Hunter (foxglovehp) wrote in talk_politics,

Interjecting a Note of Religiosity Here

Gays in the military?  Pagans in the military?  Gay Pagans in the military?!?  WTF???

I appreciate all the hoopla and good feelings in the gay community over the vote to repeal DADT.  It's a great step in the right direction.  It's also a policy that I might add which will stay in place even once it is signed into law - possibly for quite some time.

Being Wiccan, I've experienced discrimination in the military firsthand.  Considering freedom of religion is actually mentioned in the Constitution, and given that Wicca and Witchcraft have been in the Army Chaplains Manual literally for decades (N.B. the last of the Witchcraft laws were repealed in the 1951), you'd think this kind of thing couldn't happen .  This being the winter holiday season - which we all know is only marginally related to Christianity - the subject of religion in the military comes up fairly frequently for us.

Note: A lot of people also point to Truman's desegregation of the military as a model for the repeal of DADT.  Maybe it is.  But that also took decades to work its way into practical application.  There were also several laws on the books outside of the military literally for decades after Executive Order 9981 was signed.   Executive Order 9981 was put into law largely because the draft didn't discriminate and put large numbers of blacks into the military, so segregation was actually impractical.   BTW, EO 9981 didn't go into effect in the military for six years.  But I still contend that as a practical matter, comparing this to the repeal of DADT would be comparing like apples to anvils

So given the Constitutional protection of freedom of religion and we still don't get that right in the military, what makes anyone think the military is ready for gays to serve openly?
Tags: gay rights, military, religion
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