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In Theory: Should 'Don't Ask' law be repealed?

September 29, 2010

The government is debating whether or not to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the U.S. military's 17-year-old policy prohibiting openly gay and lesbian servicemen and women from serving in the military. Some say that the military would benefit from the repeal. But others like Gen. James Amos, President Obama's nominee to become commandant of the Marine Corps, said changing the law would "weaken morale," according to a story on NPR News. What do you think? Should Don't Ask, Don't Tell be repealed? In the long run, will changing the law benefit gays and lesbians already serving in the military?

A person's sexual orientation is a matter between themselves and God. It is not up to us to decide whether one person's lifestyle is right or another's is wrong.

Jesus said: "Judge not lest you be judged." If we follow this rule there would be a lot fewer problems in social interaction. We would accept one another and not try to change one another. We would, in a word, love one another.

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Jesus taught us that every person has about them a certain nobility. They are created in his image, and that image is surely noble. If we respect a person's nobility, we then are respecting them and, at the same time, respecting the Christ within them.

I would never want to change even one tiny aspect of who Christ is. No one of us would. He is the all perfect God made man.

So, too, if we decide, by our judgmental attitude, that a person must change because they don't fit into what we consider the norm, we are offending the creator of that person and us. And if we tell them to hide who they are, we are doing the very same thing.

It is said that in his declining years, the beloved disciple John was carried into the center of the expectant crowds who were waiting anxiously to hear his words. He looked them in the eyes and uttered one sentence: "Little children, love one another." If we could only follow that one exhortation, how much simpler and more wonderful life would be.

The Rev. Richard Albarano

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church,

Burbank

I would never deny that homosexuals can be as effective as anyone else as servicemen and women. But the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy should not be repealed.

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