You might think that if a person is willing to serve their country in the armed forces and even sacrifice their lives for the freedom and security of others, it wouldn’t be a big deal what gender identity such a person chose. But unfortunately there are still some right-wing shitheads who want to try and legislate morality for the brave men and women of the American military.
Take, for example, Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), who told a so-called “Christian” group that transgender soldiers constitute a “domestic threat” American national security.
Speaking with well-known homophobe and hatemonger Tony Perkins of the Family Research Center, Hartzler commented:
“At a time when we should be focusing on the threats from North Korea, and Putin, and ISIS, we’re having to deal with a threat here at home — a domestic threat — of allowing transgenders in our service, which is a real problem because it impacts their readiness, and it’s a huge cost for our military.”
How does Hartzler justify her rampant bigotry? She says that gender reassignment surgeries for transgender troops would cost the military too much money. But estimates from the RAND Corporation project have placed the cost for transition-related healthcare for the military at only $2.4 million to $8.4 million annually if it allowed transgender people to serve openly.
Here’s the real problem with people like Hartzler: They’re usually too chickenshit to serve in combat and take the risks associated with be in the military. Yet when others volunteer to do so, they want to tell them what they can and cannot do in their personal lives, even though that’s no one’s damn business.
A suggestion for Congresswoman Hartzler and the pretend Christians who want to judge others who so bravely protect us all: Either grab a rifle and take to the front lines of a battleground or shut the fuck up.
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