Friday, November 17, 2006

Try Again, Pentagon

Over the summer, it was discovered that the Department of Defense was classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder in a document that outlines discharge policies.

Considering the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders over three decades ago, the Pentagon came under some heat for the classification.

Rather than try to defend the indefensible, the DoD opted to change the classification.

So, as part of its discharge policy, the Pentagon no longer considers homosexuality a mental disorder akin to schizophrenia and mental retardation.

Now it just considers homosexuality to be a "defect" alongside bed-wetting, alcoholism, and chronic venereal disease infections.

In response to the new classification, the APA released the following statement to the Pentagon: "We appreciate your good-faith effort to address our concern that the document was not medically accurate. But we remain concerned because we believe that the revised document lacks the clarity necessary to resolve the issue."

To translate, that's academic for, "How's the weather up your own ass?"

Here's something for the Pentagon brass to consider: Maybe there seems to be no good place for homosexuality in a discharge policy because it doesn't belong in a discharge policy.

1 Comments:

Anonymous deke said...

Bravo!

You hit the issue square on the head.

It is alarming so many skilled men and women who have been trained at taxpayer’s expense to serve their nation in time of turmoil have been removed from the military over their sexual identification. According to the 2000 U.S. Census data over 65,000 military personnel describe themselves as gay. Their service is jeopardized by the insane notion of somehow equating ones sexuality with the ability to well serve this nation in the military. Conservative Senator Barry Goldwater once said that he did not care if people in the military were straight, only that they could shoot straight.

November 17, 2006  

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