Today, the Senate is holding the second of two Senate Armed Services Committee hearings about Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tell.Â Perhaps DADT will be repealed during the current lame-duck session.Â Controversy why DADT should not be repealed relies on two main reasons: untruths about how homosexuality dampens morale or how it is a sin.Â Senate Republican John McCain says seemingly without irony, â€œI am not saying this law should never change, [â€¦] I am simply saying that it may be premature to make such a change at this time and in this manner, without further consideration of this report and further study of the issue by Congressâ€”for all of the people we serve, one of our highest responsibilities is to the men and women of our armed services, especially those risking their lives in combat.â€Â
Apparently, homosexuals are not currently serving in the armed forces.Â McCain refuses to assert anything, instead relying on possibilities or potentialities.Â He doesnâ€™t clearly state that it is premature, only that it â€œmay beâ€.Â He is â€œnot saying this law should never change,â€ just elliptically saying that itâ€™s not the right time now.Â Why all the recalcitrance to repealing DADT?
The time to do right is always right now.Â We cannot suspend the right action for fear of the future.Â Our (lack of) abilities to predict social consequences or extrapolate financial repercussions have poignantly reminded us over and over again, man is futilely trying to foresee events.Â Thus, what becomes essential is to do right, in the present.Â
Today, in a country where the highly popular movie 300 extols the bravery and fighting prowess of Spartansâ€”certainly some of whom practiced sodomyâ€”destroying a large force of Persians in the Battle of Thermopylae; truly, how disingenuous can one be in asserting that homosexuality dampens morale?Â Have these naysayers read the Iliad, part of which tells of the homoerotic love between Achilles, the best and bravest warrior in all of Greece, and Patroclus?Â We celebrate some of the greatest warriors in history, some of whom have practiced homosexuality, but we the best we can do is say, donâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tell?Â
What is extremely disconcerting is the fact that homosexuals are currently serving in the military, have always served in the military, and will always serve in the military.Â Moreover, not only has it been shown that blacks can serve in the military without enfeebling morale; not only has it been shown that females can serve in the military without diminishing morale; it will be shown that homosexuals openly serving in the military will not reduce morale.
As to homosexuality being a sin, this obviously is coming from a religious perspective.Â And since the leading religion in the US is Christianity, letâ€™s quickly look at what the teachings of Jesus say unto this matter.Â The parable of the lost sheep states the view that the one sheep that is lost (the sinner) is more precious to God than the ninety-nine sheep that are (already) safe in salvation.Â The parable doesnâ€™t have the shepherd kick the sheep out or make restrictive laws against it; the shepherd searches wholeheartedly for it. Â Furthermore, Jesus pointedly walked in the midst of sinners, including prostitutes and tax collectors, for the very same reasonâ€”the latter needed more love, not less.Â Again, Jesus makes it clear that all are without sin when he drew the line in the sand.Â Imagine a world where we made laws against ALL sins, not just homosexuality; imagine a world where the religious try to create a separation between the worldly and the godly.Â First, no one would be around to share in the godliness (by their own presupposition that everyone is a sinner), and second, what kind of hypocritical all-encompassing brotherhood is it that excludes brothers (and sisters) from the fraternity of man?
Irrespective of whether the reason is homophobia or pseudo-religious quackery, DADT must be repealed.Â Itâ€™s the right thing to do.