Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Beginning of the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

She certainly doesn't look like someone who would be bad for morale.

She's Air Force Reservist Major Margaret Witt from Spokane, Washington, and yesterday that 9th U.S. Circut Court of Appeals reinstated her, saying that the military cannot automatically discharge people because they are gay. Although they did not rule directly on the "don't ask, don't tell policy", their decision surely is the beginning of its end.

It's time to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity -- in all types of employment, in housing, in relationship and family recognition. As a minister, I affirm that sexual diversity is part of God's blessing. Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court said it shouldn't be a barrier to service.

Bless them.

1 comment:

scott said...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Addendum to Commandment 2
The oppressed also include blacks, minorities, people of color, gays, the disabled and people of different religions. Give them all equal rights.

Posted by scott at 12:58 PM 0 comments
New Commandments
New Commandments
Here are some more commandments that we can ignore:

1. Heal the sick. All over the world. Not just America.

2. Free the oppressed. In Tibet, Burma, Palestine, America and all over the world. Free women too. Give them equal rights.

3. Help the poor. All over the world and in America too.

4. Protect the unborn.

5. Take care of the earth. All of God's art.

6. Have mercy on all. Including prisoners and criminals. No more torture or inhumane treatment of any kind. No capital punishment. We are all murderers and criminals. For example, most Americans killed 600,000 Iraqis over a lie.

7. Do justice to all. Including the weak and powerless. Including the victims of crime.

8. Try to be fair. Find the correct balance between mercy and justice.

9. Try to find the correct balance. In all things.

10. Be nonviolent. Violence should be the very last resort. Currently it is not and never has been. Maybe it was a last resort in World War II. But it was the harsh reparations after World War I that eventually led to World War II. Follow the examples of Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Aung Sung Su Chi and Corozone Aquino.