Discussion of DADT
Ok, so some few of you have put me up to starting a post here on the Flight Deck for to continue the discussion of DADT that was earlier posted by Lex.
I openly admit that I’m not quite sure where to begin with this one – there’s the military/social aspect of it, to be sure, but there’s also a huge debate about the morality (or lack thereof) of being a practicing homosexual. Note that I am referring to the practice – not the orientation, which is a whole ‘nother topic.
Let’s start with tolerance, since that seems to be the current buzzword on the issue, and one that the gay rights groups tend to fling at folks who disagree with them on the subject.
But what IS tolerance, really? Is it synonymous with acceptance? Is it agreement? What are my responsibilities vis-a-vis someone who holds a belief and/or engages in a practice that I find morally repugnant? And if I’m supposed to “tolerate” their worldview, does that mean that I have equal right to expect them to tolerate mine? To me, the gay agenda seems to be not so much about equal rights as equal acceptance. Why is this so important to them? I believe that the answer to that question brings up a whole slew of moral issues, which have at their root a need to justify a particular action by some means in order to assuage any feelings of guilt that may arise.
For example, killing is an abhorrent practice – none of us in our right minds would ever say that we want to kill another person, not only because of the social taboo but because there is a strong internal aversion to taking another’s life. Even under circumstances where killing is justified or necessary, there is a significant emotional upheaval that takes place, and guilt and/or shame is a common expression – even among warriors who are trained in such duties.
So for homosexuals, I believe that a significant number feel or have felt a degree of personal guilt/shame about either their orientation or their actions. They attempt to rationalize this feeling first by shrugging off the responsibility for their actions – “It’s not my fault; I was made this way!” But it seems as though it is not enough for them to convince themselves of the rightness of their actions – they long for society to give them approval as well. They label someone as “homophobic” if they continue to disapprove, which conveniently turns the table by identifying their target as suffering from a mental condition, as though I am somehow irrationally scared of someone who is attracted to the same sex.
Ok, that’s about all I can think of at the moment, pressed as I am with schoolwork and my upcoming ordination. I have endeavored to be as respectful as possible in my comments because, though I may disagree with the beliefs and practices of the homosexual community, I nevertheless respect them as humans and believe that they are just as loved and valued by their Creator as I am. If you choose to comment, please keep it civil.