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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Garden State Equality condemns Peter Pace
as unfit to lead the U.S. military

Response from Steven Goldstein, chair, Garden State Equality,

As you may have read in today's news, General Peter Pace, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, has endorsed the U.S. military's policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Pace, who grew up in New Jersey, says: "homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral... and I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is okay to be immoral in any way."

First the general is hardly in a position to judge others. As a leader of the war in Iraq, General Pace has shown as much savvy in leading the military as Alfred E. Neuman would have in explaining the theory of relativity. Of course General Pace believes in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He's been key to the Administration's edict, "Don't ask about the war, and don't tell the American people how badly it's going."

Secondly, how ironic for man whose last name is Pace that the general hasn't kept up with the pace of progress. His views qualify him to run a war in the Gunsmoke era of 1955 rather than in a military theatre in 2007.

Thirdly, it's too bad that growing up in New Jersey didn't rub off on General Pace. Where New Jersey is the state that doesn't hate, General Pace somehow got stuck in a personal state of hate. "

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