Monday, May 17, 2010

The Price of Integrity

Okay, I'll bite: How much is it?

Apparently the answer to that question is exactly $79,265.14 -- that's how much ROTC scholarship recipient Sara Isaacson is expected to cough up and pay back for her ROTC scholarship because her idea of integrity included coming out as a lesbian to her commanding officer.

Imagine that. They basically cashiered poor Sara from the officer training program and are now expecting her to pay back her scholarship. All because they drummed into her the concept of "integrity" -- while, tragically, not having any of it themselves.

You can read more at HuffPost and various other sites, but it's sad that the antiquated "don't ask don't tell" rules are still in effect, and from all reports a person who would have made a fine officer is now ineligible to serve.

Isn't it past time to get rid of that stupid rule? GLBT Americans are fully citizens of this country and if they want to serve in uniform, just fucking let them!

As I've said before, this is as abhorrent an abuse of civil rights as keeping African-Americans out of the military except for roles as cooks and servers in the Navy was.