Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Here’s a couple of Republican candidates in Tennessee warmly reminiscing about the good old days when a gay soldier was “taken care of” in precisely the wrong way:

Kirkland, a Vietnam veteran, said of his time in the military: “I can tell you if there were any homosexuals in that group, they were taken care of in ways I can’t describe to you.”

Smith, who served in the first Iraqi war, added: “I definitely wouldn’t want to share a shower with a homosexual. We took care of that kind of stuff, just like (Kirkland) said.”


Ah yes, even the nostalgia was better in the old days — when you could attack people just for being gay in ways that are so vile they can’t be described in polite company. And you knew this was coming, right?

Smith, meanwhile, admitted that has friends who were quietly gay while serving in the military. “He claimed to be mainly concerned about increased hazing and violence perpetuated by a ‘bad element’ that he thinks could come with a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”

Oh, of course. I’m sure that’s exactly what your concern is. It has nothing to do with being so insecure that you can’t bunk with a gay man, as you previously claimed without equivocation. You’re just concerned about them. Because you’re a giver. You give. And everyone knows that the best way to help any group avoid being bashed is to keep them in a perpetual state of inequality.

You’re a bigot. Stop pretending not to be and just own up to it.