“Don’t ask, don’t tell. If you aren’t asked a question, you are under no obligation to provide information. That seems fair. In the military, that policy means something very different. In America, everyone is supposed to have equal rights and privileges.””
Don’t ask, don’t tell. If you aren’t asked a question, you are under no obligation to provide information. That seems fair.
In the military, that policy means something very different. In America, everyone is supposed to have equal rights and privileges.
However, homosexuals are getting the short end of the stick in a lot of cases, especially when it comes to serving their country.
In 1993, the military implemented a policy under President Clinton that states no one is permitted to ask your sexual orientation and you are not required to tell it. But if military officials catch you in a homosexual act, or find out that you are a homosexual, you can be dismissed from duty.
According to a March 13 ABC article, General Peter Pace says he is in favor of this policy and doesn’t think the military should condone immoral acts. He feels that homosexuality in the military falls under the same immoral category as sleeping with another soldier’s spouse.
Adultery is prosecuted in the armed forces, and Pace thinks that open homosexuality should be too.
In America, everyone doesn’t have the same religious views. What some consider to be immoral is, without a doubt, different than what others believe.
Regardless, we all have the right to pursue happiness. Who would be happy, having to hide their identity from those around them? Being forced to put on a facade 24 hours a day sure doesn’t seem the American way.
Shouldn’t the United States just ban homosexuals from the forces altogether? That’s what it really wants to do, and its current policy is a de facto ban, regardless of how neatly it is packaged.
Of course, the United States must protect its reputation.
It cannot be said that it has openly discriminated against a group of people. So it is kept under wraps, and the wrongdoing is hidden so no one realizes what is really going on.
So instead of fighting a battle over equal rights, the government rephrases things in such a way that people don’t realize it is discrimination.
The United States should be honest with itself and rethink its policy.
If we do have equal rights, they should be equally distributed.