American Humanist Association Hails Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Posted: 21 Dec 2010 11:21 AM PST
The American Humanist Association (AHA) hailed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” Saturday when the Senate’s bill to allow gays to serve openly in the military was successfully passed. The House passed the measure on Wednesday.
“This is an inspiring, and frankly, overdue step forward for the LGBT community and all of us who care about equality,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “A group of citizens historically marginalized and discriminated against have finally gained hard-fought ground. No longer will people be asked to lie about who they love in order to serve our country in the military.”
“Don’t ask, don’t tell,” a policy implemented under the
The Senate ultimately voted in favor of the repeal by a margin of 65-31, with eight Republicans crossing the aisle. The repeal will take effect after Pentagon and White House approval.
“An estimated 14,000 troops have been discharged under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ 14,000 dedicated and hard-working individuals forced to sacrifice their careers in the name of nothing more than bigotry and prejudice,” said Speckhardt.
“Our service men and women have put their lives on the line to protect those freedoms for which they themselves could not enjoy while in the midst of military service,” said Jason Frye, coordinator of the AHA’s LGBT Humanist Council. “No one taking up the noble call of serving our country should ever have had to endure or live in fear of the tarnishing effects of dishonorable discharge based upon matters wholly unrelated to the professionalism of the call of duty.”
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Repent Amarillo “executes” Santa
Posted: 21 Dec 2010 11:12 AM PST
The good folks at Repent Amarillo, a
Santa’s crimes, read from a paper scroll wound about two gigantic plastic crayons, are read aloud to . . . no, not a department store Santa, but a papier-mache ornament.
A crew of Repent Amarillo members, all clad in matching sweatshirts with the “COEXIST” symbol crossed out and the text of 1 Corinthians 16:22 (a) (NKJV) emblazoned across the chest (“If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed”), then “executed” Santa via firing squad.
This bizarre twist in the “War on Christmas” moves a step beyond the American Family Association’s “Naughty and Nice” list. The two-million-member Christian Right AFA, recently identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is intent upon pressuring every store in the country to promote Christmas in advertising . . . and has no objection whatsoever to Santa displays or crass commercialism.
What do you think of the execution of Santa? Is Santa good for kids and adults?
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