Tuesday, March 13, 2007

General Pace's Judgemental Intolerance

In a display of what has become the all too typical intolerance of the Bush regime, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proclaimed homosexuality "immoral". General Pace told the Chicago Tribune that his verdict was rendered by his upbringing which taught him what was moral and what was not. The General, the progressive guy he is, appears to be in favor of throwing all the 'god damn faggots' in jail:
"As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior," Pace said.
Hey, General, wake up. No one is prosecuted for adultery today. Unless, of course, you want to bravely lead us into an era of honor killings and stonings. I mean, as long as it is consistent with your upbringing, I'm sure everyone will be happy to go along.

Well, I guess we should be thankful that he left out bestiality and pedophilia as moral equivalents. Too bad he isn't spending less time protecting us from gays and more time protecting us from, ohh, i dunno, bin Laden?

(Photo Credit: Gen. Pace & Friends, White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)



UPDATE: Gary, at Declarations of Pride, quite effectively rips Pace a new one (helpful, since the General's orignal isn't working -- it is too tightly clenched right now).

Media Lizzy, a conservative blogger, takes the General, and his apologists on the right, to task for the bigotry:
He's a four star general. He's a Marine. He has served our nation honorably for nearly FORTY years. Yesterday, he opened his mouth and flushed his reputation for ideological fairness down the toilet. . . . Since I am a straight girl, I can't possibly imagine how his irresponsible and bigoted remarks strike at the heart of gay folks serving in uniform. However, as a Christian, it upsets me that he feels compelled to mete out judgement on the private lives of men & women serving honorably in uniform. . . .

Why my fellow Republicans fail to see the problems with such commentary escapes me. Such behavior is part and parcel of why the GOP lost its majority in the US House and US Senate in last year's midterm elections. . . . Republicans attacked the Kerry-Edwards campaign for bigotry & intolerance. Today, they are defending General Pace's offensive comments.It is embarrassing. . . .

Not to mention the effect this type of comment has on our foreign policy.... and our ability to properly defend our reputation as champions of Human Rights. You can't defend only kids in Africa, or poor immigrants flooding across our Southern border, but ostracize gay Americans or the folks in New Orleans' Ninth Ward... it is hypocrisy. Which is the political problem Republicans refuse to face....
There's much more . . .


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1 comment:

Blue Wren said...

I see no reason that gays shouldn't be able to serve in the military. They're as brave, patriotic and capable as anyone else. They die the same way, too.
That said, Gen. Pace is right that the military prosecutes adulterers within the ranks if they're caught. It also prosecutes affairs between officers and enlisted members (fraternization) regardless of their marital status. I've always thought (even as I served in the military) that the punishments were too harsh, but the reason they gave for these prosecutions was to maintain discipline among the troops, arguing that it's vital during wartime.
It still seemed over the top to me, since even military members are only human.
At any rate, Gen. Pace shouldn't be basing his decisions on his own personal Godly upbringing. What arrogance.
If gays want to serve in the military, they should be able to. If there was a draft, claiming homosexuality wouldn't, I bet, keep a person from being sent to battle anyway.