Steve Ralls

'Love Thursdays,' But 'Don't Ask' About U.S. Gays in the Military

Filed By Steve Ralls | October 29, 2007 11:10 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Afghanistan, Don't Ask Don't Tell, military, Montgomery County

First it was slut day, and now it's 'Love Thursdays.'

In an effort to show just how culturally sensitive it is, the United States military has placed one Montgomery McFate (her real name, I swear) on active duty in the armed forces. And her job is somewhere between Deepak Chopra in camo and a Pentagon-endorsed Mother Teresa.

McFate, who received her doctorate from Yale, has been embedded with combat units inside Afghanistan. She is part of a "crucial new weapon" in the war, and this one-woman torpedo of tolerance is all about teaching the troops to respect cultural differences between themselves and the Afghan population.

Monty McFate has wasted no time getting down to business: She's been showing our men and women in uniform that there's nothing wrong with a little 'hanky panky' between older Afghan men and young Afghan boys.

Let's look at what will surely make Phyllis Schlafly's head explode, after the jump.

According to the New York Times, "Ms. McFate stressed her success at getting American soldiers to stop making moral judgments about a local Afghan cultural practice in which older men go off with younger boys on 'love Thursdays' and do some 'hanky-panky.' 'Stop imposing your values on others,' was the message for the American soldiers."

It sounds almost like American McTolerance, until you consider how little the United States armed forces has done to curb 'values-imposing' in its own ranks. There are no 'love Thursdays' for gays in our armed forces, and every day seems like 'Pink Slip Sundays' when you consider that two service members are fired under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' every day.

Did Montgomery ever consider the McFate of those men and women inside our own military?

I have to imagine that no one inside the Pentagon tasked Dr. McFate with teaching our troops to embrace tolerance in their own units. Instead, our men and women in uniform are being asked to make friends with same-sex, May-December Afghan romances but turn in lesbian and gay service personnel in their own ranks for discrimination and dismissal.

What McPocrisy!

If our military is going to spread tolerance and acceptance abroad, shouldn't it embody those ideals at home? If we're going to romanticize the Thursday night life of Afghan daddy culture, surely we should show a little more respect to our LGBT service members and their families.

With more than 65,000 lesbian and gay Americans on duty in our armed forces, Pentagon leaders need to put at least as much emphasis on making them feel welcome as they do on making the Afghan people feel respected.

Apparently in Afghanistan, it's OK to 'love Thursdays . . . ' but 'don't ask' about how we treat U.S. gays in the military. Their McFate is far different, indeed.

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What's truly concerning is that most of these May-Dec "romances" are nothing of the sort. Time magazine recently had an article about these relationships. The boys enter duty at 13 or 14 while the men are usually 35+. The boys are made to dance suggestively and are often shared between several men on a given night. Having your own boy is something of a status symbol, but for many of the boys becoming a "bacha bereesh" is their only hope to escape grinding poverty.

So way to go US military! Defend the right to gay rape children, but still refuse to allow consenting adults who happen to be gay to serve in the military. Ah yes. America under Bush II.