Saturday, December 11, 2010

do tell

Normally when I see people clumping together and shouting, I try to stay out of it.

Sometimes, though, I feel like it's my own people doing the shouting and I get so flippin' tired of being implicated. So I'd like to go ahead and say a little something about this whole "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" thing.

The truth is, I don't know jack-diddly about this particular law or where it came from. But I do know enough to assume that even as I type this, some dirt-bag shock-jock is screaming into a radio microphone, telling people that if they let gays serve openly in the military then jet planes are gonna start dropping from the sky and cats are gonna start breeding with dogs and the next thing you know, gay communists are gonna be teaching social studies at the local elementary schools.

I know you might think it isn't cool of me to say this; but having been raised, as I have, in the religious tradition that a lot of these guys have hijacked (Christian) to use as a vehicle for the transmission of their fear, I am going for the purpose of this post to go ahead and let them have what I believe is their basic premise, which is this: "gay is bad and no one should ever be gay; but if they're going to be so crass as to admit that they're gay, then for God's Sake they ought to have the decency to be ashamed about it!"

I know it's not politically correct to let them have this - not even for a moment - but like I said... these are my peeps. I may think they're being totally stupid here, but I think it's kinda beside the point and I want them to listen to what I am going to say next. See, what I really don't understand is this:

If the point is to keep people who do things that you think are bad from ever openly admitting it or holding any kind of position that involves government-sanctioned access to deadly weapons, then why the farfignoogan are they stopping there? For example, I have known a few United States Military employees in my day, and based on the anecdotal evidence of these acquaintances, I would say that the lion's share of folks in the armed services fornicate regularly. And not only do they have sex with people to whom they are not married,  but they also sometimes brag about it.

The Christian tradition teaches that a moral failure is a moral failure is a moral failure, so I can't figure out why these radio idiots - who, if they're claiming to be part of the orthodox Christian tradition, must therefore also be against fornication - don't also argue for a "don't ask, don't tell" policy for heterosexual fornicators. Or for that matter, for gossips... or gluttons... or people who have haughty hearts. Seriously, if you wanna talk about folks who really make God angry, Biblically speaking, try proud people.

Maybe that's it. Maybe in order to get behind a microphone and say those sorts of things you have to be a big, fat, arrogant jerk. Maybe these guys know that and are scared out of their gourds that someone else is gonna notice. Maybe they're just running around screaming at everybody else so that no one will point out what they suspect but are too chicken to admit: that yes, if God gets angry then God is angry... but it's at them.

Since when did it become the purpose of law in this country to legislate morality? When I made the decision to be born a rich, Caucasian American, I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition.

But then, I guess nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

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