Thursday, September 22, 2011
SOCIAL CHANGE AT WHOSE EXPENSE?
Yesterday morning as I was watching ABC News, there was a story about a young army soldier who on the day that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was no longer applicable decided to call his father whom he hadn't seen in over a year to tell him that he was gay. He asked his father over the phone if he still loved him. The father said yes. It was heart warming.
The other part of this story is that the young soldier videoed his call to his father and placed the whole thing on you-tube for the world to see. I don't know that the father was told that he was being recorded and placed on the worldwide web to be either the poster child for gay rights or for gay bashing. Fortunately for the father who did not video his own response to his son's call, he said all the right things in our politically correct society otherwise there would have been hell to pay if he hadn't.
The newscaster gushing over what had just been seen repeated, "he still loves his son!" But does the son really love his father and is that what the problem may really be and the son seeking male affirmation in all the wrong places? Was this a "get even" moment for the son and a plan to humiliate his father which backfired? I shouldn't be so cynical.
Here's the "gottcha" moment that backfired into a love fest:
Here's another story from the conservative Washington Times. Press its name back there and you can read it. It has some interesting insights although it could come across as somewhat shrill.
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