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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Christofascist zombies are a far bigger threat to the military than out gays are
Posted by Jill | 12:51 AM
This is what happens when a President who ran on, among other things, bringing full rights to gay Americans, decides to throw them under the bus:
The body of a 29-year-old sailor was found in a Camp Pendleton guard shack Tuesday, and a “person of interest” was taken into custody in connection with the suspected homicide, Navy officials said yesterday.

The body of Seaman August Provost of Houston, Texas, was discovered about 3:30 a.m. on the western edge of the base, said Doug Sayers, a spokesman for Navy Region Southwest.

An autopsy was completed yesterday, but authorities were waiting for results of toxicology tests to determine a cause of death.

A “person of interest” was being held in the Navy brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. No charges have been filed.

The death has local gay activists calling for a formal investigation into whether Provost was slain because of his sexual orientation.

“We're definitely monitoring this and trust and hope the military will investigate this in the professional way it should,” said Nicole Murray-Ramirez, chairman of San Diego's Human Rights Commission. Murray-Rameriz also has contacted Reps. Susan Davis and Bob Filner, asking that they make official inquiries to the military concerning an investigation.

The Navy would not comment on whether Provost's orientation had anything to do with the death.

“While 'Don't ask, Don't tell' is in place, anybody in the military who is a homosexual has no place to go to get assistance or counseling,” said Ben Gomez of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an advocacy group for gays in the military.

Provost's boyfriend, Kaether Cordero, said yesterday that Provost was openly gay but kept his private life quiet for the most part.

“People who he was friends with, I knew that they knew,” Cordero said from Houston. “He didn't care that they knew. He trusted them.”

Provost had recently complained to his family that someone was harassing and bothering him, and they advised him to tell his supervisor, said his sister, Akalia.

Probably the WORST thing one can do in the military.

Whether Barack Obama has chosen this Jeebofascist church as his preferred house of worship remains to be seen (my guess is that he did, but is reconsidering due to political considerations that are not strong enough to allow him to do the right thing about DOMA and DADT), but it's no secret that fundamentalists are taking over much of the military with an eye towards creating an Army for Christ and turn the military into a crusading army, and this country into a theocracy. When Barack Obama decides to throw the gay community under the bus, he sends a message that this sort of thing may not be OK, but that he is not going to use his bully pulpit or any power he has to do anything about it.

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Blogger Bob said...
Two problems. First, there were shenanigans in the timing of Cash's 3 year posting to Camp David just before Obama took office. He's a Bush era selection. It was devious.

Second, as a new member of what constitutes an active military base congregation, Obama may not feel comfortable throwing his weight around & having Cash transferred out.

Obama can a send a strong message by inviting other pastors up to Camp David & hosting his own services. Which doesn't solve the problem of having a church community for his children.