News Gays in the Military
posted by May 21 at 9:57 AMon
Gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly in the UK’s armed forces—British gay and lesbian soldiers are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, alongside US forces. Conservatives in the UK and the USA predicted chaos, conflict, strife, low morale, etc., when the Brits opened their armed services to homos seven years ago. So how did it work out?
Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears—about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness—have come to pass, according to the Ministry of Defense, current and former members of the services and academics specializing in the military. The biggest news about the policy, they say, is that there is no news. It has for the most part become a nonissue.
Whenever conservatives are confronted with social change, conservatives predict chaos and moral disorder and the collapse of our civilization and boiling seas and toads falling from the sky and blah blah blah. Give women the vote? Integrate the schools? Decriminalize mixed-race marriages? Secure voting rights for all? Repeal sodomy laws? Fear-mongering social conservatives opposed all of these ideas.
Whenever a necessary social change is proposed, that change is resisted by social conservatives. They scream that this latest proposed change is dangerous and we’re warned once again of dire consequences, chaos, disorder, toads, etc. Then the social change comes—women are given the vote, mixed-race marriages are legalized, sodomy laws are repealed. And the dire consequences? They never materialize. Life goes on without toads raining down on our heads. And then, when the next necessary social change is proposed, the same social conservatives start screaming and yelling about all the dire consequences.
And somehow no one points out that these social conservatives have been wrong, all along, about everything, forever.
Today’s proposed social change is the integration of gay people—into our armed forces, into the institution of marriage, into family life. And the same social conservatives that opposed every good idea advanced over the last 100 years are giving us the same line shit they always do. Gay marriage? Gays and lesbians in the armed forces? Gay parents? Dire consequences for the American family! Moral chaos! Disorder! Toads! Tsunamis! Hurricanes! And on and on.
Why does anyone listen to social conservatives anymore? Again, they’re wrong, they’ve been wrong, about everything, forever.