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01/15/2010

FRC: B/c pitting our president, military, and LGBTs against each other is such a 'family value'

by Jeremy Hooper

FRCAnd our opposition's aggressive, irresponsible ignorance continues. This quip from the Family Research Council, in regards to the Obama administration's promise to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell:

"Here our servicemen are sacrificing their lives to wipe out global terrorism, and their commander-in-chief's biggest worry is throwing a coming out party for gays and lesbians." [Source]

Alright, let's process this line for a second. First, it pits "servicemen" against gays, neglecting to acknowledge the many gay, lesbian, bisexual soldiers who are serving in silence, as well as the countless supportive allies in our armed forces. The general idea FRC wants to convey is that a monolithic body of military personnel is 100% against DADT repeal. Because cultivating dissension is what these "pro-family" groups do, first and foremost. How Jesus-y, right?

Then there's the almost unbelievably simple-minded assertion that repealing DADT is the "commander-in-chief's biggest worry." What the hell?! This is a president who has inherited an unfathomable slate of problems. These problems have been compounded by the deeply divisive rhetoric from those who wanted this president to fail before he ever stepped foot into the Oval. He has prioritized and is handling the ills of this beleaguered nation, on his own schedule and with his own vision. If DADT repeal were President Obama's biggest priority, it would be done already. But it was not his biggest priority, nor should it be. We in the LGBT community are only asking for it to be A priority, which it presumably is.

And you also have to look at the "coming out party for gays and lesbians" language. Again, there's no reason FRC would say something like this if not for their indefatigable drive to demean LGBT lives and loves. The simple truth is that they want to reduce this, a crucial matter of not only fairness but also national security, in a way that makes it sound like it's nothing more than an "agenda-driven" bit of pro-LGBT activism. The intended script: "The armed forces are risking their lives to save this country, while those pesky queers and their progressive host just wanna party all day long at the expense of this country." If that leads to hostility towards gay soldiers, then so be it. To FRC, homosexuals are disposable.

It's a very "special" kind of movement that can manage to cram so much deep offense into one simple sentence. Yet when you're a group who has simplistically sentences all LGBT people to the "immoral" file, you somehow manage the negligently gay-burdening burden.

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Don't forget the gay servicemen and women from multiple nations serving with the US Armed Forces. Somehow our guys manage to get along with them.

But Tony Perkins knows best 'cause he's a Marine. *gag*

Posted by: DN | Jan 15, 2010 9:58:39 AM

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