We wouldn't want to let gays and lesbians in the military come out, because that would make the military all that much less manly. It's the military culture, you see, that has to be protected or else we won't be able to keep on killing Iraqis. And what better way for men in a homosocial environment to prove their masculinity than to beat up fags?
The question, like many others at Thursday night's [Republican House candidate forum], was strongly worded, at one point charging the gay lifestyle is extremely medically destructive and that a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal would cause the federal government to spend more on health care as a result -- then asking the candidates how they felt about a repeal.
[Ron] Kirkland, a Jackson physician, referring to his training while serving in the Vietnam War era, told the crowd: "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."
[Randy] Smith, a chef from Mercer and a Gulf War veteran, responded: "I definitely wouldn't want to share a shower with a homosexual. We took care of that kind of stuff, just like (Kirkland) said."
Kirkland took the coward's way out and said it was a joke when asked by a journalist:
I caught up with Kirkland after the event and asked him about his comment, noting that it could be interpreted as him condoning violence against gays. "It's a joke," he initially said about his comment during the forum, then went on to talk about why he thinks the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy exists and is needed.
Isn't that just special? He gets to pretend to be a big, manly gay basher in front of homophobic voters, but when word gets out to normal human beings the "just kidding!" explanation will be attached to it. There's a man who'll stand by his words.
Smith's explanation is just gibberish:
Smith said after the forum that he has friends who were quietly gay while serving in the military, and that he was primarily 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."
Of course, accusing either of these upstanding citizens of being homophobic would just be out of line. They have traditional values that tell them they have to take care of certain things. It's not like they hate gays or anything; sometimes you've just got to beat up a fag.
And these are the same people who cry foul if any sort of anti-violence law specifically mentions LGBT people, saying that those laws shouldn't cater to a minority, all bullying and violence is bad no matter who the victim is, yada yada yada. But get them when they think they aren't in mixed company and they'll start to list the people it's OK to beat up.