Bil Browning

Second verse - same as the first

Filed By Bil Browning | June 11, 2007 4:10 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, homophobic behavior, Jason Knight, military, Navy, SLDN

Jason KnightDo you remember the other posts we've done about Navy serviceman Jason Knight? Knight was kicked out of the armed forces under Don't Ask Don't Tell and then recalled to active duty and sent to Kuwait only to get booted again after coming out nationally in several interviews on his second go-round. After all, Knight was openly gay the entire time of second tour of duty in the Navy - he'd already "told!"

Well, the story doesn't end there. Knight's dismissal form once again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' instead of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' and places him in the Individual Ready Reserve. The classification allows him to again be called to active duty.

Steve Ralls, director of communications for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said in an e-mailed statement, "It's a very pleasant, and unexpected, surprise to learn that the Navy so values Jason's service that they have again assigned him to the Individual Ready Reserves, despite his very public advocacy as an openly gay man. There are clearly many people inside the armed forces who couldn't care less about sexual orientation. In fact, our national security would be far better served if more commands elected to so visibly support their gay troops. The Navy has welcomed Jason Knight not once, not twice, but now a third time, and he has always answered the call to duty. His story proves there is no room to question the patriotism, dedication and commitment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans."

This story easily points out the stupidity of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Knight's commanding officers had no problem with his sexuality. His colleagues didn't care that he was gay. Stars and Stripes newspaper held him up to be a model service member when they reported on the openly gay sailor. Knight wants to serve! And yet the former Petty Officer 2nd Class, a Hebrew linguist, and an openly gay man isn't wanted "officially" - or is he? At this point, even I wish the Navy would make up its mind instead of acting like wishy-washy ole Charlie Brown.

How much longer will this policy last?


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