Friday, May 28, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Passes in House, but John McCain and Homophobic Christian Groups Promise to Fight It

     Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 234-194 to pass the Murphy Amendment that would end Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 paving the way for a Senate vote.  This is the first step in what could be a huge victory over the Gospel According to Hate.

     But, the bigots are coming out, spitting lies and hatred in one last attempt to derail this movement towards equality and justice for homosexuals in the military.

     Leading the charge is none other than Maverick Republican Tea Party Senator John, the Baptist, McCain, who is threatening to filibuster the entire defense bill, delaying all funding to the Pentagon, so that he can impress the dwindling percentage of Americans that continue to support discrimination against homosexuals.  (The latest CNN/Research Corp. polls found that 78% of Americans support the repeal of DADT.)

     Today, right-wing hate-monger Cliff Kincaid’s group America’s Survival launched a repulsive fear campaign against repeal, warning that “disease-tainted gay blood threatens our troops.” The group’s abhorrent video — and the 60 page report that accompanies it — present ludicrous stereotypes of gay men and women, going so far as to claim that “open and active homosexuals into the U.S. military could very well result in the spreading of deadly HIV-tainted blood throughout the ranks.”
     This is bigotry and ignorance at its worst.  People live side by side with men and women with HIV, some are even married/partnered with them, and using condoms, never contract the virus.  Doctors and dentists operate on HIV-positive patients and know how to protect themselves from becoming infected.  Even if someone is exposed, there are post-exposure prophylaxis drugs.  These reduce a person's chance of infection.  But this is all fodder for another post.

     Here is a video of Keith Olbermann interviewing Dan Savage about the disgusting homophobic attacks coming from John McCain and his Christian right allies.  I agree with Savage that these are acts of desperation.  LGBT persons will have equal rights.

Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Death Penalty, the Company the United States Keeps

     What does the United States have in common with Cuba, China, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Uganda, and other bastions of human rights around the world?

     These maps are from Esquire.
    They are: Cuba, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United States, Venezuela, and Yemen
     There are 71 countries in the world that have the death penalty.

     They are: Cuba, China, Egypt, Iran, Jamaica, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United States, and Yemen
     We, in the United States, like to think of ourselves as an "advanced" country and a democracy, where all are created equal, but when it comes to banning homosexuals in the military and using the death penalty, the company we keep is antithetical to democracy.

     To check out the other maps in the Esquire article, click here.

     Thanks to JoeMyGod for lead.