Former American President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter has come out against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
The Navy veteran released a statement through Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:
It is my long-held belief that every human being deserves dignity and respect. I often heard that phrase during my years at the United States Naval Academy, I carried it out as Commander-in-Chief, and it continues to animate my
human rights work around the globe today. The nation’s commitment to human rights requires that lawmakers revisit ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the current policy that prevents lesbians, gays and bisexuals from serving openly in our armed forces.
Wait, gays are human? Holy shit! Someone tell Congress! Oh, wait, Carter just did. And so have countless other people and our government still doesn’t get it. SDLN’s hoping, however, that President Carter’s words will hit home.
SLDN legal honcho Sharra Greer notes that Carter’s “[The] first Nobel laureate to call for an end to this unconscionable discrimination within our own government…” Because our government loves peace.
Carter’s statement continues:
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is the only law in America today that regulates a group of citizens then prohibits them from identifying themselves and speaking up on their own behalf. Gay soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are unable to tell their Member of Congress or their commander that the policy is an abject failure and they are living proof because they will face discharge. Those who defend our liberties and freedoms deserve better.
Thank you, Mr. President. Now, if you could also pass a little note about gay marriage, we’d really appreciate it. Also, tell Bushie we need some hate crime protection.
Oh, also – can we get started on those flying cars. It is, after all, the 21st century. Just because the government lives like barbarians, doesn’t mean we have to…