posted on Dec, 28 2010 @ 04:34 PM
The argument and the problems with this are far from over, the courts will have to decide on what to do about many issues when it comes to this. The
article mentions about a Lt Colonel in the reserves with a strong moral conviction, that he disagrees with the current order. After reading the
letter, it does not state that he is wishing to be removed from the military service, rather he is stating that he wishes to be relieved of command,
that he can not in good faith execute the orders that are given, in the training of his troops, on how to deal with those people who are gay.
Now some of the posts that followed, stated about an infected person and not getting blood from a gay person on the grounds of fear of contracting
HIV. The reality is that many of the blood supplies, as much as they are screened, there is always a chance, depending on how old the supply is, that
there is some sort of disease of some kind floating around in the blood system, as no system is 100% fool proof, and safe. It is a risk that everyone
must be willing to deal with every time they go into a hospital. After all looking at the state of some of the military hospital, HIV is the least of
your worries, there are far worse things that could infect a person or persons that would be brought back by the military personnel from around the
world, and some of those things make HIV look like a walk in the park.
There will have to be also rules and codes of conduct that will need to be reviewed, and enforced on both parts, not just those in the military but
also those would serve, and have been discharged from the military for their sexual orientation. It is also to include a revising of the military
code of conduct that governs the US armed services and those who are having to serve under it. This is just the first step in a very long hard road
that the US military will have to take.
Questions are still raising up and the outcome has yet to be determined. Maybe it is time to let those who are gay serve openly in the US military.
Take out arguments, all questions of difference, and it boils down to the final question of do you want the best person for the job or not. Too many
people are not allowed in for one reason or another. If the US is a nation of Laws, with equality being for every citizen of the country, then to
deny the very opportunities to one group for what ever reason, is at the core of it all, discrimination. There needs to be equality and change is
something that not many people when told they have to, but there has to be change.
But back to the question at hand, this officer, he did nothing wrong, and it is his right, just cause a person is in the US military, the freedom of
religion and the very beliefs do not stop when they put on a uniform, rather they have the right to believe and to worship as they see fit. Take that
away, and it will be a very bad day for the military. We need men of consciousness in the US military these days, to question and even willing to
resign their commission if they feel the US military has gone to far and it would violate their sense of morality. If not, then it sets a dangerous
presidence. There are cases in history, when people of little faith, did not stop and question, and by the time they did, it was too late. We do not
want that ever.