Thursday, September 27, 2007

Shut the Fuck Up

It's amazing, but of course not surprising, that people in such high positions can continue to make such basic, stupid mistakes. Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff once again showed his ignorance of how representative democracy is supposed to work -

"We need to be very precise then, about what I said wearing my stars and being very conscious of it," he added. "And that is, very simply, that we should respect those who want to serve the nation but not through the law of the land, condone activity that, in my upbringing, is counter to God's law."
It's just not that hard. Peter Pace, private citizen, is free to hold the belief that homosexuality is immoral under "God's law". That makes him a bigot, but he's free to think what he wants. But then to posit this idea that the government should be in the business of condoning or condemning behavior that is based on his religious principles is nuts. Once again, behavior that has no impact on the rights of others is out of bounds for the government. Yes, I know that half of our country doesn't agree, but it's disheartening that someone who is supposed to uphold our freedoms clearly doesn't even have a basic understanding of what he's defending.

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chosha said...

Actually, holding the belief alone doesn't make him a bigot at all. It's hating homosexuals as a group, for no other reason than that they belong to that group (rather than thinking of them or dealing with them as individuals) that would make him a bigot. People don't have to embrace every belief in order to avoid bigotry. They just have to show tolerance for others' beliefs, and not treat anyone in a prejudiced manner.

Chris Howard said...

Ok, maybe he doesn't hate gay people, but I think we're splitting hairs here. If he believes homosexual behavior to be immoral, and that we should not "through the law of the land, condone activity counter to God's law.", I think we can take it that he supports legal discrimination against homosexuals, i.e. criminalization of homosexual sex, denial of the right to legally marry etc... In my eyes, that would make him a bigot. Whether his grounds are religious or not doesn't mater to me.