Missouri State Senator: Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Would Offend Muslims
Republican Missouri State Senator Gary Nodler, who is challenging GOP Congressman Roy Blunt for his seat, says overturning DADT would be “a cultural affront,” and “directly threaten the lives of soldiers today.” Or, as Tony Messenger in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch summed it up:
Nodler’s argument: The Muslim nations of Iraq and Afghanistan, where America is fighting two wars, are opposed to homosexuality. Changing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” would offend the terrorists in such a way that could put soldiers — and America — at risk of further terrorist attacks.
Nodler says it’s not about offending terrorists:
I never said that this would be a cultural affront to terrorists. I don’t care what they think. I said it would be a cultural affront to the Muslims in who’s country we are operating. We can not win the hearts and minds of the people by insulting them and ignoring the standards of their culture. This is about the people who live there and the armies we are serving with. Your comment makes the common mistake that all Muslims are terrorists.
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