26 June 2009

A good guy needs our help.

On Tuesday at 8 am, Lt. Daniel Choi will stand before a military tribunal facing charges of "personal and moral dereliction."
What was this crime?
He refused to lie to or willfully mislead his comrades and his superior officers.
Lt. Choi said, "I am gay." In that instant, the fact that he is an Iraq combat veteran, an infantry officer, a fluent Arabic speaker, and a West Point graduate became professionally immaterial for no other reason than he can now be identified as a gay person. It's unspeakably vile that any group — much less the US military — would take the position that honesty is a "moral dereliction" while lying is necessary for "good order and unit cohesion."
This is not a prosecution, this is a persecution, and this shit's gotta end.
Lt. Choi wants to bring evidence of YOUR support for his trial on Tuesday. It's a handy prefab form, but you can add an optional personal message.
This guy is the Rosa Parks of DADT. If you ever imagined standing up for a civil rights issue if you got a chance, here it is. Ms Parks didn't take that seat on the bus to precipitate a legal challenge unconstitutional discrimination. She did it because her feet hurt.
I'll let Lt. Choi tell you why he's challenging DADT:
National security means many things, but the thing that makes us secure in our nation and homes is love. What makes me a better soldier, leader, Christian and human being is love. And I'm not going to hide my love.
Love is worth it.
Thank you for your support.
Daniel W. Choi
New York Army National Guard
Dammit, now I've got something in my eye...

1 chimed in:

Rebecca said...

Damn it, now I do too.
I wrote my Congressman, will add my name to this heroic man's cause.