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03/17/2010

This is a holdup!

by Jeremy Hooper

He's compared gays to heroin abusers, he's suggested that we should just shut up and closet ourselves, and he's hauled out a whole host of historically inaccurate comparisons (Dred Bryan-FischerScott, McCarthyism, etc) to discredit pro-LGBT political progress. Now the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer is offending the countless American citizens who have served/want to serve their country while 'mosexual, directly comparing laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been suggesting that the military might not expel a service member whose sexual preference is revealed by a third party. That's utterly irrelevant. The law - and Gates knows this - simply says that homosexuality is incompatible with military service. You don't get a pass on the law just because your crime comes to the attention of somebody besides yourself.

Gates' theory - you get to break the law as long as you don't rat yourself out - is absurd. Imagine if we applied that to any other realm of law enforcement. You, sir, get to go right on holding up banks because all we have to go on is ironclad eyewitness testimony from tellers, managers and other bank patrons. Please, please, pretty please admit you did it so we can lock you up. Otherwise, we will be forced to let you go so you can rob and pillage some more.

That, of course, makes no sense in the real world. And it doesn't in the military either.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Well, she told [AFA]

Well we do agree with him in one sense: Current military policy makes no sense. But of course the armed robbery that comes to our mind has to do with the American government stealing good and decent people's senses of worth, not a bank's stash of cash.

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Your thoughts

I thought the military specialized in robbing and pillaging.

Posted by: marsmannetje | Mar 17, 2010 11:24:10 AM

Here's what just happened to me:

D-nozzle: "Otherwise, we will be forced to let you go so you can rob and pillage some more."
Me: "Pillage? Really? What would gay people in the military be pillaging?
[...]
Unless it's your booty."

And then I snarfed into my soda. Only funnier if we're talking about the Navy, obviously, for the wealth of juvenile butt-pirate jokes I could get going.

Posted by: L.A. Fields | Mar 17, 2010 4:11:16 PM

Wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Radical anti-gay activists demand the special right to disobey laws (Manhattan Declaration, kidnapping "ex-gay" parent in Virginia); disobey campaign financing and reporting requirements (NOM); evidentiary rulings (Prop. 8 supporters in CA); and common decency (Fred Phelps' clan). The unmitigated gall of unrepentant homophobes is amazing! People who live in glass houses really should not throw stones.

Posted by: Michael | Mar 17, 2010 5:36:45 PM

So, now he is saying that we are common criminals... probably inferring that we should be locked up, and that we're "dangerous" and "dastardly". Not to mention that he used the "P-word" - pillage... usually pillage is used in the phrase "rape and pillage". A fact that I am sure was not was not wasted on Mx. Fisher... another code-word laden inference to rapists??

"The law - and Gates knows this - simply says that homosexuality is incompatible with military service."

What Gates knows is that honorable gay men and women are serving in the military service now, and that DADT means that those men and women are forced to lie about who they are. Gates knows that those men and women are in every way compatible with military service, and that any law that says they are not is a lie, a sham, and must be overturned. Gates knows that many mission critical service members have been discharged for no reason other than that they are gay, and much to the detriment of the ongoing mission, including two wars. And many (if not most) of those discharged under DADT served (and still do serve) with distinction that few ever achieve.

And Gates knows that Bryan Fischer is completely full of shit!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Mar 17, 2010 8:41:40 PM

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