Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pentagon Brings Up the Rear

The AP reports that a Pentagon document classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder on par with mental retardation and personality disorders. The American Psychiatric Association, which criticized the so-called Defense Department Instruction along with other medical professionals and members of Congress, declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973.

Doublethink, or the ability to hold two contradictory ideas to be simultaneously true (think "humane torture"), is a mental disorder that positively cries out for a dose of Thorazine, but it didn't even make the list. In the current administration, it's grounds for promotion.

On a Related Note: Contrary to what the Pet Shop Boys may tell you, the new leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church (who's a chick, man—boo!) has declared that homosexuality is not a sin (nor, presumably, is it a mental disorder). According to Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, homosexuals, in the immortal words of the Spinal Tap hotel receptionist who was also that guy from The Jeffersons, are just as God made them.

The denomination's first female leader puts less emphasis on the abominations enumerated in the Bible and more on such pansy nonsense as love and including the unincluded. Lucky for her, they don't burn witches at the stake anymore. Would be right-wing attackers may be disappointed to learn that her daughter is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. And mom's not a lesbian.
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