Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Friday, December 09, 2005

The Solomon Amendment: FAIR v. Rumsfeld

The Supreme Court has just heard oral arguments in the case of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc. v. Rumsfield. This is the case where the Constitutionality of the so-called Solomon Amendment, which denies funding to schools that prohibit the military from recruiting on campus, is at issue.

The Solomon Amendment was promulgated in response to denial of access, on the part of many colleges and universities, to military recruiters, based upon the military's recruit requisites that reflect its restrictions on homosexual behavior.

As of this posting, the transcript of the oral argument has yet to be placed on the Supreme Court's website. [ In case you are interested, the American Bar Association has posted the Petitioner's Brief, the Respondent's Brief and the Petitioner's Reply Brief.]

I shall not now get into the reasons for my support of the Solomon Amendment, nor for my opposition to homosexual behavior in general (though I really don't think that the government should concern itself with what two consenting adults do in the privacy of the bedroom).

What I will point out, however, is that once upon a time a tactic used by draft resisters was to feign homosexuality in order to avoid military service. Men used to put on dresses and stockings to get out of their military service!

One would think that the so-called anti-war faction would be striving to PRESERVE a means to avoid military service (which, to be sure, is largely irrelevant as long as there is no military draft).

Moreover, my graduating class has exactly 100 people in it, and if the military comes to campus and recruits 5 of my classmates, then I am only competing with 94 for a job instead of competing with 99. Wouldn't it make sense to let the military recruiters come onto campus, so that anyone they recruit would be that much less competition for all the homosexuals who seek jobs?

They don't call the moonbats "idiotarian" for nothing!


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