DADT Meldown Watch: Linda Harvey Bemoans the Loss of Disgust

The politics of disgust having failed, Linda Harvey, of Mission America, writes the following zinger in the wake of the repeal today of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT):

Now it’s a toss-up as to which movement will take down our country first: radical Islam via creeping Shariah, or the Christ-hating left with a lavender military in the lead.

And she enumerates disgust as a right now lost by military personnel:

Their rights to disgust – to “hating evil” – are gone. This is a tragedy, . . .

If true, of course, this would be wrong, for each individual has a right to feel disgust toward anything that he or she wants. But Linda Harvey has offered up a straw man. The end of DADT does not repeal your right to feel disgust, to hate evil, or to express your opinions. Instead, it means you cannot lose your job in the military simply because you happen to be homosexual. In other words, employment discrimination for gays in the military is over. Approximately 14,000 military personnel, since the early 1990s, have lost their jobs for being homosexual. That’s wrong, and that’s what is coming to an end—not the right to feel disgust, hate evil, or express opinions. To hear Linda Harvey tell it, you might think that overturning DADT means the repeal of the 1st Amendment. It doesn’t. It means the ending of an injustice. This is a good day for all who respect individual rights, the right to conscience, and the open expression of conscience for all

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to DADT Meldown Watch: Linda Harvey Bemoans the Loss of Disgust

  1. This is quite common in the religious right. They think it is their right to be able to tell others how to live and to deny others the same rights they enjoy. And when the people fight back, and America does the right and just thing to overturn such bigotry and oppression – the religious right claims oppression. How dare you not allow them to tell others how to live.

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