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Re: US military chiefs warn against lifting gay ban too quickly

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I agree with all of the following statements in part only:


"They're doing it because it goes to the root of the discussion."


"Because taxonomy and scientific means of classifying things are important."


"Queer is largely seen as a positive and progressive word, and anyone not using it in that context is REALLY obvious."


"I mean, we can also fold in the fact that a large percentage of the American military is very Christian"


"At this point we're going back into the genesis of linguistics and anthropological understanding of difference. "


And my responses to some of the above:


Religion is often viewed as the main discriminatory entiity.


There is an online dictionary that might give a better understanding of the word, "homosexual." I'm not sure if the word is that old, like the word  "genocide". another topic on the current events board. (That is, if you want to use the online encyclopedias or dictionaries. Some degrees are now offered online however)


"N-word?" We can use the word "queer" here. If "queer theory" is the process of "taking back" a word and changing it somehow, maybe something better than "queer theory" is in order ,or maybe no theory?


And finally, coming from Twain, not linguistics necessarily: words are language, not people. Language can be an N-word, a queer and a homosexual.