WorldNetDaily is promoted continued ignorance regarding what repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) will do for transgender people. And, the quoted, chief of the Center For Military Readiness — Elaine Donnelly — and her organizations appear either to be genuinely ignorant about how repeal of DADT doesn’t impact transgender people, or she and her organizations are conscientiously stupid on the subject.

Geez, a simple Google search with the keywords “DADT” and  “transgender” could answer the question conclusively for her and her peers: the answer is “Zippity-doo-dah.”

Image: Elaine Donnelly, chief of the Center For Military ReadinessFrom the WorldNetDaily article Grilling to get tough over ‘gays’ in ranks; Armed Services supporters want answers about pending social plan (emphasis added):

“Congress rushed to repeal the 1993 law during the lame-duck session last December, following superficial hearings in the Senate and no House hearings at all on the findings of a Pentagon report on the subject that was released on Nov. 30, 2010,” [Elaine Donnelly, chief of the Center For Military Readiness] wrote in the [Center For Military Readiness] report.

“Most observers have no idea how the new ‘non-discrimination’ law and policies would work in actual practice.”

…The broad topics of questioning, the report suggests, should include the purposes of the 1993 law and the new LGBT plan, the practical consequences of the change, morale and discipline, training and tolerance issues, military effectiveness, religious liberties, sustaining the force, family-social-medical concerns, required changes in the military’s law, and others.

“The general public has yet to understand the full consequences of the LGBT law, an unprecedented policy that opens the military to professed lesbian, gay, bisexual and, by implication, transgendered personnel,” the report said.

There is also a series of questions posed from a group called the Military Culture Coalition. Lest you think the Military Culture Coalition is a significantly different group than Elaine Donnelly’s Center For Military Readiness, you need to read the Military Culture Coalition’s About Us webpage:

The Military Culture Coalition (MCC) is a network of organizations and opinion leaders who have joined with the Center for Military Readiness in supporting high standards and sound priorities in the making of military personnel policies.  CMR organized the MCC in February 2010 as a forum to share and communicate information in support of the current law regarding homosexuals in the military (Section 654, Title 10, U.S.C.), which is usually mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

In the Military Culture Coalition’s “separate” set of questions regarding DADT and transgender people include this one:

“Will recruits be required to induct transgendered persons or individuals who desire ‘gender reassignment’ treatment and surgery? If not, what would the rationale be?”

The exact quote from the Support Plan for Implementation; Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is on page 70, and is found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the report. The FAQ question and answer is as follows:

Can transgender or transsexual individuals join the Military Services?

No. Transgender and transsexual individuals are not permitted to join the Military Services. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has no effect on these policies.

None. Zip. Nothing for transgender people changed with the repeal of DADT. The mistruths about what repeal of DADT from the religious right and social conservatives — some of which I linked to here and here — continues on in the social conservatives’ fact devoid echo chamber.

The religious right and social conservatives could easily know the answer to questions about how DADT effected open military service by transgender people, but they choose sincere, echo chamber inspired ignorance, or conscientious stupidity.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

And seeing how those on the religious right and social conservatives in the Republican Party are now running one of the two houses of the United State’s legislative branch, the danger to lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s equality under the law, as well as to military readiness, isn’t completely imaginary.



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Autumn Sandeen

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