Unlike a certain right-wing, hateful harridan who shall remain nameless, General Pace’s homophobia matters. It should matter to every American who believes in fundamental fairness, and the egalitarian ethos inherent in our constitution. As I’ve grown older, I have grown increasingly intolerant of people who spout this socially acceptable hatred.
It is a vile and patently ridiculous prejudice that is grounded in a knuckle-dragging ignorance that is almost funny. Almost-until you consider that people are fired, beaten, harassed, murdered, commit suicide, and denied their constitutional right to be left alone. This happens to people when someone either mistakenly or accurately perceives them to be gay or lesbian.
A friend of mine was fired from his job last week because of this perception and I am absolutely beside myself with rage. Is this what we’ve come to in the Bush era? I find it unfathomable that people feel comfortable enough to do this hateful dirt.
Pace’s pronounced that, “I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,” the general continued, “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.”
“As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not,” he said. “We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior.”
I blame the President for sending mixed messages with his re-election campaign’s homophobic fixation with banning gay marriage and his appointment of two high-level gay officials to oversee AIDS policy as Ambassadors in the State Department. The current incumbant, Mark Dybul, is a physician and a captain in the HHS public health corps, an organization organized like a military unit with a military structure that serves the general public.
General Pace’s bigotry sends the message that gay and lesbian people cannot serve their country in the military but if they’re really smart, they can become an Ambassdor setting foreign policy. It is really ridiculous.
Coretta Scott King had a message for homophobes: Homophobia is like racism and anti-semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity, and personhood.
General Pace is a homophobe that disgraces the uniform of our country and demeans the heroism of gay and lesbian soldiers. He should resign.