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Medal of Honor Recipient: Gays Should Serve

The gays are coming. But Thomas G. Kelley, Medal of Honor recipient in the Vietnam War, says don’t be afraid. One wonders if Kelley is considering the Satan factor, and why we are departing from the wisdom of China, Russia and Iran, but here’s Kelley’s words from the Boston Herald’s Peter Gelzinis:

By Peter Gelzinis

‘In another five years,’ Thomas G. Kelley was saying yesterday, ‘I doubt this will be an issue. Remember, in 1948, people blasted Harry Truman for integrating the military. They said mixing blacks and whites could never work.

As it turned out, the military was ahead of the rest of society on that issue. On this issue, the military is years behind.’

Kelley, who is secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veteran’s Services, a naval officer and a Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam, had followed coverage of testimony on the ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

‘No matter how I look at the issue,’ Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee, ‘I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. . . . Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.’

Shortly after Mike Mullen spoke his mind, Kelley sent his friend an e-mail congratulating him for articulating the view Kelley has held for more than 20 years.

‘Admiral Mullen was honest enough to say that he’d served with homosexuals since 1968,’ Kelley said. ‘It was the same for me, when I was commanding a ship more than 25 years ago. There was no secret about who was gay . . . and it didn’t matter. What mattered was that they were good sailors, trustworthy and reliable people you could depend upon.’

Like so many others, Kelley believes the resistance to scuttling ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ falls largely along generational lines. The older the soldier, the harder to let go of outdated stereotypes and caricatures that don’t apply.

‘You hear this nonsense about gays threatening unit cohesion,’ Kelley said. ‘The real threat to that kind of cohesion, that sense of family, is when people are forced to acknowledge a lie. You have to be able to trust the soldier precisely for who he or she may be. That’s the only way cohesion takes place. It’s called integrity.’

Tom Kelley has already made his feelings about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ known to the members of the congressional delegation, including our new senator, Scott Brown.

After being sworn in Thursday night, Brown was asked about the policy and promptly hedged. He said he needed to ‘consult with our generals in the field’ first. Translation: I’m waiting to hear from John McCain.

At Tuesday’s hearing, judging by the telltale wisps of smoke that seeped out of both ears, it was clear McCain couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Not long ago, McCain had said the only way he could change his support for the lie better known as ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ was if the military leadership asked that it be changed. That happened Tuesday.

And the seething maverick’s flustered initial response was to suggest Adm. Mullen was speaking only for himself. Nice try, John.

Interestingly enough, it was Papa McCain who hooked Brown up with Steve Schrage, our senator’s new chief of staff. Schrage used to work for Colin Powell, who has reversed his position on ‘Don’t ask’ – to mirror Mike Mullen’s.

Does this mean Scott Brown could actually take a step forward, instead of hanging back with those angry old soldiers like the one from Arizona?

Anything’s possible. But I’m guessing the only ‘field general’ Scott will pay attention to is the one with the silvery strands across his head and the smoke coming out of his ears.

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10 Comments for “Medal of Honor Recipient: Gays Should Serve”

  1. I was a Navy Journalist/Mass Communication Specialist from 1996-2007. During that period, I was privilege to be stationed on an Air Force base, an Army Base and at several Naval Commands (including two forward-deployed ships). I interviewed thousands of service men and women and saw our nation’s finest from multiple locations and in multiple environments across the globe. What is amazing to me is the resilience of our people and their ability to adapt and overcome. The military is, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, made up of a cross-section of American society. I figured that out from the very first few months when one of my bunkmates in boot camp was pulled from ranks and sent home on charges of attempted murder. I’ve seen shipmates drunk, depressed, delinquent, presumptuous, passed out and pissed off. I’ve also seen them charitable, caring, compassionate, prosperous, pious and penitent. I’ve served alongside reformed thieves and AA-lifers. I’ve seen racial lines melt and gender lines dissolve while the uniform works its magic. If we believe that allowing gays and lesbians to truthfully answer a simple question about who they may or not be dating is going to crumble the very foundation upon which this nation was built, then we have much more to worry about than sexuality.
    The gay men and women I’ve served with have only ever asked for one thing, the ability to live a life free of being “outed” and subsequently fired because of it. They don’t want to wave a flag; they don’t want it to be an issue at all. It’s a matter of coming to the point where the conversation dies and we all say, “You’re gay, so what?” and move on. As the world’s mightiest and most adaptive force, I think it’s not just possible, it’s required. Finally – the issue of integrity shouldn’t be brushed aside – If the person serving next to you is willing to/or required to lie about who they are in the presence of people who are supposed to be their professional family, isn’t it possible they’ll be willing to lie about others?

  2. Just a thought or maybe more than one, I don’t know. If we allow any and all the former Gang members (Bikers, Latinos…etc, who says they still won’t be) in the military and of course you have your minorities, male, female, cliques-finance, admin, medical, black shoe, brown shoe, CBs, religious fanatics, foreign nationals, drunks, gamblers, sex maniacs, nutrition experts, Fat, thins, day shift, night shift, wienies, exercise freaks, people with high integrity and others with none, yankees, southerners, California surfers, survivalists, educated and them with none and anybody else I might have missed, why do we make any exception? My only problem with it is that if somebody whistles at me 1.) it’s my boss to get my attention 2.) it’s the other sex, same reason. And I am still not sure I can see the same sex swapping spit when they meet each other after a long TDY. Other than that, I’m Ok with it. As for the security problems that’s someone else’s job. I mean I have seen millionaires in the lower enlisted ranks so….

  3. Your type of Christians sure do get frightened easily..Okay we allow the Gays to infiltrate and romp wildly in all the barracks of the US Military..pink camos and everything..seducing all those Marines….
    Dont worry..The Rapture will be here in 2 years and walla you have nothing to worry about..It’ll take the military longer than that to recruite enough gay people to have much effect..and youll be on the bus with Jesus…

    your savior would be sick to his stomach to hear your whinning..turn the other cheek.
    Pun intended…

    • Just remember God is always watching as he has an eternal FISA Warrant used to protect this shining house on the hill.

    • btaylor: real Christians do not get frightened easily. we don’t get frightened at all cause we know “Who Holds Tomorrow.” In the statements above, we just stated what is in store for you all and it’s not our words, but the words from the scriptures. So you along with them – beware! Us born-again are sure and know where we are going after we leave this life. Most of you don’t have a clue what awaits you including your “other cheek” “pun intended” lifestyle. lol.. Have a nice life and may the Lord show mercy upon you all. It’s time to repent.

  4. Christian Patriot

    Who says the US needs the service of 1% of the gays of the US? I do not call that material support. Are their numbers so great that they would make a serious impact on the US’s national security, I don’t think so. They may do as they please, just don’t bring it out in public and force it on me. I am not going to suffer a gay as my involuntary room mate in the barracks or in a foxhole. The can be only one who will survive that encounter.

    The GBLT agenda destroys God’s Creation Plan of Order, remember that if you will. God, man, gardener job, woman, marriage, children, family, clans, tribes, religious rest on the Sabbath, mom and dad teaching their daughters and sons all they knew in place of a school, neighbors, cities, counties, states as free & independent, Sovereign States, that make up free, God-fearing nations, who have said, IN GOD WE TRUST.

    The very minute you attack the Bastion of God’s disseminating institutions of religious truth of God’s Correct Bible Doctrines in the marriage, families, and children, you have unraveled the whole of American God-fearing society at the point of marriage, families, churches, godly schools and eventually the rot putrefies and ruins whole nations, which God then destroys. Not one nation in all of man’s history has accepted this GBLT life style and lived to talk about it.

    So tell me, without God, without marriage and family, what nation is worth fighting for? Not a one country, not even the USA. What you have left is anarchy and chaos, greed and lust, robbery and sex with and murder of innocents and death panels for our elders. You no longer have a family or society left. This is the goal of the adversary, not one marriage, not one family, and no more children left to spread the Word of God.

    While our darker brothers of the Chinese, Indian, Arabic, Muslim, Hispance racs leap ahead in population at 8 to 10 kids per family, the White race churns out a paltry 1.3 kids per family. We need 2.11 kids per family to sustain our ethnic group, values and race to a future posterity. No ethnic, race or religion has fallen below 1.9 kids per family and survived, no, not one.

    We have forgotten how to have families under God, to have children and to raise them to be God-fearing saints. Instead, we by birth control have murdered 50 million babies, and now stand poised to starve, under-medicate and convene death panels of our parents and grandparents. May God strike them all down soon. But that is not yet bad enough??? We must support diversity that is decimating our whole race, ethnic and religious group, and support the GBLT life style of abstinence by means of birth control, same sex grouping, abortion, so that they have killed their own source of where they themselves came from, and they do this without realizing they and their own will be no more, for the sake of the Glory of the God of this world, money, lust and pleasure.

    Islam has already taken over all of Europe and Russia, they are doomed and this is soon coming to the US, where 46% of the white race has laid down and gave up. Russian now pay white couples to have more babies, $5000 and $10,000 for each extra child, to maintain their current demographics.

    Whites are now a minority in the US and world, we have already lost our heritage, our religious values, our ethnic group, and our race to those who are doing as God said, be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth, but not with godless idolaters, but with Christians Patriots, who believe in freedom, independence, rights, liberties, property and the right to pursue happiness. In the 1960′s the US was 90% white and now we are 46%, what happened? Lax border defense and no immigration controls of illegal aliens.

    If you have a race, ethnic group or religion, you must have s sufficient number of like minded people to maintain such with enough money to purchase political, military and social power. The White Race no longer cares at all about such, as so they are going extinct as a race. It is time to wake up.

    • And a Sieg Heil to you too, sir.

      Keeps me up at night worrying about the future of white children.

    • AMEN my Christian Brother. Remember it is written on the Book of Romans 1:24-32 Verse (24)”Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. (25)They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

      (26)Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. (27)In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

      (28)Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. (29)They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, (30)slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; (31)they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. (32)Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

      Straight from the WORD OF GOD, the BIBLE. So those people like BO, Pelosi, the Clintons, Rep. Frank Barney, SF Mayor Newsum, Sec. Gates, Collin Powell and some high level Pentagon folks are just as guilty & condenmed as those who approve & condome these deviant practices. So go on, keep up with your “politically correctness” alibi and when your day comes, you will find out if it was worth it the least. Most of you agree just to get some send of “approval.” You are no different than a juvenile longing for belonging and approval by their peers so he goes out and stabs someone or robs a liquor store just to be accepted in that stupid gang. Same-same. Is it worth it? Go figure.

  5. Some day, we’ll look back with amazement that we tolerated any form of a communication gap in the military:

    http://bit.ly/9YNli3

    (satire)

  6. Why is DOD and the US Government pushing these for the few while forsaking the morals of the majority? Obviously they don’t give a rats *ss? Why “shove” these issues down the throat of the straight people? Is that the proper thing to do? Why don’t we return to democracy and allow the men and women in uniform to vote on these issues? After all they’re the ones affected and not even one of those bureaucrats in Washington. Let’s see who’s going to win? Gates did this just to keep job and 6 figure retirement incomes. Gates is a manipulator. He’s served both Republican and Democrat presidents. He’s a class act without the class. He’s just a sucksass anywhichway he can to keep his job. He’s worst than Rummy. Why is it that the majority no longer have any say on anything anymore?

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