Regardless of whether my novel is actually published on September 20, 2011, or not, the date will always be special to me since it was DADT, or more specifically, since it was all the harassment and abuse and even murder that was inflicted on so many service members because of DADT, that served as the impetus for why I wrote the novel to begin with.
How else can I best exploit for my own bloated self-indulging interest the pain, suffering, and humiliation of thousands of those who served their country during the course of the life of the humiliating DADT policy than by releasing on or about the date of DADT's death a book with themes that attempt to illustrate the pain, suffering, and humiliation of those who served while being humiliated by the DADT policy?
If tolerating the non-violent, First Amendment-sanctioned views and expressions of Westboro Baptist Church, and the KKK, and the Nation of Islam, or any other hate group is the price we have to pay for freedom, then it must be paid.
I joined the navy in 1983, which means that I served for about ten years when it was illegal for homosexuals to enter the military. Even though it was illegal, I think it is safe to assume that there still were homosexuals serving during that time; but back then since I was young and singularly … Continue reading Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst
Because of my personal interest in this important civil rights issue, I have been closely following the national debate regarding the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for some time now. My view on whether homosexuals should be allowed to openly serve in the military has significantly evolved since I first joined the navy in … Continue reading Homosexuality and Our National Interest
[picappgallerysingle id="8281946"]I'm really confused by all of the activity surrounding the Don't Ask Don't Tell debate recently. A week ago, the Senate blocked a bill that would repeal the law. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that it was unconstitutional for the military to have discharged an Air Force officer because she was a lesbian. … Continue reading DADT Confusion
photo credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Back in May of this year, the Department of Defense put up an online inbox where servicemembers and their family can anonymously post what they feel the impact of repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy would have on the military. The survey closed on August … Continue reading DADT Survey