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And What About the Children?

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

By Larry Peterson

The headline of the Tampa Tribune this morning (Saturday, June 27) was emblazoned with huge, bold letters that read,  “Pride & Joy”.  The Tampa Bay Times shouted, “A Right For All”.   The Supremes have spoken and their decision is in the books. According to the headlines, the world is rejoicing. I just wish someone could tell me about the children. What about the children?

We all have an inherent need to know our background and where we came from. How often do we hear and/or participate in conversations about our grandparents and great-great grandparents and so forth. We will delight in talking about accomplishments of our dads and our moms. We revel in tales  about uncles and aunts and grandparents and their grandparents and where they came from and their achievements.

War heroes, professional baseball players, movie actors, surgeons, jet fighter pilots, musicians, and a myriad list of very different people proudly (and sometimes not) fill the family lore of millions of families. Even adopted children have a need to know their roots. As they get older this need blossoms and they invariably begin a quest to find their birth-parents. It is all about “WHO I AM”. And–they have an absolute right to know. They need to be “complete”. Knowing their own family blood-line can fulfill that completion. That is just the way it is. It is an instinct, it is natural, it is GOOD. None of us came from a “cabbage-patch”.

So, I ask again, what about the children? Yes, now that The SCOTUS has legalized the three parent family in the United States of America, what about the children that will be brought into families with same-sex parents? No matter what rule five empowered lawyers pass they cannot ever change the fact that a child must be the result of the procreation of a man and a woman. An infant may be brought home to two “married men” or two “married women” as their own child but is it really?   There is a third parent out there somewhere.

Heterosexual couples who adopt become a mom and a dad.  How does it work in a same-sex environment? Is the man who provides the sperm considered the father? Does the woman who provides the uterus for the sperm become the mother? When the child arrives at an age where they ask, “what can you tell me about my birth-mom or birth-dad”, how is that handled? Will the sperm donor from 20 years ago be willing to  come forward? What happens when two married women break up? Who gets custody? Do they keep accurate records of all donors?

Will a new “cottage industry” pop up for supplying sperm and eggs to people who might have a disease and cannot get approval to acquire sperm? What if one of the “marrieds” decides that maybe they are not homosexual and want to take up with the opposite sex? And let us not forget genetic predisposition. Will the children of these “marriages” have their actual blood line available so they might be able to use genetic markers to see if they are predisposed to diabetes, breast cancer, heart disease, and even autism or mental illness? It reverts back to the question; what about the children? What does this do to the children?

There is an  irrefutable fact of life and this is it. From the beginning of time, man and woman knew that marriage was peculiar to male and female. It is as natural as the rising and setting of the sun. We, as a species, have a need to survive. Continuing the human race is part of that survival instinct. Individual men and women are naturally attracted to each other and when they are they join together to form a family that reproduces and continues the species. It is the way of things and has been so for millennia. A ruling by five people cannot ever change natural law.

Children have “rights” too. And it seems to me that one of these basic rights is to be raised by a female mom and a male dad who have willingly joined together and started a family. Only as  unique human beings of the opposite sex can this be done. I wish no malice to gay people. I do not hate gay people. I wish them all the best. If they choose to have a life together, so be it. But, in my opinion, this gay marriage revolution has forgotten about the children. They are an after-thought. Gay marriage is all about secularism’s  mantra of self-gratification. But what about the children?

                                 ©Larry Peterson 2015  All Rights Reserved

Little Sisters Under Attack AGAIN; National Organization for Women Declares Them "DIRTY"

                                           

by Larry Peterson

The vitriol, screeching and lying about the results of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case continue unabated from those who want EVERYTHING their way.  The National Organization for Women has decided to include in their nonsensical lying attacks a very “mean and nasty” bunch of women,  The Little Sisters of the Poor.

Yes, my friends, the Little Sisters of the Poor, that order of nuns founded in the 19th century and dedicated to helping the sick and elderly, an order that asks for nothing in return, including payment for services, has been declared DIRTY  by  NOW.   Encapsulated in their own self-serving and ‘meistic’ world, the leaders of NOW, in a hair-brained and outlandish decision,  created and published a  hit list  of 100 of their enemies. The “creme de la creme” of the women’s movement, an organization claiming membership in the hundreds of thousands, has placed The Little Sisters on their DIRTY 100 list.  (Take a look at that list)

What qualifies a person or organization to receive such an “honor”? All you have to do is seek  relief  from the contraception demands included under the Affordable Care Act aka, Obamacare.  If you do  it means that you “hate” women.  You hate their freedom, their sexuality including their ovaries and uteri.  Yup–The Little Sisters of the Poor made the grade.  NOW considers them nothing but compassionate lovers of the sick, elderly and infirm who embrace the virtue of personal poverty.  That does not prevent the Sisters from being classified “Dirty”.  Why?  Because they are against abortifacient drugs.  That’s right, this has nothing to do with contraception.  Abortifacient drugs destroy a fetus AFTER conception.  Therefore, they cause an abortion.  Since the Little Sisters of the Poor are pro-life and oppose abortion, NOW says they are “DIRTY”.  Nothing else matters.

Hobby Lobby still covers the 16 contraception drugs as set forth in Obamacare. They do NOT have to pay for the four abortifacient drugs prescribed. These drugs destroy a fetus after conception. That is NOT contraception. That is abortion.  End of story.  Promoting the narrative that the SCOTUS has taken away a woman’s right to contraception is hogwash.  This is a lie being pushed to promote this fake “war on women”. If there is a war being waged inside the United States of America it is a war on the millions of unborn who have been vanquished under the ridiculous guise of a made-up, politically expedient freedom to abort which is clouded in a pretend virtue that does not exist.  Give me a break.

How utterly preposterous and ridiculous this is.  NOW was founded back in 1966. The objective was equality for women. It was a noble motive and women needed an organization so they could join together to gain equality in the work place, equal pay and protection from sexual abuse.  There was a double standard in wages, hiring practices, college admissions, and in Social Security payments.  All of those goals have been achieved.  There are more women in colleges than men,  women equal men in the work place, there are countless numbers of women doctors, lawyers, accounting professionals etc.  There are even  professional women boxers and wrestlers.

Today, NOW, supported by a very friendly administration,  panders to an ideology that  has negated the purpose of what the National Organization of Women originally stood for.  They are only for women who agree with their philosophy. Women who do not are attacked and vilified.  NOW has outlived its effectiveness and the purpose for which it was originally founded.

On Independence Day a Letter to George W. Bush–In MY Opinion, You Are One of Our Greatest Presidents

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

I was prepared to write something about Independence Day;  however, and I am not sure why, I started to think of President George W. Bush.  I leaned back and simply stared at the keyboard.  I have always felt he had gotten a “bum rap”.  Then I realized that I have never mentioned him in anything I have written. Why is that, I thought?  I came to the simple conclusion that it was because I was being a wimp.  Praising him was not the popular thing to do.

How pathetic is that on my part.   SO, I never wrote anything  about him—until now.  Therefore, I am writing this to him during this Independence Day week of 2014.  I want to thank him.  I also want to apologize for not defending his honor, integrity and patriotism sooner.  He was there when we needed him, make no mistake about it.

Dear President Bush,

I would like to start off by apologizing to you. You deserved better  from me. I should have been more vocal over the years in your defense. No president was ever confronted with what you were. No president, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, faced an unknown enemy such as you did.  Therefore I shall start by saying that I think that you were one of our greatest presidents. Why do I say that?  Because you brought a frightened and unsure nation together quickly and left no doubt to any of us and to the world who was in charge.  I do not care who might disagree.  I do not care because, the fact of the matter is, you lifted a nation and carried it forward..

You  were elected president without a majority of the popular vote and, after a contentious and vicious court battle, the presidency was decided by the Supreme Court.  Our legal system, although not perfect, worked and on January 20, 2001, you was sworn in as the 43rd president.  The fact is the liberal media, academia, the press and anyone left of center could not accept what had happened and were convinced the election was stolen and that Vice President Al Gore should have won. They still have not gotten over it. (Don’t worry about them. They would have felt the same way no matter who was in your shoes.)

For any others reading this I must now back us up a few years.  During the 1990’s Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda,  tried to take down the Twin Towers. That was in 1993.  A truck loaded with a 1200 pound bomb blew up in the basement of 2 World Trade Center at 12:18 P.M.  Six people were killed and over 1000 were injured. Over 50,000 people were evacuated from the World Trade Center and a roof over one of the PATH train tunnels collapsed.  The mission to bring down the towers had failed but the die had been cast.

Moving forward to August 7, 1998:  Explosions tore apart the United States Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  In Nairobi, over 200 people are killed and 4,000 wounded.  In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 12 more are killed and 85 more wounded.  Al-Qaeda  had a very “successful” day.

Finally, on October 12, 2000, the USS Cole is attacked in Yemen by terrorists from al-Qaeda.  The suicide bombers manage to blow a huge hole in the side of the ship and kill 17 of our Navy men while wounding 39 others.  This attack is the precursor to what will happen in less than a year.  During this time Osama Bin Laden had been more or less left to train and prepare his maniacal followers for future attacks against America.  “Sleepers” were already in the United States waiting to exact their evil missions.

September 11, 2001: 19 suicide bombers hijack four jumbo jets and manage to take down the Twin Towers in NYC, crash into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C and, if not for the courage of passengers (and soon to be American heroes) on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, would have attacked either the White House or the Capitol Building.

This was the worst attack on the United States in its history.  Unlike Pearl Harbor, this was a cowardly sneak attack on civilians.  Men, women, dads, moms, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, and even children were murdered that fateful day.  Over 3000 died, the Twin Towers collapsed, the Pentagon was in flames and the nation was in shock.  Enter the President of the United States–you–George W. Bush.

You had been in office less than nine months.  But that evening you spoke to the nation from the Oval Office. That night America knew they had a leader. That night all Americans, even those suffering the grief of loved ones suddenly gone, were able to take in a breath of reassurance and resolve. You were the man responsible  for that. You held us together, assured us, and stretched a calming hand outward and across the entire American landscape.

Then came October 30, 2001. That was when you threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium for game 3 of the 2001 World Series. At that moment, as you stood on the mound looking up at the crowd, all Americans watching truly felt united as Americans. And it was you, George W. Bush, President of the United States, who inspired that sense of pride and unity.  God had you where you needed to be at the time you were needed.

So, THANK YOU for being there when we needed you. You represented each and every one of us with honor, dignity and all that we are proud to call AMERICAN.  In my book, you are one of the greatest presidents we have ever had.

God bless you ,
Larry Peterson
                                     
                                           ©Larry Peterson 2014 All Right Reserved

Pinning on the Marriage Label Changes Nothing

Charles Cooper, the attorney defending Proposition 8 supporters, was prodded in the court  as to what makes marriage between a man and a woman unique? Cooper responded that a man and a woman could procreate. Why the court room “chuckle, chuckle”.  If I am not mistaken, the whole concept goes back to Adam and Eve. So what is so funny?

Why would a Supreme Court Justice, namely  Elena Kagan,  say, “I can assure you, if both the man and woman are over the age of 55, there are not a lot of children coming out of that marriage.” That comment received an appropriate amount of laughter in the packed courtroom. I ask again, “what is so funny?”

It seems to me that gay couples are able to receive every right that married couples do. They can own real estate together, share medical insurance together, can be on the same lease together, be each other’s medical proxy, and be buried together. What is the problem? Is it the word, MARRIAGE? 

We are living in the Age of Relatavism. That means Absolute Truth has been kicked to the curb. There are 24 hours in a day. The earth revolves around the sun in 365 days. We have day and we have night. Our very existence is predicated on the perfection around us. Can you imagine if one day took 24 hours and another day 13 or maybe 16 hours? How would you plan. What time would you go to work? Would 2p.m be 6 p.m  depending on the day which would never be the same length? Absolute truth also says that a man and a woman are needed to continue the human race. Without  the joint cooperation between a man and a woman the human race would cease to exist and it would happen very quickly. If I am not mistaken men and women have been joining together publicly in what is called Marriage for thousands of years.

What is the paranoia about being  able to use the word Marriage? There are civil unions and nine states allow “marriage” between same-sex couples. Even Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Same sex couples have every other right, it’s just about the label.”

Why is that so important? Look, I am a catholic and I do not condemn anyone for what they do or what they believe. The Catholic Church does not condemn homosexuals. It does say “NO” to sexual relationships outside the state of marriage. That also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples. That will not change.It seems to be that same-sex couples want to be the SAME as men and women couples. It is an impossibility. It has nothing to do with hatred or malevolence or anything like that.  Being among those (including myself) who would be accused of that is not funny, it is sad.  The bottom line is this, pinning on the Marriage label changes nothing. Marriage is for men and women, end of story.