Thursday, July 22, 2010

Homosexual Drama Queen Dan Choi Discharged By U.S. Army For Voluntarily, Deliberately, And Repeatedly Violating "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, a poster child for the gay rights movement because he decided to become an activist while in uniform, has finally received his just desserts. CNN reports that the U.S. Army has discharged him honorably effective June 29th, 2010. Dan Choi has his own website HERE, and he's also a founding member of KnightsOut.

Choi, a veteran of 11 years service, was once a strac troop who graduated from West Point in 2003. He became an infantry platoon leader, serving in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Multiplying his effectiveness as a platoon leader was his fluency in Arabic. However, Choi was gay, and, influenced by the stern Honor Code taught to cadets at West Point, became increasingly troubled by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), believing it forced him to lie about his sexuality. Unfortunately, this belief became a full-blown obsession, and finally on May 7th, 2009, decided to dramatically come out of the closet to MSNBC's lesbian talk-show host Rachel Maddow. Notice in the video, which I found on Pam's House Blend, that Maddow deliberately misrepresents DADT during the intro, claiming that gays are forced to "lie" about their sexuality:

Gays are not forced to "lie"; instead, they're merely discouraged from headlining and weaponizing their sexual orientation. The premise is that one joins the service to serve the country, not to be gay.

One month after appearing on MSNBC, Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him. Choi faced a hearing where the primary evidence against him was his statement on MSNBC. Despite the board's recommendation for discharge, the case was never finalized and Choi continued to serve in his military unit. Undoubtedly the Army hoped he would shut up and go back to soldiering.

But such was not to be the case. Choi repaid the Army's forbearance by continuing public pro-gay activism while in uniform. He brags about debating frequently on countless radio and T.V. appearances, claiming that he was exposing "falsehoods, fear-mongering, and outright bigotry". On March 19th, 2010, Choi stooped to new lows when, along with former Army Captain James Pietrangelo, he chained himself to the White House fence and was arrested with over a dozen so-called "patriots" around the country in the pursuit of justice. Choi and Piterangelo spent the night in prison. Then on April 20th, 2010, Choi was arrested again and spent the night in jail with four other veterans.

Finally, the Army had enough of Choi's outrageously provocative behavior and gave him the sack. He received notification of his discharge from his Army National Guard batallion commander. In response, Choi told CNN, "This is both an infuriating and painful announcement...But my service continues...Remaining silent when our family and community members are fired or punished for who they truly are would be an unequivocal moral dereliction that tarnishes the honor of the uniform and insults the meaning of America."

I would suggest that going on talk shows talking down the military and chaining one's self to the White House while a serving officer tarnishes the honor of the uniform far more. As a serving officer, his mission was to serve the country, not become an open and partisan political advocate. Unlike USAF Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, who outed himself as gay solely to clear his name in a criminal investigation, and who is being unjustly pursued by the Air Force because of it, Dan Choi voluntarily outed himself for gratuitous political purposes.

Lt. Col. Fehrenbach deserves to stay in the Air Force. Dan Choi deserves to go.

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