Why is it that the very government that makes it illegal to discriminate based on gender, race, religion or sexual orientation is allowed to do just that?
I'm talking about the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. One of my fellow bloggers, a young, articulate, gay man serving in the Army, currently deployed in Baghdad, has just had his discharge paperwork processed for being gay. Nathanael has been blogging about DADT and his rather abrupt dismissal from the Army for a couple of weeks now. What I don't understand is Why? Why were the Commanders at Fort Hood afraid to get rid of a Muslim with potential terrorist leanings because he was an American citizen, but the Commanders on the front line don't think twice about singling out our gay men and women, who are also Americans?
I just don't understand it. Can someone please explain it to me, because this whole DADT thing makes no sense whatsoever. Nathanael is fighting his discharge, but he was told that if he went quietly, he could have an honorable discharge. But if he doesn't go quietly, there's a chance that he'll be dishonorably discharged, which means that he loses his right to vote (and therefore his right to change policy, hmm...) and his right to bear arms (which, as you all know, is a sticking point for the Gun Diva).
We're not talking about someone who was drafted into service; we're talking about someone who volunteered to risk his life to help protect ours. How is it right to say, "thanks, but no thanks"?
Go check out Nathanael's blog, join his FB fans, write to your Congressman, do whatever you can, because this is flat-out wrong. No matter how you look at it.