overturning this biased and unconstitutional piece of tainted American history, H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 [“MREA”].  The MREA was introduced in the House and has 143 sponsors, only one of which is a Republican,  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. The bill has been referred to committee.  Open Congress says this, about the bill:

Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 – Repeals current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces. Prohibits the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation against any member of the Armed Forces or any person seeking to become a member. Authorizes the re-accession into the Armed Forces of otherwise qualified individuals previously separated for homosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexual conduct. Requires such Secretaries to ensure that regulations governing the personal conduct of members of the Armed Forces are written and enforced without regard to sexual orientation.

While the legislature attempts to limit the powers of the Supreme Court with bills such as H.R.  1269, which effectively states that the Courts do not have the power to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, hope remains that the legislature will act constitutuionally and pass the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.

Contact your representative today and request their support of this legislation.

Obama Puts Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the Closet

March 29, 2009 By: jaysays Category: DADT, LGBT News

In a sad and twisted moment, the Obama Administration has decided to delay the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy until 2010.  The policy, implemented during the Clinton Administration, prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.  Should it become known that they are homosexual, they loose their jobs.

This turn reeks the foulness that was the Clinton Administration – court the gays, liberals and progressives, get their votes, then continue to deny them the very thing that was promised, blatantly.

You may recall Robert Gates’ YouTube video wherein he was asked if the administration would repeal the current Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.  His response was simple, yet to the point, “Yes.”  But now, excuses for not overturning the policy seem to be all the action being taken by the administration:

This is a considerable slap in the face after the U.S. finally decided to sign the U.N. Declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality.  Although a positive move forward, the administration stated that the signing of the declaration would have no impact on existing U.S. law – presumably should it have had an effect, the U.S. would have continued the policy of bigotry and left the declaration on human rights unsigned.

Upon completion of this post, I will go out to my car, which has proudly displayed an Obama pin in the rear view mirror since the election, and remove it.  I may even run over it a few times (100 or so) just to make sure my point is made.  To Obama, to America, to the free “god” loving citizens of the world, I am nothing if I am not denied.  Yet they demand my respect, my complacency and flinch at any signs of anger or resentment for what this country, it’s people and the present and past administrations are doing.

Some may say that we should be patient.  Some may say that overturning Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or providing any rights denied LGBT people should wait due to the pressing matters of the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the overall chaos the world has fallen into; however, there comes a time when we have to demand human rights and decency be put first in the list of our priorities, otherwise, something else will always be more important.

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Gays Should Be Thrown From Planes with No Chutes

January 16, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Stupid Things People Say About Gays

In recent discussions online about the pending repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (“DADT”) one commenter took hatred to a new level (anonymously of course).  A man/woman under the handle “Union Sucks” and claiming to be a retired Army Officer not only encourages a heterosexual boycott of the U.S. Military, but also wants gays murdered.  He/She states:

As a retired Army Officer, I would ENCOURAGE as many as possible to leave the service under protest of this. The ONLY use for gays in the military is perhaps an airborne outfit that you could drop into action without parachutes or weapons. Other than THAT, we do NOT need that kind of human debris in our armed forces.

The alleged military officer’s plea includes what may be called a “boycott” of our nation’s military, and essentially, a boycott of the United States and the principals for which he/she allegedly fought – freedom.

The commenter has obviously never heard of Alexander the Great, reknowned for his leadership and war time victories – but also a homosexual.  He also hasn’t read this article: 104 retired military brass against ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ – CNN.com; indicating that 104 retired “top brass” military persons have signed a statement calling for a repeal of DADT, or that “a study conducted by a group of senior retired military officers recommended ditching the military’s ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ policy” [referenced in the CNN article].

It just goes to show that we continue to allow bias and prejudices to rule our thoughts rather than education and rational debate.