Yesterday we reported on an email from a Stanford law professor complaining about military recruiters appearing on campus. The next morning, another professor asked all law school students to sign a petition urging the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy be repealed. The plan is to present the recruiters with the petition when they visit Stanford's campus.
However, presenting military recruiters with the petition will not change anything. Congress has the sole discretion to establish the qualifications for and conditions of service in our nation’s military. If those on Stanford's campus have an issue with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, lobby Congress. Those who wish to serve in the military should not be punished for policies over which they have no control.
Let's be clear though, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" objection raised by the Left is just their latest anti-military argument. The Left opposed military recruiters and ROTC before such a policy existed. Remember, ROTC has been banned at Stanforf since 1969.
It would also be interesting to ask whether Stanford applies the same standards to all entities and programs that are available on campus. For example, does Stanford allow race-based scholarships? Those exclude any number of students.
---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Larry D Kramer Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 7:48 AMSubject: JAG recruiting
Dear All: Yesterday, OCS [on campus career services] announced that the Air Force JAG had registered for Spring OCI [on-campus interviewing]. As you know, the military--under the congressionally mandated “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy--openly discriminates against lesbians, gays and bisexuals. We'd like to take the opportunity of JAG being here to protest that policy and urge it's repeal. We ask you to consider signing online OUTLAW's protest letter, which they will present to the JAG recruiters when they come on campus to interview.
http://www.law.stanford.edu/a/slspetition/ As the petition states, we are proud of those who have served, or are serving, in the armed forces. It is, indeed, for this reason that we oppose Don't Ask, Don't Tell and strongly believe that (as is true everywhere else in the world) all Americans should have the privilege to serve openly in the military, regardless of their sexual orientation.
If you signed on to the petition this fall, there is no need to do so again (we’ve attached the current list of signatories, below). Best, Larry Kramer Maureen Keffer, OUTLAW Co-President Kevin Lo, OUTLAW Co-President Stephanie Rudolph, OUTLAW Co-President