The blatant display of disrespect for an active duty American soldier by Republican audience members followed by Rick Santorum’s controversial, crowd pleasing reply, captured the essence of the Fox News Republican Debate Thursday night.

Currently stationed in Iraq, soldier Stephen Hill asked,  “In 2010 when I was deployed to Iraq, I had to lie about who I was because I’m a gay soldier and I didn’t want to lose my job… Under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that have been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?”

On the heels of a resounding “boo” from a number of audience members,  Santorum declared:

“I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. The fact they are making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to, and removing don’t ask don’t tell. I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military’s job is to do one thing: to defend our country…”

When asked by host Megan Kelly how he would handle soldiers such as Stephen Hill, Santorum pronounced, “What we are doing is playing social experimentation with our military right now. That’s tragic. I would just say that going forward we would reinstitute that policy if Rick Santorum was president. That policy would be re-instituted as far as people in, I would not throw them out because that would be unfair to them because of the policy of this administration. But we would move forward in conformity with what was happening in the past. Which was- sex is not an issue. It should not be an issue. Leave it alone. Keep it to yourself whether you are heterosexual or homosexual.”

Gay rights group GOProud called Rick Santorum for apology, RawStory reports. The advocates proclaim:

“That brave gay soldier is doing something Rick Santorum has never done — put his life on the line to defend our freedoms and our way of life. It is telling that Rick Santorum is so blinded by his anti-gay bigotry that he couldn’t even bring himself to thank that gay soldier for his service.”

No official word of an apology has been issued at this time, although John Huntsman and a representative of Rick Perry both echoed the term “unfortunate” to describe the homophobic, unpatriotic chain of events.

 

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  • ron

    Do ur research people, before u try to say what the DADT policy only deals with gays, thats a lie….im in the military, that policy deals with all of us smh do reserach…i dont care about what u pratice in private, thats between God and them..just serve the country and keep ur business to urself..sigh…..and wats up with that soldier wearing his pt shirt tight, were not issued them like them sighhh…idk…this man doesnt owe an apoplgy…just cuz some1 isnt politically correct all the time..they get backlash..smh thought we were in the usa freedom of speech…sad…just serve our country…nothing else….

    • whilome

      Yeah. “Serve our country….nothing else.” If that “nothing else” means “don’t let anyone know who you went to an off base gay bar last night” or you’ll get kicked out, you mean?
      Or if “nothing else” means YOU don’t get to mention that you have a boyfriend even though everyone else in your platoon is talking about the chicks they have back at home.
      Or if “nothing else” means that we can sing about “Jodie” stealing our “girl” during our PT, but a dude can’t admit that, no, in fact, his man got stole.

      I’m a Marine and I’ve seen 2 of my homies booted out under DADT. It was bullsh*t then and anyone who thinks that it’s a fair policy is a bigot and doesn’t know it.

      Privileged folks have to expand their mind and imagine what it’s like to live in the closet. How about this? Go 4 years without ever mentioning your loved ones to ANYONE again. See how that feels. Don’t mention your parents, siblings, girl, or boyfriend in any conversation with your friends and co-workers for four years straight. If you slip up, quit your job. That’s the deal. Ready, set….GO!

    • Skye

      @ whilome Excellent answer! These hate filled ppl are such great hypocrites they even manage to fool themselves into believing the words coming outta their mouths. Its like this republican candidacy is fueled by human dregs. But in a way i’m happy, if they keep on digging this hole any deeper it’ll collapse and we’ll be rid of em.

  • RenJennM

    I’m an Airman myself, and I think the DADT policy is bullsh*t. There’s a TON of different reasons to get dishonorably discharged (aka kicked out) or not even let in; some reasons I totally agree with, some I don’t. The reasons that have to do with the fact that you’re physically or mentally ill-equipped or unable to do your job or the fact that you’ll compromise the mission and/or safety of others I can understand. But your sexual preference? Really? C’mon son… unnecessary. Like some of the people above have stated… if sexuality really doesn’t matter, why are people getting fired or discriminated against because of it? Think people. To have to hide who you are or who you love to get a job, friends, or prevent from getting bullied or killed is terribly SAD.

    Also, to say that military members shouldn’t have sex or worry about sexuality is so stupid, it’s almost laughable. When you’re in the military (especially if you are active duty), it’s not just a job, IT’S YOUR LIFE. What’s included in a person’s life? Hm… let’s see: your friends/social life, your family, healthcare, benefits, bills, your home, your vehicle, the way you dress, how you are, etc. We’re not robots or androids–we’re PEOPLE who happen to do potentially life-threatening jobs, just like firemen or police officers. The difference is our job is on a bigger scale–protecting the country. So when your JOB is partially your LIFE, things like this DOES matter. The military shouldn’t be having sex??? How do think military members get kids, dumbass?! On a more depressing note, how do think some people in the military get raped?? SEX! So what the f**k are you talking about?

    Look… you cannot say personal issues don’t matter in military because that is highly inaccurate, and even ignorant. We receive training on being AWARE of issues like this or worse. These kinds of things affect people’s personal lives and benefits, which in turn affects their morale, and finally… the MISSION. The mission can NOT be compromised. So if issues like this affect it, they MATTER and we have to address them. It’s irrelevant if we disagree or think they’re trivial… these are our fellow troops and we have to look out for one another. You all forget that the people who are protecting this country ALSO need to be looked out for. Don’t forget that.