Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
There’s been a lot of news lately about the efforts of several groups to
abolish the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy of the military.
In my opinion, gays don’t belong in the military and I don’t care what
program they use to camouflage it.
Imagine being a heterosexual male soldier assigned to the women’s barracks.
Imagine that you observe the women dressing and undressing while you
lounge in your bunk. Imagine taking a shower with a half-dozen or more
naked females in the communal shower. Imagine sitting on the toilet and
a female soldier comes to the toilet next to you, drops her drawers and
starts up a conversation with you; and when you stand, she checks out
Sure, for most of this it sounds like a “hey, I’ve died and gone to heaven”
fantasy”, and part of it initiates a level of discomfort. But for a gay male,
whose sexual object is other men, this is his world.
Some of the men I served with in the Navy were probably gay. But I can
say with some certainty that it was well hidden; the reality being that if
it had become known, the gay guy would have no doubt been thrashed
and tossed out of the service. I can say with complete certainty that I was
never approached by a fellow sailor wanting to have sex.
I don’t hate gays. In my opinion, it’s not their fault that they have these
leanings, as I assume they were born that way, and have no choice. I
do oppose gay adoption, though, because I don’t see how their lifestyle
can be healthy for impressionable children. But I digress.
My objection to gays in the military can be summed up this way; there
is no privacy in military life. If I knew that a fellow soldier was gay, I would
avoid him because I wouldn’t want others in my unit to think I was gay. When
I showered, or used the toilet, I would take care to do it when the gay person
was not around. I would object to being bunked next to a gay guy. And if the
gay guy ‘came on’ to me, I’d punch him out.
We depend heavily upon our military forces to protect our country, our
constitution, and our freedoms. Permitting openly gay persons to serve
in our military ranks will erode the cohesiveness of the units and result
in a disruption we can ill afford.