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Monday, October 25, 2010

Who has the right way to serve?

There had been so much buzz about Lt. Dan Choi’s visit at our campus and aside from meeting him and getting a personal hug, excitement has really died down for many people from the outside. They have expressed their unhappiness with the Judicial decision of killing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Just last week as I was talking to my family and friends about this issue. We know a veteran and he was at our house, and he really disliked the fact that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is gone. He said to me, “what? Are you serious?! That is just horrible and we hate that Korean guy!” and I said to him, “there is absolutely nothing wrong with gay soldiers serving for the country. Why do you think that anyway?” and he gave me some facts as to why that would be terrible. He says that the bathrooms are open and you’ll never know if that person is staring at you while you’re showering, it feels so awkward. He then added that it is just wrong that gay soldiers are even allowed to sleep in the same barracks as straight soldiers do. Obviously the conversation was cut short since one of my family members said that it was such an inappropriate conversation at the dinner table and we should all just skip to the other topic, and that was how it ended.

So as I was going through I found an interesting view of this subject and here is an excerpt of the response in the article:

"There's no absolute right to serve. Men under the height of 5 feet, 2 inches can't serve - I don't see anybody protesting. Where are the people standing in front of the White House, the short guys standing in front of the White House? You don't see it," Bielat said. "We understand that there's no absolute right to serve in all these other areas."


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