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Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

“Once again,” stated
the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins “an activist federal judge
is using the military to advance a
liberal social agenda, disregarding the views of all four military
service chiefs and the constitutional role of Congress.” But not the
views of the Commander in Chief, the Secretary of Defense, and the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

Be it noted as well that the House of Representatives voted to repeal
Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell in May. And that the Senate would have done the
same had not Senate Republicans, in deference to the likes of Perkins, filibustered the bill. And that allowing gays to serve openly in the military is part of a liberal social agenda that Americans now support by a two-to-one margin.

Under the circumstances, the Justice Department would seem to have more than ample grounds for departing from its usual practice and letting the judge’s injunction stand unappealed.

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