Fresh perspectives on today’s news by: Whymrhymer
(Disclaimer: If this post offends anyone, it has done it’s job!)

When the San Francisco Board of Education passed a resolution last week to phase out the school system’s 90-year old Junior ROTC program over the next two years. The resolution indicated that the reason for the ban was because ‘the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers violates the school district’s equal rights policy for gays’. Statements from school board members’ however, indicate that that is only part of the reason (probably the smaller part) for the resolution; one of the board members, Dan Kelly, is quoted at the SFGate.com website:

“One of the big components (of JROTC) is military branding, military thinking and military recruitment, and that has to stop.”

So it would appear that the San Francisco Board of Education just doesn’t like the military and is using “gay rights” as a rationale.

I can’t help but agree with the resolution’s public reasoning but feel that the school board’s actions, as well as their opposition to “military thinking and military recruitment,” are as short-sighted and as wrong as the military’s exclusion of gays is short-sighted and wrong.

Thoughts on the San Francisco School Board Resolution:

To oppose military thinking and military recruitment is to promote your own demise. The military, on a daily basis, preserves the right of groups like the school board and others to exist and voice their opposition. To sever the military from our country, as they apparently want to do, has the same effect as cutting off your nose to spite your face.

The ROTC has, for decades, created better-educated, better disciplined, better-equipped students and has created some of the finest military officers our country has seen. There is no valid reason to oppose the military or to do something as careless as cut off an ROTC program. If you oppose a specific military action (as many people oppose our “war” in Iraq) attack the U.S. Congress on election day. If, on the other hand, you oppose having a self-defense capability, you need to recognize that you are dangerously suicidal; while you should always have the right to commit suicide, you should never have the right to take anyone else with you on that final journey.

Thoughts on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harass” law (it is not, by the way, a military or Pentagon policy, it is a Federal Law):

As little sense as it makes to oppose “military thinking and military recruitment” it makes even less sense for our government to deny ANY citizen the right to serve in the military — especially now, in a time of war. If someone is willing to fight and possibly die for his or her country what kind of stupid logic would deny that person the opportunity to do that just because of their sexual orientation. We are, quite apparently, a nation of moral elitists.

How many thousands of gay men and women have secretly joined the military, have served honorably and have lost their lives as a consequence? I don’t know the answer to that but common sense will tell you that a person’s sexual orientation by itself has absolutely no effect on their job performance. The military is unique in the one respect that it mandates people living together in close quarters and it, as a result, promotes immodesty. That shouldn’t be a problem! As I related in a comment to a post at Robert VerBruggen’s blog (Robert’s Rationale [linked below]):

“I was in the Navy many years ago, long before the don’t ask policy was even considered, and served with several shipmates who I knew were gay — they didn’t hide it and, with the exceptions of a few hard-core a-holes, no one gave them any grief about it, it was in fact treated lightly and we would all joke about it (“all” meaning the gay sailors would also participate). I look back on that experience and ask myself, what’s the big deal? If you get propositioned by a girl you don’t care for you turn her down, if you get propositioned by some guy you turn him down. Life goes on for all parties involved. Or have people really become so insecure that they can’t tolerate the fact that there are people in the world with different outlooks on sex?”

The answer to that last question is obviously Yes! It at least seems that there are very few people who are secure enough about their own sexual identity to face the fact that there are many who do not share their sexual orientation. Many will use their religious upbringing as an excuse; these people are proud to admit that they value religion more than they value freedom and logic.

Incidentally, I also stated in my comment to Robert’s blog that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” applied to everyone in the military, regardless of sexual orientation — after researching the policy I realize that I was very wrong — it is a different approach than the military used to take (they would ask up front and deny admission to those who were honest about their homosexual orientation) but as it is, it is clearly intended to discriminate against homosexuals.

Links:

SFGate.com: San Francisco schools to phase out Junior ROTC programs

The Fayetteville Observer: They Hate Us, They Really, Really, Hate Us

Human Rights Campaign: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harass”

From the blogosphere:

Robert’s Rationale: San Francisco bans JROTC over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Common Sense: School board votes to dump JROTC program

Whymrhymer’s fresh perspectives on today’s news, as published at BNN, also appear at My View from the Center. You are always welcome there!

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