CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? THE REPEAL OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

December 22, 2010 Dear EB,

I’m on my way to Houston, and saw on a Salt Lake City airport tv the footage of Obama signing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, It was odd to be in a generic store among strangers and see this momentous occasion on CNN, something we’ve worked so hard for! But maybe that’s the way to see it, through the eyes of passer-bys. On the other hand, all of us should stop and note this moment, so that we don’t repeat this ridiculous history yet again!

Merry Christmas to you and Grace! YS

From Gil to Truth in Progress community:

December 26, 2010 The East is Imitating Montana and the West; Weather-Wise

I am writing this from Atlantic City where I am serving as interim pastor of a church. We are locked into our house here because of the snow. We had intended to return to our home in Asbury Park after church but the weather would not allow that. Thus, we are here until the weather allows us to travel north.

I have not been in touch with my colleague/younger sister Marilyn for a few weeks. Much has happened since I last contributed to our web site. The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell of course, is front-and-center. I liken the passage of the legislation to the time when Jackie Robinson was chosen to become the first African American to play Major League Baseball, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared "separate but equal" public schools invalid, and when President Truman signed an order to racially integrate the military. Each of these breakthroughs that were racial, I link to the repeal of DADT. All of them represented a shift in culture and make us wonder, "What took us so long?"

The weather reminds me of the Robert Frost poem that speaks of "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening." Frost says to the horse that is pulling him; "We have miles to go before we sleep." Despite our progress on matters racial and lgbtq-related, we also have miles to go before full equality is achieved.

May Truth in Progress continue to contribute to the reflection, discussion, sometimes debate that is necessary for full affirmation and acceptance of all whom God created.

Gil Caldwell