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    The military has made great efforts to eliminate racism in the ranks.  While I seriously doubt it's completely succeeded, it's certainly made the attempt.

    On issues of sexism, it's really behind the times.  I'm sure that the official policy is one of zero tolerance, but the practical reality appears to be quite different.

    As for homophobia, since it is actually the official, legally sanctioned policy of the U.S. military, it's hardly surprising that it is tolerated.  Let us not forget that DADT is de jure discrimination.  Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, a law declaring open homosexuality incompatible with military service.  It's helpful to remeber what 10 U.S.C. § 654(a) actually says:

    (13) The prohibition against homosexual conduct is a longstanding element of military law that continues to be necessary in the unique circumstances of military service.

    (14) The armed forces must maintain personnel policies that exclude persons whose presence in the armed forces would create an unacceptable risk to the armed forces' high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.

    (15) The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.

    Now, having read that, is it really surprising that bigotry is tolerated?  Given a statutory directive to discriminate, I'd be surprised if the result were anything else.

    Maladie d'Amour, Où l'on meurt d'Aimer, Seul et sans Amour, Sid'abandonné

    by FogCityJohn on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 12:27:06 AM PDT

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