Tag Archives: military

Teaching stupidity

A whole new industry has sprung up in the US that peddles bigotry. Worse yet, it does so with government funding and teaches government agents to fear and hate part of the population they’re supposed to serve. It’s the anti-terrorism … Continue reading

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Social change, socialization, and the end of DADT

How ending DADT will spread the idea of equality for people of all orientations among parts of the US population which have previously been most homophobic. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise which allowed gays and lesbians to be members … Continue reading

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An open letter to Gen. Schwartz

Dear Gen. Schwartz, I was very heartened to hear about your recent release of guidelines for maintaining “government neutrality regarding religion.” When I met you at [a recent event] in the DC area, you told me that you’ve always seen … Continue reading

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Navy Chaplains, Damn Lies, and Statistics

In the latest example of stunning dishonesty from conservative Christians who want to view themselves as persecuted, a group of Navy Chaplains has apparently enlisted a damn liar statistician to “prove” that they’re being discriminated against by not being promoted … Continue reading

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Given names: Up now at the Slacktiverse!

I’ve got a new piece up at the Slacktiverse called “Given names,” on the topic of names and power. I draw from several different examples and intersections: military interactions, men using women’s names to create an unwanted sense of intimacy, … Continue reading

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Protect us all, or let it be

Since the Supreme Court affirmed that the execrable calumny produced by Fred Phelps’ clan (Westboro Baptist Church) is protected speech, Congress is considering passing laws that would expand the exclusion zones of time and space around military funerals. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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Imagine this: OPF

Imagine the uproar that would happen if a conservative Christian picked up a brochure in the Chaplain’s office that read: Officers’ Pagan Fellowship (OPF) of the U.S.A. was formed in 2011, in the midst of the longest-running wars in US … Continue reading

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