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"Servicemen and -women should not be placed at risk simply to appease the shrinking base of the left," Perkins said in a statement. "By making this change, and putting it as a priority over the actual funding of the troops, Congress is choosing to use the military, not as a tool for national defense, but as an instrument of social engineering."

Another group that likely will watch this last round of repeal debate closely is the nation's current and retired military chaplains. They are worried (see "Speaking out," WORLD, July 17, 2010) that ending the policy would place chaplains in conflict with their faith and threaten the future of conservative chaplains in uniform.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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