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Lawmaker: Gay Soldiers Would Offend Muslims, Inspire Terrorism

Missouri State Senator Gary Nodler, a candidate for Congress, said that repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" would inspire acts of terrorism against the U.S. by Muslims offended by homosexuality, according to the St. Louis Dispatch:

"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  Nodler later clarified his remarks: "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 cultuaral 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."

Said VoteVets co-founder Jon Soltz: "Sen. Nodler is as clueless as he is offensive. We have women serving in uniform, in theater, every day, despite many people in the region believing women should play no such role. It has posed no problems for our Armed Forces. What is a problem is that we’ve lost hundreds of translators, and thousands overall, under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, so our troops are fighting shorthanded. Sen. Nodler should be a lot more concerned about that."

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  1. its always funny to me, for every illegitimate reason people tell us we can't do something, there is always a GLARING error that nullifies their point.

    Posted by: Gregsy | Feb 11, 2010 2:38:22 PM


  2. Just another bigoted clueless politician espousing their own bias about full equality in the U.S. For chrissakes we'd be out there in regulation fatigues not pink poodle skirts. WTF? For a country that can be progressive on so many issues, we are so very retarded when it comes to upholding the vision of our founding fathers for equal treatment under the law.

    Posted by: Veritable Virgo | Feb 11, 2010 2:41:56 PM


  3. And of course, all of of our female soldiers should now be outfitted in camouflage burkas.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 11, 2010 2:42:29 PM


  4. OH, so THAT'S what inspires acts of terrorism? I'm glad that's been all cleared up.

    Posted by: Jeff in NC | Feb 11, 2010 2:44:45 PM


  5. I'd nominate him for Douchebag of the Week, but there are already so many contenders...

    Posted by: Alexander | Feb 11, 2010 2:45:27 PM


  6. where do these people come from.

    www.urban-society.de

    Posted by: hassia | Feb 11, 2010 2:46:11 PM


  7. Muslim soldiers love Christian soldiers.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Feb 11, 2010 2:46:19 PM


  8. this guy's ginormous gut offends me.

    Posted by: UWSGUY | Feb 11, 2010 2:48:00 PM


  9. Surely someone would point out that openly gay French and British soldiers serve in Islamic countries and that hasn't inspired any terrorists.

    Posted by: Joseph | Feb 11, 2010 2:49:59 PM


  10. But all the muslim women can feel extra safe.

    Posted by: Jason | Feb 11, 2010 2:54:19 PM


  11. And because the gay soldiers are gonna wear a special pink insignia on their fatigues and will be on the street corners making out in whatever Muslim country we happen to be invading at the time.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 11, 2010 2:56:02 PM


  12. Other than the British and the French.
    The Canadian arm forces,who also allow openly gay soldiers,are the American allies in Afghanistan.
    No problems their or here.

    Another uninformed douche bag politician heard from.
    Why can't these people just crawl under a rock?

    Posted by: griffin1573 | Feb 11, 2010 2:59:43 PM


  13. Well, they that Missouri is the Show Me State.

    And this fool just showed us his bigotry and stupidity.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 11, 2010 3:05:32 PM


  14. muslim soldiers just love our jewish soldiers

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Feb 11, 2010 3:06:56 PM


  15. someone really has to point this guy to the military's own analysis on the issue:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/28/afghan-men-struggle-sexual-identity-study-finds/

    Posted by: bored lawyer | Feb 11, 2010 3:12:24 PM


  16. Yet another big, fat, white pasty politician with the sense of a cue ball. It's nice to see he's concerned about offending terrorist.

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 11, 2010 3:26:20 PM


  17. They hate us for our freedoms.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 11, 2010 3:52:20 PM


  18. Soooo, on the question of discrimination he identifies more closely with the religious extremists we're fighting than with the American soldiers serving during this war. Why doesn't he just join the Taliban? He seems to like their perspective on the world.

    Posted by: David | Feb 11, 2010 3:53:20 PM


  19. Muslim soldiers would probably be offended by all the women in our armed forces too.

    Since when do we allow muslim opinion to dictate the decisions made by our armed forces?

    Why does he hate our freedom?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 11, 2010 4:26:57 PM


  20. I guess he never got the Memo from Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, essentially being recycled by the inbred Phelps clan today, that it was his Judaeo-Xtian God who caused the World Trade Center to be destroyed and Washington to be attacked. Yes, it was "the homosexuals fault," among others', but still.....

    Forget Global Warning or swine flu [tho there IS a correlation to the latter]. I worry more about the pandemic of shameless psychotics that seems everyday to be growing.

    From Glenn Beck to the ones at the Nutbaggers Convention warning everyone that a part of Obama's intent is to station an armed UN guard in the home of every American to alleged followers of Jesus claiming that trying to stop harassment of perceived gay kids in school is an attack on Religious Freedom to Ollie "I'm Naked & I Have A Gun" North confusing NAMBLA salivating over the Boy Scouts with gays wanting to serve openly in the military to Bigots Who Aren't Bigots convincing the US Supreme Court that broadcasting their testimony on the Internet could put them in mortal danger it's smelling more and more like a Munich beer hall in 1932.

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Feb 11, 2010 4:34:47 PM


  21. There are literally hundreds of things that US servicemembers do every day that could be deemed offensive by the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan. To single this out as an issue of "cultural sensitivity" is so ridiculous it's laughable.

    Posted by: Noah | Feb 11, 2010 4:35:36 PM


  22. Mind you, the Congressional seat he's running for includes Branson and John Ashcroft's house.

    (Also: it's the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, not the St. Louis Dispatch.)

    Posted by: jeem | Feb 11, 2010 4:47:19 PM


  23. Wow, the bigots are really running out of ideas...

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 11, 2010 5:07:22 PM


  24. I just moved to Missouri. Can't wait to vote against another idiot trying to get on the government dole. I will bet anyone a dollar to a donut that this guy is a Christian. Wonder what those radical Muslims think of Christians...hmmm, let's think real hard here...could they too be an affront to the people whose hearts and minds we are trying to win over?

    So by Missouri congressman Noodles (yes, I misspelled it on purpose) theory, we should knock out all gays service in Afghanistan and Iran. We should knock out all women. We should knock out all Christians. We should knock out all Jews. Then the three dozen soldiers that are left will be there to fight the war! It's brilliant! Another forward thinking politician. Now all I want to know is how he got his foot in his mouth with his head so far up his ass? Do you know how hard that is?

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 11, 2010 5:11:53 PM


  25. As if he ever gave two f*cks about what Muslims thought before. He might want to get a clue and realize that they probably don't want Americans period invading their country.

    Dumb ass.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Feb 11, 2010 5:14:14 PM


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