Days of Change

Day 367 – Gay or Muslim?

November 6, 2009
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This is going to be controversial, to say the least.

There was a reason to keep homosexuals out of the government at one time. By necessity, being gay meant being in hiding. Having a secret makes one vulnerable to blackmail. Eventually, however, it became a vicious circle. It was socially acceptable to be “out,” but it was still illegal in a military position. Don’t ask, don’t tell took out the presumption of a witch hunt, but it still occurred, since finding out was as bad as telling.

I think that this country has reached a point where being gay is not something to be happy about, but still someone’s own business. No one really wants to know about someone’s sexuality in general. Keeping people out of government because of sexual orientation is quickly becoming unbelievable.

At the same time, the government is bringing in more and more Muslims into extremely sensitive jobs. The impetus is that the need for Arab translators is so great, that vetting is less than thorough. Add to that the presumption that Muslims are in some sort of danger of being discriminated and you have a non-critical view of people who at any other time might not get a job like that.

People who know Arabic are likely first or second generation immigrants. They are highly prone to sympathize with Muslim extremism and can easily slip in, having divided loyalties at the outset. It’s not politically correct, but these applicants must be screened more heavily.

The culmination of both groups is that the government has fired loyal gay American translators in favor of Muslims with dubious backgrounds. There have been cases of Arabic translators who have been converted by radical Islamic propaganda. I know who I’d prefer.

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