Sick Of The Spin
Just two weeks ago, the LGBT community won a major victory thru the repeal of Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell. While we smiled and high-fived, the fingers and tongues of the Religious Right launched into action.
Desperate to continue their wartime mantra, the members of the Right claimed that the homosexual agenda to strip them of their religious freedom had taken an aggressive step forward by the news of the repeal. This isn’t a new piece of rhetoric. In fact, painting the “others” as aggressors threatening to steal and stifle the freedom of religion has been used for centuries in defense of discriminatory laws and policies against various people groups.
But how would they do it this time when the freedom to serve your country without the fear of DADT discharge has nothing to do with religion…at all?
Daniel Bloomberg, lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, stated the following:
“The Senate’s cave-in to pressure from activists to impose homosexual behavior on our military will place our troops’ religious liberties in unprecedented jeopardy. Indeed, the first official casualty of this hurried vote may well be the religious freedom of chaplains and Service members.
“No Americans, and especially not our troops, should be forced to abandon their religious beliefs. We hope that our nation’s leaders will work to ensure that none of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are never made to choose between serving their country or obeying their God as result of this damaging policy decision. And ADF stands ready to defend Service members if they are ever unconstitutionally required to make that choice.”
I could write ten to fifteen columns on all the things contained in this statement that I find ridiculous. Imposing homosexual behavior? Unprecedented jeopardy? Choosing between serving God or serving country? Each of these phrases is a piece of rhetoric aimed at imposing fear based reaction in order to jeopardize logical and objective thinking.
I could list all of the studies done during the DADT investigations that show that service members support the repeal or I could recount some of the personal stories of gay service members I know who have lived their entire careers in the closet so carefully created by the policies of the military.
Instead, I just want to take a minute and state that I am so sick of the rhetorical spin that the Religious Right maintains in order to keep their followers fired up against the “homosexual agenda.”
The victim mentality that they espouse conversely paints the LGBT as aggressors bent on stealing or tainting everything that they hold sacred.
I know. I know. None of this is new.
But listening to ignorance such as the statement above is getting very old, very quickly. How is it that the RR can continue to justify their anti-gay campaigns when solid evidence-based research shows that the majority of pedophiles aren’t gay, that lesbians make good adoptive parents, and that gay/lesbian soldiers have fought just as well as their heterosexual counterparts?
It’s the spin, pure and simple.
The statement above suggests that those who espouse religious beliefs in the military will be forced to sacrifice their religious freedom. What about the sacrifice made by the LGBT service members over the years?
Their homosexual agenda has been to be silent. Their homosexual behavior? To act like their partners are strangers around those who they work with. To “de-gay” their homes and ask their significant others to vacate the premises while hosting work related meetings. To fight and bleed and die alongside their heterosexual brothers and sisters in arms.
The spin game is out of control when actions such as these are buried beneath fear mongering and victim rhetoric. The repeal of DADT will eventually go far in chasing away some of the stereotypes of the LGBT community. I wonder what the Religious Right will say in a few years when there still has been no incidence of a gay soldier showing up at the army barracks with a pink feather boa singing show tunes?
Apryl Prentiss is a right wing dropout. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA and heavily involved in the evangelical Christian community for her entire life. She lives in Richmond, VA with her partner, Adrian, and enjoys trying to dialogue with those in the evangelical community about sexuality.
The “godly folk” are going absolutely berserk in response to Barack Obama’s signing of a presidential executive order barring that bans federal government contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The volumes of spittle flying from the flapping jaws of the professional Christian class and hate group leaders is off the charts. [...]July 22, 2014
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