Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Kids Are All Right... really?



Of dykes and men...
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I think I've mentioned before that I don't know much about lesbians.  I've only known a handful in my life and I have always sensed a sort of resentment towards men in those women I have been acquainted with.  I'm not the only guy to have said this, to be sure.  I've always been rather indifferent about lesbians.  My attorney is a lesbian, but I don't care to know about her private life.
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Yet private lives have become very public these days.  Gay pride more or less mandated as much.  People with same sex attraction have to 'come out' in order to live full lives, and that pretty much means telling their story - as they understand it.  That is how and why gay life is right in our face these days, in an effort to 'educate' the public, and convince the masses that homosexuality is normal.  It is especially important these days as the battle for same sex marriage escalates. 
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Lesbians lead the way in this precisely because they can become mothers without normal intercourse.  (They also pretty much formed the backbone of the radical femminist movent.)  Women can and do conceive and carry a child to term simply by using a sperm donor.  Kids with two moms - or just one - is becoming more common.  And that is what the movie "The Kids Are All Right" delves into - in a fun, loving way.
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No, I didn't see the film except for the trailers and listening to what friends tell me about it.  That doesn't mean I can't talk about it.  I have to admit I like the actors, so I'm sure I would enjoy the film - except for the sex scene.  I must say I loved the film "In and Out" - no sex scenes!  The film was a celebration of a teacher (Kevin Klein) outed before he himself even knew he was gay; all set to marry another teacher (Joan Cusack) at his school, he in turn falls in love with Magnum (Tom Selleck), the reporter sent to cover the story.  Happens all the time in real life.  Anyway.  The farce ends with his mom, played by Debbie Reynolds, conga-line-dancing into the sunset with the boys and the rest of the town to the Village Peoples' "YMCA" - or was it "Macho Man"?  Or maybe it was Diana Ross' "I Will Survive!"  Gosh!  Whatever it was, I wanted to dance.  Yes, in a queer way it was a heart warming film.  See how nice gay life is.  And so normal too...
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Seriously, these films are a form of propaganda meant to shape public opinion - this is usually confirmed at the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards when the subjects of films like "The Kids Are All Right" are hailed as cultural heroes.  Yes, the films are entertaining, and yes, stories about individual experience are heart warming and move the viewer to compassion, acceptance, and in many cases - approval.  That is their raison d'etre.  Thus when you go to the polls to vote for marriage, one is more likely to approvingly remember Annette Benning and Julianne Moore, their lovely family, and their hunky sperm donor.  Lesbians are people too you know, and kids need protection and the very best money can offer - it's all about family, isn't it.
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That said, real life situations are emerging in the courts and state houses around the country, as in the case of Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old engineering student at the University of Iowa.  He is the son of lesbian mothers, defending their right to marry and have a family before the Iowa House of Representatives, which BTW overturned the State Supreme Court decision permitting same sex marriage.  The defeat probably won't stick however, since the Senate will throw it out and Iowans will most likely not have a chance to vote on it.  Nevertheless Zach Wallis is convincing - and obviously fortunate to be raised so well.  Naturally there are success stories.  No doubt there are sad stories as well.
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Nevertheless, all of the stories are pretty much based on American secularist values, and they over look, ignore, and deny the real meaning of life - that we are made to serve God and share eternal life with Him.  Happiness in this life is no guarantee for eternal life.  Successful wanna-be parents like Elton John can provide all the material comforts, wealth, luxury, and opportunities for the best education and greatest success in life - while remaining impotent to provide the one thing necessary and train the child for heaven.
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As St. John of the Cross writes:  "It is also vain to desire children, as some do in upsetting the whole world with their longing for them.  For they do not know whether their children will be good and serve God, or whether the expected happiness will instead be sorrow, or the rest and comfort, trial and grief, or the honor, dishonor.  And because of the children they might, as many do, offend God more.  Christ says of these people, that they circle the earth and the sea in order to enrich their children, and they make them children of perdition twofold more than they themselves are. [Mt. 23:15] - Ascent, Bk. III, Ch. 17:4
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(Of course heterosexual couples are just as bad when it comes to IVF pregnancies and other artificial means.)
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Anyway - Why all this defense of marriage stuff on my blog lately?  Because on February 10, between Noon and 1 PM, the Catholic Defense League will gather at the Minnesota State Capital to counter-demonstrate in opposition to The Freedom To Marry Day rally scheduled by Out Front Minnesota for that day.  The CDL needs people to be there in defense of traditional marriage and to witness to Catholic teaching. The Catholic Defense League will not be there to engage in debate but rather to hand out information stating the Catholic Church's real position on the state of marriage. (Link:  http://cdlmn.org/Main_Page/index.php )

9 comments:

  1. +JMJ+

    Very nicely written, Terry.

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  2. The testimony of Wallis doesn't prove anything except this: "the exception proves the rule". The fact that he is 'okay' makes him the exception to the rule that most kids don't end up okay when raised by two lesbians or two gays. The exception will never become the rule, no matter how badly some want the opposite to be true.

    But - we live in a society that is more and more capitulating to the exceptions out of a false sense of compassion, and by the time this is all over, a lot of kids are going to be hurt.

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  3. you are invited to follow my blog

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  4. Utah this legislative session is again considering a state-wide bill that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment against LGBT individuals..several larger cities have it in place but not state wide...the right to work and a right to have a place to live are basic human rights that should have nothing to do with sexual orientation.

    But they turn and look the other way when it comes to polygamy..and their stand on illegal immigration is pathetic at best..

    We're still way behind in alot of things..

    Sara

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  5. Absolutely right Larry.

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  6. I watched the Kevin Klein film on TV up until the bit where a priest in the confessional encourages the main character to fornicate. And I thought "Nope!" and switched off.

    Which is, actually, the main problem (i.e. not whether you fancy members of the wrong sex).

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  7. Cath-Boy - It has been so long - I didn't recall that scene - now that you mention it, I realized that was another shot at bringing down the morals.

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  8. Aceman11:03 AM

    Gosh--between all the homos (and we know where they’re ending up anyway) unable to provide their children with a religious or righteous upbringing, and all the heteros unable to do it either since they contracept and use IVF, and live together out of marriage, and divorce and then remarry, there's not going to be anyone in heaven! Wait! well those in "Courage" will be there! Phew!

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  9. Little Way--I am very, very choosy about blogs I read. I literally only read about 3-4 everyday. Now 5, with yours. It is simply wonderful. I saw the deformation of the Church video. Oh, my goodness!

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