The Overdue End of Don't Ask Don't Tell


Commenting on this enormously popular, moving video of an Alabama soldier coming out to his father on the day that the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” finally went into effect, Andrew Sullivan analyzed, reminisced, and celebrated:

This is gay America, ladies and gentlemen: the ordinariness, the humanity, the pain, the promise. And the outreach to his father before his mother makes it all the more powerful. I remember my own dad’s amazingly open love for me even as he absorbed the news of my sexual orientation (and later, when he heard of my HIV diagnosis, when his face fell like a detonated building). I remember my first boyfriend who was in the airforce and whose father was a general in the airforce. He told me one night that he would love to tell his own dad who he was – but that he was afraid his own father would be forced to expel him from the service. I saw then in one instant the pain a patriot and a family man feels when having to choose between his inner nature and the things he loves. No more.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.