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It’s getting harder to hide the homophobia behind arguments in favor of keeping Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. John McCain, for example, has continued to walk further and further off the cliff of reason- one day he’ll realize that there isn’t any solid, rational ground beneath his feet anymore,  and he’ll make that familiar cartoon fall. 

And it will be his own homophobic fault. 

But there’s nothing funny about what Joe Rehyansky, a part-time magistrate in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and a former assistant district attorney, said last month about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell on The Daily Caller, a conservative news site. 

“Lesbians should be allowed to serve [because it] would get the distaff part of our homosexual population off our collective ‘Broke Back,’ thus giving straight male GIs a fair shot at converting lesbians and bringing them into the mainstream."

Go ahead and take a minute to let that sink in. 

Homophobia is ugly and despicable enough as it is…but a judge advocating corrective rape?! An American judge who thinks it’s a good idea to ask our male soldiers to rape certain of our female soldiers? He’s saying not only that the lesbians need to be raped, but that, presumably, the brave men who risk their lives for our country every day (70% of whom just said they have no problem serving alongside openly gay and lesbian service members) would have no problem becoming rapists!

How the hell am I supposed to respond to something like this? I am shocked. I am outraged. I am disgusted. I am angry. This guy is sick and twisted and he has absolutely no clue what he’s talking about. He does not understand what rape is. He went online and he wrote a blog telling people that he thinks that female service members should be physically violated. Do you think he would say this to their faces? Do you think he would say this in a speech? Do you think he’s written a letter to Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggesting this disgusting idea? Do you think if he was in a room full of lesbian troops that he would say something so vile and revolting? Do you think he would suggest that it was for their own good? For the good of their country? For unit cohesion?

On June 19, 2008, the UN Security Council voted unanimously on Resolution 1820, “describing rape as a tactic of war and a threat to international security.”

the Security Council noted that “women and girls are particularly targeted by the use of sexual violence, including as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instill fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group.”

 In this case, the group being humiliated, dominated, and having fear instilled upon them are the gay female service members of the United States armed forces. If Joe Rehyansky has his way.

 Rape is an intolerable weapon of war! Not a tactic of conversion! Raping a lesbian will not make her sexually attracted to men. That’s ludicrous. What is so hard to understand about this? What makes “corrective rape” make sense? If someone is a lesbian, nothing is going to change that. 

Joe Rehyansky, you do not control women. Some women are lesbians, which means that they will never be sexually attracted to men, much less to you specifically. You have no control over this. You cannot change this. Threatening to send a Marine or an Air Force pilot or a Navy Seal to rape them isn’t going to change this. 

It’s just going to let the world know that you, Joe Rehyansky of Hamilton County Tennessee, are a despicable, contemptible, and appalling man who should be begging these women to forgive you for making such an insulting, homophobic, misogynistic, and disgusting proposal. You are a disgrace to your fellow veterans, and an embarrassment to the 70% of today’s military who will surely lead us to an even better future. One that doesn’t include corrective rape! 


~ Samantha
Community Editor


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