A fascinating new CBS/New York Times poll reveals that attitudes about gays and lesbians serving in the military turn on how the question is asked. It turns out that 42% of Americans oppose allowing "homosexuals" to serve openly in the military, but only 28% oppose allowing "gay men and lesbians" to serve openly. Conversely, 58% of Americans favor allowing "gay men and lesbians" to serve openly in the military, but only 42% favor allowing "homosexuals" to serve openly. Apparently, some 15% of Americans don't know that "gay men and lesbians" are "homosexuals."When I read something like this, I just want to scream.
And no, it isn't because the topic of the day is homosexuality, it's that it's stupidity. And again, it shows how important language is. How it not only describes, but also defines reality. Gays and lesbians are okay, but homosexuality is something nasty. Huh? Hello? Kids, please consult your dictionary first, before answering any question. 15 percent of Americans apparently have no idea that gays and lesbians = homosexuality. Let me do the math for you.
That's 40 million Americans who think there is a difference!
Like I said, something like this makes me want to scream.