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Saying Goodbye to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Doesn’t Mean Saying Hello to Imposition

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Admiral Mike Mullen – the military’s top uniformed officer as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – made an impassioned plea for allowing gays to serve openly in uniform.

In his testimony, Admiral Mullen stated:

No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens…For me, it comes down to integrity – theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.

Good for Admiral Mullen and for the Defense Department as they begin their year-long study into how the ban can be repealed without causing a major upheaval in the military. Well, it’s about time.

No person should face discrimination of any kind based on their gender, race, creed, beliefs, sexuality, or for any reason. Period. Everyone has the same rights – and responsibilities – equally.

However, equality doesn’t mean imposition. Pope Benedict XVI has been criticized for his opposition to the British Equality Bill. In a letter to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, the Pope said:

Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society…Yet as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.

Many gay-rights groups complained about the Pope’s statement and now intend to protest his visit. But the protests are unfair and unnecessary.

The Holy Father was pointing out that equality for homosexuals does not and should mean a lack of equality for religious institutions. Faiths that are opposed to homosexuality should not be forced to perform gay weddings or hire gay clergy, just as gay-rights groups should not be forced to hire anti-homosexuals because of equality laws.

Any work for the promotion of equality of one group cannot and must not deny equality for others. Equality protection for homosexuals – which is fundamentally important and necessary and far too late in coming – must not impose odious requirements on religious institutions and faith communities opposed to homosexuality.

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  1. lovethedark
    July 5, 2010 at 3:34 am

    good post. equality isnt actually real if people who just want to defend their country are not allowed to do that unless they lie about the very essence of who they are. great point. DADT is another way for people to tell the homosexual community that they are wrong or evil or go against what is right. it says that they can serve if they lie and pretend to be like everyone else that is hterosexual. its demeaning and rather wrong.
    it is also a good point that was made about religion. it isn’t freedom if people are being forced to go against what they think is right to welcome homosexuals into thier religions or what not. freedom means stadning up for the rights of everyone,even the groups that go against what you believe. it is not freedom if some people are still being…i dont know, opressed. great points, interesting stuff.

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