Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Elaine Donnelly Testifies

Everyone’s favorite anti-gay bigot, Elaine Donnelly, testified before the House Armed Services committee this week, and boy did she put on a performance. Dana Milbank wrote about it in the Washington Post:

Donnelly treated the panel to an extraordinary exhibition of rage. She warned of “transgenders in the military.” She warned that lesbians would take pictures of people in the shower. She spoke ominously of gays spreading “HIV positivity” through the ranks.

“We’re talking about real consequences for real people,” Donnelly proclaimed. Her written statement added warnings about “inappropriate passive/aggressive actions common in the homosexual community,” the prospects of “forcible sodomy” and “exotic forms of sexual expression,” and the case of “a group of black lesbians who decided to gang-assault” a fellow soldier.

Apparently, there are rational people on the committee who are able to see through such arguments:

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) labeled her statement “just bonkers” and “dumb,” and he called her claims about an HIV menace “inappropriate.” Said Snyder: “By this analysis . . . we ought to recruit only lesbians for the military, because they have the lowest incidence of HIV in the country.”

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), a veteran of the war in Iraq, called Donnelly’s words “an insult to me and many of the soldiers” by saying they “aren’t professional enough to serve openly with gay troops while successfully completing their military mission.”

Retorted Donnelly: “What would you say to Cynthia Yost, the woman on a training exercise assaulted by a group of lesbians?”

I wouldn’t say anything to Yost, but I’d say this to Donnelly: there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of sexual assaults in the military every year, virtually every one of them by a heterosexual against a heterosexual. Why is one incident of gay sexual assault a reason to keep gays out of the military while hundreds of straight sexual assaults are not a reason to keep straights out of the military? Oh, and by the way, the incident she referred to? She had to go back to 1974 for that one.

This is the kind of question that the bigots can’t answer and it’s because their arguments are not genuine, they are special pleading.