Comparison of The Crucible And Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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In the most publicized gay bashing, the dead body of Adam R. Schindler Jr., an American naval radioman, was found battered and disfigured in a public toilet in a park in Japan where he had been serving [Sterngold]. After revealing his homosexuality to his peers in the army, he had been left unrecognizably mutilated and beaten to death. In response, in 1993, the Clinton administration initiated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” [DADT] which meant that military officers could not investigate a soldier’s sexual preference without reason and a soldier should not voluntarily disclose it [McGowan 4]. Historically, the US military had never directly banned gays, only their actions of sodomy, but a change occurred during the World Wars after the Christian …show more content…
Pre-DADT, everything was blamed on them, from ship explosions to natural disasters [Frank 31] thereby adding to the belief that gay men were hindrances to the military and inferior beings. Similarly, in Salem, the people first being accused of witchcraft were lower class, unchristian-like women such as Tituba, the slave, and Goody Osbourn, a midwife who had helped in the naissance of three newborn babies who all “shriveled in her hands” [Miller 47]. The stereotypical witch is based on them. They were not highly esteemed in town, and as women were given even less importance. The villagers were adamant about pursuing “witches” because they felt the same sentiment towards the suspects as they did towards the two women; they were destroying their ideal of a New Jerusalem. In result, the misconception of the cross-dressing, AIDS invested gay and the poor, unchristian female witch promotes the negative policies. The homophobic DADT and the persecution of witchcraft in The Crucible are established by religious influences in the government. Christian officials in present-day America view their opposition to homosexuality in the armed forces as “part of a larger effort to preserve and expand the Christian character of the military and the nation” [Frank 35], believing that it is a “transgression against God and society” [Frank 3]. Though the ban is justified by the excuse that gays weaken the military, the true reasoning behind the policy is

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