The Department of Prejudice

So 2.5 million people party in Brazil’s gay parade (below). Meanwhile, in that bastion of freedom to the north, it transpires that the Pentagon still regards being gay as a mental illness. Illegal wars, torture and imprisonment without trial are perfectly sane behaviour, no doubt. I wonder what the Pentagon thinks of the gay British soldiers currently serving alongside the US army in Iraq. And what do those soldiers feel about being insulted like this?

4 thoughts on “The Department of Prejudice”

  1. “Here’s how I feel about gays in the military: anyone…DUMB ENOUGH to want to be in the military should be allowed in. End of fucking story. That should be the only requirement. I don’t care how many push-ups you can do, put on a helmet, go wait in that fox hole. We’ll tell you when we need you to kill somebody. I’ve been watching all these Congressional hearings, and all these military guys and all the pundits going, ‘The esprit de corps will be affected and we are such a moral…’ excuse me, aren’t you all a bunch of fucking HIRED KILLERS? SHUT UP!”

    – Bill Hicks

  2. Maximum respect to Bill. I’m increasingly sick of the drivel from the portion of the American populus that’s ignorant, bigoted, or–in the case of the anti-evolution wretches–just plain stupid. Hardly worth arguing with them because there is no argument; pseudo-science and superstition used as an excuse for every last piece of hatred and ugliness.

    Arguments against gays in the military (which, for the record, were also used by the MoD here) have been proved definitively redundant by the experience of countries that have no problem with them serving. Same with the issue of gay marriage which the US is currently tying itself in knots over. A great country deserves better.

  3. And remember Hicks died back in \’94. The same arguments coming up over a decade later.

    \”Everything\’s old under the sun\” – Pink Floyd

  4. That’s right. Britain was still a pretty benighted place in 1994 but we got over it. America has yet to catch up.

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