I was surprised to see an 8 to 0 vote today in the Supreme Court. Usually there’s at least one dissenter, but not in this case. The case was about allowing military recruiters onto college campuses and the Supreme Court decided recruiters should be allowed if federal money is being given to the school. The controversy started when students at some campuses in the nation began fighting against allowing military recruiters because of the military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy, a watered down policy hoping to allow gays into the military. To read an opinion from an insider point of view click here.

While I can see how this decision is a huge setback for gay rights activists, I can also see where the Supreme Court is coming from. The decision says that if a school receives federal funding they have to allow military recruiters. That’s pretty logical thinking. Perhaps gay lobbyists should be working on changing the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy rather than trying to get rid of military recruiters. We need people to defend our country and if you’re accepting money from the government then you should be willing to allow them to find some soldiers as an even trade.

Discrimination against gays is one of the few forms of discrimination still allowed, and even somewhat acceptable, in the United States. Some people even feel comfortable making anti-gay remarks in public and it disgusts me. Intolerance is like a disease in this nation and it seems to be spreading at a speed not seen in decades. It’s unfortunate that lawmakers seem to be supporting it at every turn and the American public seems so content to be apathetic about it. We don’t vote. We don’t speak out. We don’t question.

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”
-Robert M. Hutchins

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