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05/13/2010

Flashback Thursday: Compromised

by Jeremy Hooper

Randall Terry, Paul Cameron, Robert Knight, and Judith Reisman went on to different states of respectability, even among the far-right "pro-family" movement. But in 1993, they were all bound by a refusal to camouflage either their biases or their gay neighbors:


And of course much of it worked. Because of the loud refusal and activist militancy against easy, benign, peaceful acceptance of every person's right to fight and possibly die for their nation, we ended up with the same policy that we're forced to waste time fighting here, seventeen years later:


Now we're still fighting groups like the Family Research Council -- whose heads say gays are "being held captive by the enemy" and should be either exported from the U.S. or criminalized -- to repeal what never should have happened in the first place, and wouldn't have happened if not for their side's declared "culture war." We wait for fierce advocacy, while being inundated with/stifled by fierce resistance. We write, we call, we push, we protest -- we wait.

It'd be right to call this debate overwrought. It'd be fair to say it's one of the greatest modern historical blows to the land of the free, home of the brave concepts for which this nation supposedly stands. Because DADT (and the rhetoric that led to it) is neither.

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