Monday, February 09, 2009

Duty, honor & country don't matter

Duty, honor & country don't matter -- at least not to the Kansas National Guard or to the rest of the U.S. military. All that matters is sexual orientation. Just ask Amy Brian who lost her calling and her benefits for no other reason than for who she is.

The word is that President Obama wants to slow down the process of tackling, and we hope, overturning the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. I used to think that a slow down was a good idea, as long as we eventually saw action.

After reading this story, I realized that I've been a fool. The nation desperately needs qualified soldiers. And people like Brian, who served with honor and skill in Iraq and at home, need justice.

PHOTO: This is part of a larger photo of Amy Brian published by the Topeka Capital-Journal. More photos are available at the link.

1 comment:

Jack Jodell said...

The homophobia in this country and especially in the military is utterly ridiculous. With all of the pressing problems we face today, the absolute last thing on ANY American's mind should be someone's sexual orientation! We love to preach to the world that we are the land of the free, but we're far more socially and economically conservative than many countries. It's disgusting!