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Last edited by Hancock; 12-17-10 at 11:57 PM.
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Further, the actual numbers presented in this document hurt your case, with crimes based on race(over half of all hate crimes, and crimes based on religion both being more common.
There is zero evidence that violence against gays is a significant problem in this country. While no violence would be good, it's just not going to happen. Your argument opens up denying military service based on race and religion as well as orientation using your logic.
Now maybe my reasoning is faulty, but it strikes me as a fair assumption that some of these bullies end up joining the military, and that as bullies are often charismatic and the military stresses conformity, this combination might be a reason to advise some caution.
I am not suggesting that DADT not be repealed, that is way past due, in my opinion. I am suggesting though that folks should be alert and proactive. Those starting a tour of duty in the military are most often young enough to still make some very foolish decisions. The threat of conflicts which might arise from this impulse that a lot of aggressive kids have to bully needs to be acknowledged.
Last edited by Just1Voice; 12-18-10 at 02:02 AM.
And, those incidents were not about violence, as much as bullying, which is really happening to almost any teenager that is different. Bullying should be dealt with, whether it happens in school or in the military, quickly and fairly. Although from my experience, the military does a much better job at dealing with bullying than high schools. Bullying in the military is usually more about a person's ability to do their job (or lack of) or how much a person actually complains/whines about doing the job or other things. Much of the harassment that happens in the military is not due to specific characteristics. And the harassment that does happen to people because of their traits (race, sex, religion, sexuality) will mostly be verbal, not physical, unless the person is actually causing problems.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
Hell, some people still wanna party like it's 1959.
What ya gonna do?
In 2029, this will all be history and they will be laughing at the 1999'er's much like we laugh at the 1959'er's today.
And the beat goes on.
America. What a country!
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
When people commit hate crimes, they do so out of indignant moral ignorance. They feel entitled to attack the victim because the victim is representing some form of image violation that is contrary to their already established internalized standard image, that they perceive is superior.
Defining Hate in the United States -- In These Times
Thus far, it would appear that you are not in the least bit aware of hate crimes as they are related to the LGBT community specifically, their frequency of being reported, the level of bullying currently taking place within our schools, or the devastating effects of both bully and hate crimes upon some of the most precious members of our society.
Last edited by Hancock; 12-18-10 at 03:06 AM.
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