We are shocked by the barbaric treatment of women and children by ISIS, and in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and yet we still have traces of barbarism in how we treat fellow human beings in our own society. A short time ago in America, if you were a woman or African-American you didn’t have the same personal liberties as a white male living in America. And as I’m writing this WordPress doesn’t even recognize transgenders as a word in the plural form, it gets highlighted in red confusion.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. -MLK

A great quote by Martin Luther King however, I’d add “by the color of their skin or gender, but by the content of their character.

When I served from 1993-2006 as a Navy SEAL, you couldn’t openly serve in the military if you were gay. It was the period of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). Some people may say that DADT worked, but it was an excuse to ignore the obvious. I had several friends in the Navy who were silently gay, it really didn’t bother me.