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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 teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.

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