Sunday, April 5, 2009

Don't ask, Don't tell

Thanks to Dollymae Dagger for permission to use this.

The U.S. government is reevaluating the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays and lesbians. Predictably, some people are organizing against its revocation, claiming that will "undermine morale." I could go on endlessly on how wrong-minded and simply wrong that is (In the Israeli Defense Force, for example, "It's a non-issue... You can be a very good officer, a creative one, a brave one and be gay at the same time."Link)
But nothing I say can possibly say it better than this incredible tombstone.

16 comments:

a thousand shades of twilight said...

Bad for morale? I think not! Silly, silly people!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Well said.

yellowdog granny said...

made me weep....

Jeff said...

A brave soldier and a very brave man...

Pop Tart said...

That is an awesome tombstone. I spend a lot of time in cemeteries, and I've yet to see one with such sentiments.

Pyzahn said...

This makes my heart hurt.

jason said...

haven't these people heard of Alexander the Great?
Seriously, folks.

sageweb said...

wow that says so much. when will the USA realize The Gays are normal people.

mumbliss said...

This is one of the things that make me feel deeply ashamed. It is a painful time in history. Someday soon it will be different, and our children and their friends will have difficulty believing or understanding how we could allow this inhumanity and injustice.

more cowbell said...

Wow, that is a powerful message. Thanks for posting that photo.

I'm a veteran, and just want to say that the whole lowering morale business is bullshit -- it's not even about the gay service members, it's about the few straight ones who still have an issue. But guess what, it's the military, baby, so if DADT goes away, and it becomes policy that gays can serve openly, then those few straight soldiers who still have an issue will just suck it up and drive on, like they do with any other issue. Because at that point, it's policy, it's about the mission, not about your personal issues, soldier.

They'll deal. It will be fine.

Kathleen said...

First time visiting your blog. Love it love love it...looking forward to reading more!

Elizabeth said...

All - Thanks so much for your comments. I've been distracted with various kid-related things (sickness, spring breaks, etc, etc) and have been neglecting you all!

It's an amazing headstone, isn't it? And Cowbell, exactly!

Kathleen - Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! I look forward to visiting your site too.

rellorbabe said...

I'm doing my final performance to graduate from my university on the don't ask don't policy and that photograph not only brought me to tears but will now be shared with my entire department. beautiful. Thank you so much Elizabeth

Elizabeth said...

rellorbabe - I'm so glad you'll be able to use this! Please, if you can in that format, give credit to the original photographer (a flickr friend of mine).

veganrampage2 said...

Ouch, my heart. Please visit or join Knight's Out, Dan Choi is the head of this org. I have never joined a military organizition or one affiliated with the military, but as soon as heard of them this commie pinko vegan peace activist rushed to sigh up!
Thanks for this photo, it says it all.
Zellyblue

Elizabeth said...

Zelly -I will definitely check it out! I saw Dan Choi on Olberman and was so impressed with him. A brave, intelligent, wonderful man and a true American hero.