As a vet myself, but also simply as an American, I’m incredibly saddened by the tragedy at Ft. Hood.
It’s interesting to note that the President defended diversity of religious beliefs in the military, while many still worry about our community’s diversity hurting the military:
The backgrounds of the victims serve as a poignant reminder of the diversity of the U.S. military, a theme President Obama spoke about in his weekly radio address.
“They are Americans of every race, faith and station. They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers,” he said. “They are descendents of immigrants and immigrants themselves. They reflect the diversity that makes this America. But what they share is a patriotism like no other.”
Obama’s remarks were aimed at quelling some of the tension surrounding the Muslim faith of the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, who was reportedly distraught about a pending deployment to either Afghanistan or Iraq.
I wonder if any of Hasan’s victims were closeted gays or lesbians? Think about it. Just because “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is in place doesn’t mean that gay people don’t serve in our military – they do, I did. DADT simply means that you can’t be open about who you are, and you and your family don’t get the same rights as your fellow soldier or sailor. If any of the killed or injured were gay or lesbian, their partners and families would not be allowed a myriad number of rights afforded to their straight counterparts – heck, you wouldn’t have even been notified that your partner was shot, or worse. You couldn’t visit them in the hospital. You couldn’t get updates as to how they’re doing.
And that is un-American.