A good article that, without putting down homosexuality or gay unions, or mentioning of God or morals, gives a compelling argument for why marriage should retain its “traditional” definition.
My Godfather was a bachelor who lived in a small cottage in East Melbourne. We called him Uncle Ernest but he was actually my grandfather’s brother and technically my mother’s uncle. He came once a week to dinner at our house and was an important influence on my development. Although my parents were by no means uncultured, he brought something extra into my life in terms of a respect for the arts and the value of refinement and taste. He was for me a model of elegance and urbanity and, most important of all, gave me a sense of style. I still remember when he took me to my first Shakespeare play in the city, performed by the visiting Old Vic Company. I believe he had a similar positive influence on some of my cousins. Continue reading
Bay Area schools promote gay families in Elementary School curriculum. The ACLU orders schools to portray gays in a positive light and teach gay history:
(www.baycitizen.org)- “After a lesbian student at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo joined with the American Civil Liberties Union in 2008 to accuse the local school district of discrimination, district officials agreed as part of a settlement to show films and assign homework depicting same-sex families, beginning in elementary school….
A bill introduced in December by State Senator Mark Leno, Democrat of San Francisco, would require all of the state’s history textbooks to include figures and events in gay history and portray them “in a positive light.”
As a parent, there is a simple thing you can do to counter this. Find out when and where these indoctrinations will take place and pull your kid out of school for the day. Spend the time teaching them correct morals. Encourage other parents to do the same. If they do not warn you ahead of time, instruct your child to walk out of the classroom and call you to pick them up. If anyone gives you a hard time, tell them that your child’s religious values are being imposed upon and say you would rather leave it at this and not go to the media and the courts.
For every day that a child misses school, that school loses some of it’s funding. If enough people walk out on this ridiculous abuse of public education’s influence over our children, they will have to stop it. But its about much more than liberal abuses, it is about keeping your child safe from bad influences.
If your child is scared of what other students say, you can always let them tell their friend that they’re just doing it to get out of school. Maybe more students will join in and make your boycott more effective!
A spokesman from the LDS Church responded to accusations from gay activists that remarks given by a top leader in the church were “irresponsible” and “will contribute to future suicides in the LGBT community.”
[…]As a church, our doctrinal position is clear: any sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong, and we define marriage as between a man and a woman. However, that should never, ever be used as justification for unkindness. Jesus Christ, whom we follow, was clear in His condemnation of sexual immorality, but never cruel. His interest was always to lift the individual, never to tear down.
Further, while the Church is strongly on the record as opposing same-sex marriage, it has openly supported other rights for gays and lesbians such as protections in housing or employment.
The Church’s doctrine is based on love. We believe that our purpose in life is to learn, grow and develop, and that God’s unreserved love enables each of us to reach our potential. None of us is limited by our feelings or inclinations. Ultimately, we are free to act for ourselves.
The Church recognizes that those of its members who are attracted to others of the same sex experience deep emotional, social and physical feelings. The Church distinguishes between feelings or inclinations on the one hand and behavior on the other. It’s not a sin to have feelings, only in yielding to temptation.[…]
Read the entire statement here, or watch it here.
Last month the CDC released their analysis of HIV in America. Among other disturbing facts, they reported:
- 1/5 of men who have sex with men (MSM) have HIV, and 44% of these don’t even know they’re infected
- Almost half of people living with HIV in America are MSM
- MSM are the only risk group in the US in which new HIV infections are increasing
- MSM account for just 4% of US males 13 and older, yet new HIV diagnosis among MSM is more than 44 times that of other men
Earlier this year when gay rights activists pressured the FDA to lift its ban on MSM blood donation, I’m glad facts like these were considered in that denial. Recall that there is a period of several weeks to months where an HIV infection might not show up on a blood test. It’s one thing to engage in homosexual behavior; it’s another when this group can potentially put the rest of us at risk.
The Prop 8 legal defense team has filed their opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, and it is a tour de force.
Authored by chief Prop 8 litigator Chuck Cooper, the 100+ page brief shreds the decision of federal district court Judge Vaughn Walker, and lays bare all the legal, logical, and factual errors that Walker made in his ruling. Read it here.
Citing case after case from court after court, Cooper thoroughly and meticulously dismantles Walker’s outrageous opinion finding that voters have no right to protect marriage as one man and one woman. As noted legal commentator Ed Whelan has pointed out, the alleged “Dream Team” of Olson and Boies have lost in every court they have argued this case–with the sole exception of the rogue Judge Vaughn Walker. Judge Walker ignored mountains of evidence–from binding Supreme Court precedent, to at least 9 other state and federal court precedents, along with the conclusions of academic research and eminent scholars, and even common sense–to reach his radical conclusion.
“This is not a hard question,” Cooper writes. “Indeed, because of the distinguishing procreative characteristics of heterosexual relationships, until quite recently ‘it was accepted truth for almost everyone who ever lived, in any society in which marriage existed, that there could be marriage only between participants of different sex.’ And marriage has existed in virtually all societies, from the ancients to the American states, because it serves a vital and universal societal purpose – a purpose, indeed, that makes marriage, as the Supreme Court has repeatedly emphasized, ‘fundamental to the very existence and survival of the [human] race.’” Continue reading
Three judges on the Iowa Supreme Court may lose their job for legalizing gay marriage in a ruling last April, despite overwhelming voter disapproval. This November, Iowans will have the choice on whether to retain or dismiss Judges David L. Baker, Michael J. Streit, Marsha Ternus. It is expected that voters will not look kindly on those activist judges for going over the people’s heads.
Too bad Californians don’t get to vote on Judge Vaughn Walker.
The ridiculous personal bias shown in Judge Walker’s decision to invalidate the vote of millions of Californians because of his own sexual orientation is becoming clearer as we watch how appellate courts are treating his monkey-court decision. First, the liberal watchdog group the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) complained about his order for conservative pro-marriage groups to release their personal memos and donor roles to him, which Judge Walker presumably wanted to embarrass the groups and intimidate their donors and contacts. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Judge Walker’s order, along with his desire to have the entire trial televised. (His threat to televise the proceedings was scaring off the defense’s expert witnesses who didn’t feel like having their houses burned down by angry mobs of San Franciscans. )
Then, despite Judge Walker giving the 9th Circuit Court only 6 days to intervene before he allowed gay marriages to be legally performed, the most liberal court in the country, the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco stepped in to curtail Judge Walker. They have indefinitely blocked his order to legalize gay marriages and will review his decision this December. Continue reading