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A recent letter writer commented that he was waiting to hear a reason, other than that of morality, for not letting homosexuals serve openly in the military ("Certain rights guaranteed," March 24). The attempt here is to move the debate away from the obvious truth; this issue is about morality.

With those who either can’t discern the difference between right and wrong or simply reject the concept of moral absolutes because it conflicts with their lifestyle, there can be no discussion. As evidenced by the letter writer, they don’t want to hear it.

Adherence to moral principles defines countries, cultures and civilizations. Immorality destroys the same.

One cannot escape God on the subject of morality. He is the author and sole authority on good and evil. Some disagree, but that doesn’t change the legitimacy of God’s ordinance. Wrong is still wrong.

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." This Bible verse is an appropriate overview of the topic.

The ideals of duty, honor and loyalty are built on a foundation of morality. Anything that erodes the foundation weakens those ideals. Look at the division and damage already happening within the armed forces due to this issue.

I am proud of the honorable leaders in the military hierarchy, officers and enlisted, who are speaking out against this proposed forced, institutional acceptance of homosexuality and gravely disappointed by those "leaders" who place political correctness and garnering political favor above the obligations, duty and honor of the uniform they wear.

Some call this corruption of morality progressive. I call it decay.

Patrick WyettCamp Arifjan, Kuwait

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