Yesterday was a big day for the intersection between politics and gayness! In this report, Rachel covers it all, from crazy John Sheehan just cold lying and saying that the Srebrenica genocide was caused by gays in the Dutch military (by the way, the Dutch are PISSED — see below the video), to Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo handcuffing themselves to the White House fence to protest DADT, to the GetEQUAL sit-in at Pelosi’s office over their seeming inability to get anything done on ENDA. It’s all here in this clip, in case you were sleeping yesterday.
(h/t Joe Sudbay)
“The remarks were outrageous, wrong and beneath contempt,” [Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter] Balkenende told a news conference. The Dutch Defense Ministry called Sheehan’s claims “absolute nonsense” and added that gay Dutch soldiers routinely cooperate with the U.S. military in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen called the claim “the bizarre private opinion of someone without an official function”. Renee Jones-Bos, the Dutch ambassador to the United States, said in a statement, “I couldn’t disagree more” with Sheehan, adding there was no evidence of his claims in the extensive record of research on Srebrenica. Military unions were equally angry. Dutch news agency ANP quoted the head of the military union AFMP as saying Sheehan’s comments were “out of the realm of fiction”, while the head of the gay soldiers’ group SHK called his comments “the ridiculous convulsion of a loner”.
OOOH. “The bizarre private opinion of someone without an official function.” “The ridiculous convulsion of a loner.” I thought I could snark, but I have to go take lessons from the Dutch!