So says Ron Kirkland, a congressional candidate who says that ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is—according to HuffPo—”simply a matter of ‘political correctness’ that would place unneeded stress on military service members.” Last I checked, demanding equal rights in place of discriminatory policies is a little more serious than that, but even more disturbing is Kirkland’s story of his experiences with queer soldiers: “they were taken care of in ways I can’t describe to you.” According to the Associated Press, a veteran of the first Iraqi war says he “definitely wouldn’t want to share a shower with a homosexual. We took care of that kind of stuff, just like (Kirkland) said.”
Unless there’s TNT in your shampoo, it’s beyond me why any soldier would feel more threatened by a gay comrade in the shower than by minefields or enemy gunfire, but that’s not the point here. What exactly do we mean here by making sure gay soldiers are “taken care of?” Certainly no one who talks about one’s fellow soldiers with such menacing terms has any right to try to sway military policy of any kind, particularly DADT. While Kirkland told The Jackson Sun that his comments were “a joke,” try taking seriously anyone who says, “I don’t even like unisex bathrooms.” One has to wonder if Kirkland is really concerned about political correctness so much as just . . . well, “silly” doesn’t even begin to cover it.
What do you think? Why do so many opposers of queer rights seem to think our fights for equality are just about being politically correct?