Ok apdst. You are an extremist because you dislike gays. Now that is fine for you to hate gays. But do not try to legislate what they can or can not do. If they want to serve let them serve. What is wrong with you? If a gay guy rescues you from a burning building. Would you not want to be rescued by him due to his sexuality? He is doing a job. And people should be allowed to be themselves without any fear of repercussion due to something they have no control over.
Moderator's Warning: Let's not do the race baiting/race card thing, and all the accusations of such. For such divisive issue this thread has gone pretty well, let's not ruin it. Thank you.
I don't agree that the ban on membership in extremist orgs should be lifted, just for the record.
However, my faith in our service membes has been questioned and this is far from the first time.
I'm throwing out a challenge to see how much faith the abolitionists have in our troops.
I guess no one wants to take the challenge and give an honest answer.
Bigotry comes not from the thoughts in your head. It comes from what you do. It's pretty bigoted to say "gays aren't capable of being good soldiers", or "being around gays will destroy army morale." Actually, the second one is less bigoted and more stupid. But when you say those things, you are a bigot. That's how it works.
To that second argument, it's pretty dumb to think that a well trained soldier can handle life and death situations, injury, being shot at, having to shoot other people... But the gay cooties are over the line. That position shows an incredible lack of respect for our fighting force. They're smarter than that, and generally more decent people than that. After all, they're giving up their time, energy, and potentially their lives to serve their country. Don't assume that these people are as petty and fearful as you are.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.