Bil Browning

The same insulting and derogatory assumptions

Filed By Bil Browning | August 23, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Alex Nicholson, Don't Ask Don't Tell, insulting assumptions, Servicemembers United, spouse survey

"This survey of military spouses contains many of the same insulting and derogatory assumptions and insinuations about gays and lesbians that ran throughout the last survey. Answer choices suggest things like the Defense Department possibly distributing flyers in military neighborhoods if, as they say, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is repealed and that the 'readiness' of military families might somehow be impacted. Again we stress that neither the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff nor anyone else would ever stand for such insulting questions being asked about any other minority group in the military in this day and age. The Pentagon's senior leadership should seriously consider Servicemembers United's offer to meet with them in person to talk about the insensitivity of these surveys and how the poor handling of these surveys might negatively impact implementation."


-- Alex Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a former U.S. Army Human Intelligence Collector who was discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.


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Did I miss something?? I thought the idea was to collect negative data about implementation. Isn't that why the questions were asked the way they were?? Isn't that why the response is small and primarily limited to homophobes?? My understanding is that the surveys were designed to ENCOURAGE negative responses.