My Archaic Nation.

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The United States Military does not allow openly gay or lesbian citizens to serve. If one is currently employed by the Military and then admits to being gay, or is caught in the act of something gay, one will be discharged. There has been widespread criticism of this “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Here is what the rationale behind the policy:

I will paraphrase. Basically, the supporters of keeping gays out of the military make conclusory statements that Homosexual conduct will undermine troop cohesion, and cause a general deterioration of troop morale. Reality says disproves any contention that openly gay military members will cause problems.

Great Britain, Germany, Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, and France are among the nations that allow openly gay members. From what I have researched, there have been no negative effects from these foreign policies. In fact, some say that it actually increases troop morale.

Former Chairman Joint Chief of Staff, General Shalikashvili said: “I now believe that if gay men and lesbians served openly in the United States military, they would not undermine the efficacy of the armed forces” and “Our military has been stretched thin by our deployments in the Middle East, and we must welcome the service of any American who is willing and able to do the job.”

To further expound the asinine results of this homophobic policy: since 1994, almost 12,000 service members have been discharged for violating “don’t ask, don’t tell”. I’m thinking those 12,000 willing and able troops could be better used for things like defending our nation.

Oh, and Hofstra has is to blame for this policy as well.  Hofstra admits that the Military’s policy violates its own anti-discrimination laws, yet Hofstra continues to allow Military Recruiters onto campus. The reason? They would lose some federal money. Nice to know that money is more important than your own ideals that are put into official laws.

If all universities decided to forbid military recruiters on campus, surely it would put considerable pressure upon the powers that be to change their stupid ways.

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