How do I explain ignorant bigots like Ike Skelton to my 7 year old child?
I really want to know how we can possibly have an honest discourse on the subject of "don't ask, don't tell" when I have to stop and explain how a truly ignorant bigot like Rep. Ike Skelton is serving as a politician, never mind on the Armed Services Committee, to my 7 year old child?
Of all the ridiculous rationalizations that we've seen peddled to justify opposing the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," this one takes the cake:
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday that he thought the military should keep its ban on openly gay service members in part because he did not want to open a national discussion about homosexuality. The chairman, Representative Ike Skelton, a conservative Missouri Democrat, said he thought the debate in Congress over the proposed repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy might force families to explain homosexuality to their children. “What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?” Mr. Skelton asked reporters at a news media breakfast.
Is this really how the freaking chairman of the House Armed Services Committee makes his decisions about military policy? On how it's going to play with the elementary school crowd?
Stop hiding behind kids, Ike.
Too many kids already have to witness enough hate these days... Don't make me have to explain YOUR PERSONAL PROBLEMS to my child, Ike.