A Top 10 West Point Cadet Resigns Over DADT

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    Aug 10, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    A Top 10 West Point Cadet Resigns Over DADT

    http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/17000/top-ten-west-point-cadet-resigns-over-dadt-unwilling-to-compromise-her-integrity





    Her Blog:

    http://velvetparkmedia.com/user/1350/blogs
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    Aug 10, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    Well in the Christian Republic of America, is it not right that one narrow understanding of biblical morality be imposed on all? It sounds right to me. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 10, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidWell in the Christian Republic of America, is it not right that one narrow understanding of biblical morality be imposed on all? It sounds right to me. icon_rolleyes.gif

    And right to them. I noted in another thread about Muslim Sharia law, that the Christian Right claims is going to be imposed on our US Constitution, that they think nothing of doing the same thing with their own brand of radical Christianity.

    But they see no hypocrisy there, because, after all, their Jesus is right, and everyone else is wrong. This is the evil the Founders wished to avoid when they conceived of the concept of separation of church & state, and this is the evil the Fundamentalists want to bring down upon us, after 225 years as a country.
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    Aug 10, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    Can you copy/paste the report? That site locks up my computer.
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    Aug 10, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidCan you copy/paste the report? That site locks up my computer.

    Ranked # 9 in her class overall, she routinely "super-maxes" her physical fitness tests.  One of her blogs was featured in the Sunday print edition of the Washington Post as part of "The Gray Zone: West Point on Leadership."
    In her resignation letter, she cites the kinds of experiences she is unwilling to continue to endure:

    I have created a heterosexual dating history to recite to fellow cadets when they inquire. I have endured unwanted approaches by male cadets for fear of being accused as a lesbian by rejecting or reporting these events. I have been coerced into ignoring derogatory comments towards homosexuals for fear of being alienated for my viewpoint.  In short, I have lied to my classmates and compromised my integrity and my identity by adhering to existing military policy.
    While at the academy, I have made a deliberate effort to develop myself academically, physically, and militarily, but in terms of holistic personal growth I have reached a plateau. I am unwilling to suppress an entire portion of my identity any longer because it has taken a significant personal, mental, and social toll on me and detrimentally affected my professional development. I have experienced a relentless cognitive dissonance by attempting to adhere to §654 [colloquially known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"] and retain my integrity, and I am retrospectively convinced that I am unable to live up to the Army Values as long as the policy remains in place.

    Miller will be transferring to Yale University this fall on a Point Foundation Scholarship. She has indicated her desire to become an Army Officer should the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy be removed, and gay and lesbian people allowed to serve freely. "This is a loss to the Academy and to the Army," said Becky Kanis, West Point '91. Kanis is Chair of Knights Out, and a former Captain and company commander. "We keep losing talented people needlessly while we wait for the Pentagon's 'review.' " Miller has been blogging anonymously about lesbian culture at West Point at velvetparkmedia.com as "Private Second Class Citizen."
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    Aug 10, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    She is sharp! It is a shame that someone so intelligent and well spoken and with such a strong desire to serve her country is so easily written off by the powers that be. She is going to go far whether in the military or civilian life. I'm glad she's on my side!
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    Aug 10, 2010 10:13 PM GMT
    Now this is someone truly worthy of celebration and respect. But instead RJ'ers would rather honor an unprofessional flight attendant.

    This young lady is standing up for what she believes while being graceful and professional at the same time. I'm very proud of her.