Rick Perry is either ignorant about history, a closed – minded bigot, or just plain stupid. His “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military” campaign ad is making the rounds on the World Wide Web. Facebook folk are deleting friends over it; Tweets are twittering, and boy, are they youtubing.
Many brilliant military leaders served openly gay. Alexander the Great, one of the most amazing leaders in the history of military, had at least two male lovers. This was the norm in Ancient Greece. Men had wives and mistresses as well as lovers, both males and females.
Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionhearted, was the King of England from 1189 to 1199. He was popular and made a hero due to his fighting in the Third Crusade. History tells us he had a male lover, and despite his confessions in church, he continued to be open about his sexuality. Richard married Queen Berengaria for political reasons.
T.E. Lawrence, “Lawrence of Arabia,” led a successful fighting campaign that included a two-month crossing of the desert in the Middle East. He is known for many accomplishments, to include being a remarkable military strategist during World War I. He was also a British spy. Some Lawrence historians say he was homosexual, some insist bisexual. He refused all medals awarded to him after the war ended, and tried to hide from the public. He died in 1935.
There is no way to list all of today’s gay soldiers, JAG, drivers, pilots, cooks, translators, writers, snipers, SEALS, strategists, nurses, doctors, yeomen, repair persons, computer specialists, law enforcement, officers, agents, navigators, sailors, reservists, special ops, or security and safety experts that would love to serve their country openly. Because of closed – minded bigots, gay military must hide, as if in shame. Because of laws and rules, they fear speaking of a loved one back home for fear of being discharged. A heterosexual officer can talk openly to their loved ones via satellite anytime. A heterosexual loved one can openly claim the body of a soldier who gave all for the country. Why does Rick Perry want to appear like a closed – minded bigot?
Perry says he is “not ashamed to admit (he is) a Christian,” but he embarrasses Christians when he mourns, “Our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas… in schools.” He should have done his homework. Christians led the first documented Christmas controversy. It was during the English Interregnum; England was ruled by a Puritan Parliament. Puritans disliked the “pagan” elements of Christmas; they banned the holiday. The Army was sent to raid homes and seize all cooked meat. Like most Christian holidays, Christmas utilizes Pagan fundamentals: Holly, yule logs, candles, mistletoe, and Christmas trees. Christians also led such a ban later, in the United States. Not every person in the United States is Christian. Jewish, Muslim, Christian – children of all faiths could share their traditions in school, so kids could learn about other cultures. Perhaps it would put a stop to the bullying and, later, the hate crimes. If Rick Perry sees “something wrong” with that, he is just plain stupid.
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