June 17, 2015

Question of the day: Should Chief of the Defence Staff General Lawson apologize?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Canada's top general is under fire for comments he made regarding sexual misconduct in the military. Chief of the Defence staff Tom Lawson said the issue in the Canadian Forces is because some soldiers are "biologically wired in a certain way". Lawson has since apologized for what he calls an "awkward characterization."

So, I hit the streets to get your reaction to the General's controversial comment.


JOIN TheRebel.media for more fearless news and commentary you won’t find anywhere else.

VISIT our NEW group blog The Megaphone!
It’s your one-stop shop for rebellious commentary from independent and fearless readers and writers.


You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2015-06-18 14:10:10 -0400
One word, NO.
commented 2015-06-18 10:25:09 -0400
In no way was he condoning sexual harassment. He was stating the ugly truth about some human natural facts. By facing these truths is when you can begin to deal with the problems. But our society would rather kill the messenger then deal with the truth, like…that would solve the problem? NOT
commented 2015-06-18 00:21:49 -0400
Judging from those on the street comments, the “dumbing down” of society is well under way!
commented 2015-06-18 00:14:47 -0400
Well, I heard that part of the interview, didn’t think that he said anything that he needed to apologize for!
We all know that people are " biologically wired" in certain ways!
For instance, I think most people would agree that gay people are born gay people, therefore “biologically wired” to be gay!
Bruce Jenner was born into a man’s body but he must have been a “biologically wired” female, why else would he want to become one?
It’s the old “nature versus nurture” debate! Do we have "free will or is our fate “determined”!
Science may prove things , one way or the other some day, for the moment , we don’t know!
The General was merely stating his opinion, he obviously stands on the side of “nature”
If criminal activity has indeed taken place, then charges should be laid , whether we are “biologically wired” or not!
That’s the way I see it!
commented 2015-06-17 23:20:47 -0400
It seems he was saying some people are wired to rape and to other forms of sexual misconduct…he was excusing MISCONDUCT…are men wired for sexual misconduct Fraser?…rape is sexual assault…does the rape of men by women (mentioned elsewhere on the Rebel) therefore excusable because of different ‘wiring’?
commented 2015-06-17 23:17:12 -0400
what question was he asked?…that makes the difference…if he was asked “why rape in the armed forces”…then that, Fraser, is no excuse for being wired differently …He didn’t appear to say MEN ARE WIRED DIFFERENTLY THAN FEMALES…I am no sure that was the point…
commented 2015-06-17 21:39:01 -0400
Say what you want, men are wired differently than females THAT’S A FACT LIVE WITH IT.
Females are wired differently than males THAT’S A FACT LIVE WITH IT.
Ve Va la difference, If you have a doubt, do you stand up to pee if so, your a man if you sit for a pee your a woman. If you shave your face in the morning your a man, if you shave your legs a night your woman and if you use your man’s last razor blade your his wife and you’ll hear about it in the morning. Don’t apologize for being a man.
Oh! and by the way, if you want to take sexuality out of the armed forces get the women out of the military, the military is no place for girls or girly men.
commented 2015-06-17 20:06:00 -0400
@glenn – You must live in Ontario … where heterosexuals are practically considered the deviants under the new sex ed.
commented 2015-06-17 19:59:27 -0400
The Rebel already reported on this and his apology.
If You need some new questions how about :
What do you think about the new Alberta NDP government hiring an Anti-Oil Lobbyist who lives in Toronto to run the Alberta Ministry of Energy?
commented 2015-06-17 18:39:57 -0400
What’s with people always being forced to apologize for doing nothing wrong? If you don’t mean it don’t say it, but if you mean it and say it, then stop apologizing.
commented 2015-06-17 18:13:08 -0400
He shouldn’t have apologized, he should have clarified.
commented 2015-06-17 17:10:51 -0400
General Tom Lawson is a human being and not perfect. I would be willing to bet he literally went “Damn, why did I say that?” as soon as the words were out of his mouth.
commented 2015-06-17 17:06:41 -0400
Glenn said: “Heterosexuality is just so out of control that being chaperoned by lesbians is the only answer………:-)” Hilarious! Betcha a youtube video of that scene would go viral in seconds!
commented 2015-06-17 16:58:06 -0400
He already has apologized (but I don’t believe he should have).

A comedian (I don’t remember who, sorry . . .) recently commented that our society has become infected with an apology epidemic, which reminded me how I’ve told my kids, and some good people who in the past have worked for me, never ask a question unless you are mature enough to deal with the answer (especially if there is truth in the response, no matter how ugly the truth is).

I have not heard any of his critics offering a better response to Mansbridge’s question. Are his critics instead suggesting that a more suitable response would be that female members of our military wear their skirts too short, and are therefore “asking for it”? How many of his critics are military doctors? Military psychologists? Military psychiatrists? How many of his critics are intimately familiar with the kind of people who jump out of planes, blow stuff up and kill people, and do so because we ask them to?

Of course none of this is intended to be justification for sexual assault. There is no justification for that. But the first step in solving a problem is to identify the problem. Surprisingly that’s often easier said than done correctly. Too many problems these days go unresolved because people get their knickers in a twist over a politically correct inability to deal with an honest, sincere, truthful, helpful or factual response to a question.
commented 2015-06-17 16:55:07 -0400
You know….I really miss the days when sex was a sin instead of a social injustice…..back then there was no difficulty finding another sinner.
commented 2015-06-17 16:50:34 -0400
If hormones could not prevail over reason the human race would have disappeared a long time ago….no reasonable person would deliberately do something that would indenture them for decades.

Heterosexuality is just so out of control that being chaperoned by lesbians is the only answer………:-)
commented 2015-06-17 15:38:05 -0400
Guess that’s a “yes” then?
commented 2015-06-17 15:36:48 -0400
“biological wiring” is a metaphor to the truth. but the truth, if it hurts someone’s feelings, it isn’t allowed thanks in part to that communist pig in the white house and its followers – having made feelings the excuse to end freedom of speech.

rot in hell barry you useless pig.