Repeal of DADT Will Unleash Soldier Hermaphrodites?
February 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—President Obama’s pledge to end the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell policy,” has resulted in predictable opposition from Republicans, despite support to end the practice from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and even Retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell. But Republican freshman congressman Rep. Duncan Hunter from California, offered an unusual take on his reasons for opposing a policy of allowing gay soldiers to serve openly. He is concerned that repealing DADT would open the military floodgates to “transgenders, to hermaphrodites.” That’s right, Rep. Hunter, who is a former marine, believes that transsexuals and hermaphrodites will immediately flock to military recruiting offices throughout the country, because no longer discriminating based on sexual orientation means that the military “is going to let everybody in.” And just a little tip to Rep. Hunter: sexual orientation has nothing to do with individuals born with intersex conditions.
Of course Rep. Hunter is throwing out the terms transgender and hermaphrodite, as a fear-mongering tactic, equating such individuals to circus freaks in his view.
He made his bizarre statements during a recent interview with NPR radio, when asked why he opposed the repeal of DADT:
HUNTER: “Well, because I think that it’s bad for the cohesiveness and the unity of the military units, especially that are in close combat — that are in close quarters in country right now. It’s not the time to do it. It’s — the military is not civilian life, and I think the folks that have been in the military that have been in these very close situations with each other — there has to be a special bond there, and I think that that bond is broken if you open up to the military to transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians.
When questioned on his transgender and hermaphrodite claims, Hunter explained that repealing DADT would open the military floodgates to just about anyone:
HUNTER: “Part of this whole thing, it’s not just gays and lesbians it’s the whole gay, lesbian transgender, bisexual community. If they’re going to let anybody in no mater what sexual preference they have. That means the military is going to let everybody in. That means it’s going to be like civilian life”
Source: Media Matters