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12/17/2010

Video: Jetson cars, world peace, benignly inclusive service -- we all have our 'not in this lifetime' lists

by Jeremy Hooper

There are a number of bad things (constant threats of terrorism) and cool things (Netflix on the iPad) that we weren't sure we'd ever live to see. But for the American Family Association's Ed Vitagliano, it's brave tax-payers serving and possibly dying for their country sans the fear that their biological realities will become an employment liability that makes the "not in this lifetime" list:

The truly weird thing: That Mr. Vitagliano has really given enough thought to the issue to put it on a personal "never thought I'd live to see the day" list. We're talking about soldiers who are already serving our country, who will simply be freed from one unfairly applied burden. A policy that, once lifted, will only free a constraint that has surely kept countless potential recruits from even considering service. A truly benign sense of inclusion that has been implemented around the world without incident. And yet a grown straight guy has invested enough emotional capital in the idea to put it on his personal -please-don't-do-before-death docket?!

The anti-gay attacks are offensive. But it's the oddly-tuned priorities that perhaps shock us the most.

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