The debate on gays serving openly in the military has continued to dominate the opinion section of Stars and Stripes, and it looks like it will continue for a long time to come.
Personally, I think the fact that this debate has been around as long as it has is an indication that the military will not give in to the gay demand because doing so could corrode its image as a value-based institution. The truth, I had – until now – managed patiently to stay out of the debate. But the fact that advocates of the gay movement are equating their struggle – which seeks to display gays by having them openly glow in military formations across the United States of America — to the noble civil rights struggle of recent history has compelled me to awaken from my long state of indifference and develop an opinion on the issue.
Advocates of the gay movement (and their clients) are quick to mention discrimination as an impediment to attaining their goal, but this is far from the truth. The official stance on this issue for the military, as far as I am concerned, is the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, which silently rolls out red-carpet treatment for homosexuals in the service to do whatever they relish about their lifestyle with maximum right to privacy—not openly. The rationale or underlying principle of those who consistently object to gays serving openly — please include me — has always been clearly articulated. The military, ours, is a professional organization, and the intent is to keep it that way. Where in that statement is discrimination? Gays have rights, and so does the military. A right, as I understand it, is something we can enjoy without interfering with or intruding upon the freedoms of others. Gays, like all Americans, have the right to guaranteed privacy. The infamous policy quoted above give them that privacy. Likewise, the military has the right to define what kind of organization it would like to be, and it consistently and thankfully opts for a value-based kind. Gays’ determination, on the other hand, to get out of their closets and openly into the ranks of military formations threatens the very values and principles the military has worked so hard to engrave in its culture.
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To reiterate, the military is a professional institution; this simple concept should be sufficient to put away the homosexuals’ demand to be placed on pedestals within the military. However, it seems like a very complicated concept for those who advocate for homosexuals to understand since they are so drenched or blinded by loyalty to their clients, who are determined to pollute the image of an otherwise professional institution by “standing tall and looking weird” in its formations.
Gay advocates have some guts. They go from the ridiculous all the way to the absolute absurdity. Besides seeking to have their clients glow in the ranks for all to see, they are offensively attempting to elevate their struggle by equating it to the struggle of the civil rights movement of our recent history. The civil rights movement sought and – to some great extent –restored human dignity, which slavery and xenophobic activities had equally derailed. So, it is rather insulting, to put it mildly, to those noble folks who perished in that effort to compare their struggle to the struggle of gays seeking to be outed in the service. Homosexuality is an unnatural intent, which has unprofessionalism written all over it—in all caps— so it greatly conflicts with the military’s unflinching determination to remain professional. Besides, unlike the struggle of the civil rights movement, homosexuality doesn’t bring dignity to mankind. How does it better the world by pairing same sexes in matrimonies? It is hard, if not impossible, to see any potential benefits. But that’s my opinion. It is easy though to see the qualms, starting with killer diseases that would deal blows to world population growth. And since these unions lack the capabilities to reproduce naturally, any population decrease will almost certainly deteriorate.
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Anyway, the only answer to this gay struggle is one that comes in the form of a compromise. It is call “don’t ask don’t tell,” and it is sufficient to make all parties satisfied. The quest for homosexuals to potentially get the chance to glow openly in our formations is a dreadful thing to even ponder. While it’s true the military needs men and women to serve, a service in that kind of open capacity is just too much to ask for. Therefore, the hope of obtaining gays serving openly will only remain that – hope – for generations to come.