Dear Marriage Supporter,
What is our relationship with our own bodies? Father's Day is an occasion for meditating on the important reality of our bodies, what they tell us about who we are and how we should live our life.
I write this not because, as the father of 8, I need some outside force to speak to me but because we live in a time and a place where the obvious is often obscured.
Consideration for Father's Day
Witness the New York Times blog piece by Florida International University professor Laurie Shrage, seeking to recruit men to the ideology of "choice."
"If a man accidentally conceives a child with a woman, his choices are surprisingly few," this women's and gender studies woman professor intones. Shrage goes on to say:
"In consenting to sex, neither a man nor a woman gives consent to become a parent, just as in consenting to any activity, one does not consent to yield to all the accidental outcomes that might flow from that activity."
In other words, in choosing to engage in the act which creates new life — neither men nor women should be held accountable to that new life.
I understand the impulse. I understand it and I reject it, as a man.
We cannot pretend that what is not true, is true.
This is true: The sexual act creates new life.
Not always, not every time, but often enough that we who choose to be responsible human beings need to acknowledge that reality, to love our children more than our lusts.
And to know that doing so is the heart of being a good man or woman, and a happy man or woman.
The IRS Scandals Continue to Reverberate
Here I am on Sean Hannity:
"If they can do this to us, they can do it to anyone!" I say, and it's true.
It's also true that a culture of harassment, intimidation and threats has emerged among gay marriage advocates that is poisoning our democracy.
Harassment, Intimidation and Threats in New York
The latest example is NYC mayoral candidate Erick Salgado, who received death threats after NOM endorsed his candidacy.
"[The emails] said that I'm a rat and I deserve to die," Mr. Salgado told Politicker after the forum. "It was because that day I got the official endorsement, the NOM, they mentioned that [in the email]."
"It makes me nervous, because of my children, I get nervous," he said.
As Politicker notes, Mr. Salgado is the only Democrat in the race opposed to same-sex marriage. He is attempting to build a coalition of conservative Latinos and Orthodox Jews and has the backing of a prominent Russian-American media mogul in south Brooklyn.
Consequences in Great Britain
Meanwhile, in Great Britain the consequences of gay marriage become ever clearer. Parents of a 3 year old boy came forward to say state-sponsored child care workers told their son he could marry a boy or a girl.
The letter said: "Many of your commentators have speculated as to what the wider implications of allowing same-sex marriages will be on society."
"I was given a stark illustration of this at the weekend."
"In response to my three-year-old son's question as to what marriage was, I told him that it was when a man and woman loved each other very much and wanted to spend their lives together."
"My son then told me that 'boys' could get married, too. As he doesn't read the newspapers, I was keen to understand how he had formed this view."
"Apparently, his carer at nursery, a homosexual, told the entire class that he had great news: when they grew up, they could get married to a girl, or a boy."
"Surely, my son is too young to have this discussion? If I were to complain, however, I would be labeled a bigot."
Peggy Noonan on the IRS
Let me close by thanking Peggy Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter, for her columns calling attention to the IRS scandal and what it means.
"The most compelling evidence that the IRS targeted conservatives is what happened to the National Organization for Marriage. Its chairman, John Eastman, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and the tale he told was different from the now-familiar stories of harassment and abuse," she wrote.
Someone in the IRS gave legally protected information to our — and your! — political enemies!
The IRS is stonewalling. But we will not give in or give up.
We will fight for your right to participate in the democratic process on an equal basis.
And we will fight the tyranny that says government can punish you if you believe in traditional marriage.
Bless you and thank you for your support. It is precious to me.
If God has given you the means, please consider prayerfully giving again.