Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What the "troops" think

Is apparently better known in the mind of draft shirkers like Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, and Newt Gingrich than those who actually served in the trenches:

– 60% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans believe that being gay or lesbian “has no bearing on a service member’s ability to perform their duties.” Only 29% disagree.

– 73% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans say it is “personally acceptable to them if gay and lesbian people were allowed to serve openly in the military.” Only a quarter (25%) would find it unacceptable.

– 73% Iraq and Afghanistan veterans say “they are personally comfortable in the presence of gays and lesbians.” Only a quarter (23%) is uncomfortable, and hardly anyone is very uncomfortable (only 7%).


Major Woody said...

Why, from those numbers you'd think it was just a tiny percentage of bigots who care about the sexual orientation of their peers!

By the way, that's just one more thing that irks me about this whole debate. Sure, it's great that an overwhelming majority of the military are fine with gay servicemen and women, but that should be irrelevant. It's simply wrong and discriminatory, and should not be allowed. Majority rules is fine for voting, but not for basic issues of rights and social justice.

Anonymous said...

Hey, they don't like gays, they don't like health care, they don't like anything the Obama administration tries and does..that's why they are the party of NO!
vox, aka anon

pansypoo said...

butbutut gays are icky.

to a minority.

Olives and Arrows said...


Hey !!

For once I agree with something that Woody wrote! Individual rights should never be subject to the tyranny of the majority.
key words: should never

As for gay rights Barack Obama and the majority of the the American public oppose such issues as same-sex marriage and gays in the military.


pansypoo said...

blah blah blah