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Gay Guidelines For The Military March 27, 2010

Posted by Bill in Current Events, Uncategorized.
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“On the same day that Fort Shafter-based Army Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon was being dressed down for urging soldiers to oppose repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Marine Corps’ top uniformed officer said in an interview that he would seek separate quarters for his troops if Congress votes to allow openly gay service.

In an interview with Military.com published yesterday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway said, “I would not ask our Marines to live with someone who is homosexual if we can possibly avoid it.”  honoluluadvertiser.com

The gays are coming, the gays are coming!   And hopefully not in our military men but you never can tell nowadays. 

For the first time ever we are faced with the prospect of gays fighting alongside straight men and women in our military, with sharing the mess halls and the living quarters not to mention the foxholes and bunkers.  Never before in our history have gays served alongside the fighting straights.   Through all of our wars and peaces we have never had gays in our military.  Until now.  Until this President and this Congress.  Until this point in history. 

With Congress and our President now hell bent on allowing gays to serve in the military General Conway is positively prescient in seeing the need to develop the proper set of guidelines for how to deal with this possible menace to our military might and cohesion. 

Here are some Befuddled 2 suggestions that I feel sure that General Conway will properly appreciate. 

1)      Gay troops must march separately from straight troops.  If they must march together then gay marines must be in front so that they will not leer at the asses of the straights.

2)      In combat zones gays must have separate foxholes from straight troops.  I would not ask our Marines to share a foxhole together during enemy fire. 

3)      Gays must eat separately when bananas are served lest it arouse lecherous and lascivious thoughts.

4)      Should there not be enough quarters to keep the gays and straights separate then rather than bunk gay men with straight men and lesbians with straight woman the lesbians will bunk with straight men and the gays with the straight women.

5)      The remains of dead gays and lesbians will be transported separately from those who are straight.  To facilitate this gay body bags will be pink. 

6)      Wounded gays and lesbians will be transported separately from the battlefield from those military who are straight.  To avoid any confusion when coming across unconscious soldiers dog tags will be pink for gays and lesbians. 

 And my final suggestion for General Conway – step down from being Commandant of the Marines and let someone with half a working brain take over. 

Or as Bob Dylan once sang:

Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

“Times They Are A Changing”


ACLJ In Africa February 1, 2010

Posted by Bill in atheism, Christianity, Church and State, Current Events, Islam, Muslims, Politics, Religion, Religious Right.
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Just found out that both Kenya and Zimbabwe are drafting new constitutions. From what I have read this is not necessarily a bad thing. However what concerns me is that the American Center For Law and Justice (ACLJ) is apparently going to help both countries out in drafting their new constitutions.

For those who may not know who the ACLJ is, they are a Christian right wing group that loves to take cases challenging the separation of church and state and also suits supporting challenges to evolution. They love all right wing causes from defending torture to stopping healthcare reform. They are exactly the wrong sort of group to provide information on how to write a constitution.

While much of their work may be good – for example their stand against making Sharia Courts a part of the Kenya Constitution – I am afraid that they will write in protections for Christian churches and in particular churches that follow most closely what they believe.   Or at the very least write in protections for views they support. 

At this stage this is more of a strong concern due to their track record on constitutional issues here in America and their strong ties to the Christian right wing. I have not been able to find any specifics on what their exact suggestions in regards to the Constitutions of both countries. I hope my concerns or misplaced but fear they are not.

What would be especially ironic in the case of Kenya would be if the ACLJ helped create a constitution that would allow fundamentalists churches and thoughts to have a greater say in the government. Can you imagine creationists in charge of the museums and science in one of the countries that has provided our clearest fossil evidence of hominid evolution?

I also am concerned about such things as reproductive rights (that includes birth control and is not just a code name for abortion people), gay rights, and religious rights.

As I said I do not have any information on exactly what they are suggesting for the Kenya and Zimbabwe constitutions. And to be honest, given the problems these countries have, the new constitution may still wind up better than what they have despite the ACLJ input.

I do know though that our Constitution was founded without help from Christian organizations or any religious organizations. I know that many of them were against our Constitution at the time of its ratification. And I know why the separation of church and state was instituted in our country.

Given the religious conflicts in Africa between Muslim and Christian that same sort of concern and sensitivity should be present in any attempt to create a new constitution. The ACLJ does not have that sensitivity.

Given the tremendous devastation that AIDS is wreaking in Africa government policies in regards to health and sex need to avoid being limited because of the beliefs of one religion.

The ACLJ does not have that expansive a view.

I only hope that my concerns are misplaced or that their role is limited and that other groups, more moderate, sensitive, and expansive, play a greater role.