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Friday, March 15, 2013
Traditional Values Coalition: Homosexuality Is Just Like Drunk Driving
SUBMITTED BY Brian Tashman on Friday, 3/15/2013 3:00 pm
Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition is mocking Sen. Rob Portman’s recent announcement that he changed his views on marriage equality after his son came out of the closet. Lafferty asked in a statement if a politician would support drunk driving if his son was a drunk driver. She maintained that civilization is “doomed to collapse” if gay rights laws succeed, and Portman should have told his son that it is “wrong” to be gay.
Traditional Values Coalition president Andrea Lafferty issued the following statement in reaction to Ohio Senator Rob Portman's recent repudiation of his stance against gay marriage in reaction to his son's homosexual preferences:
These past few days have been very painful ones for me.
Earlier this week one of my children came to me and told me something which was shocking.
He is a drunk driver and has been driving drunk regularly since college.
I have taken several days to reflect on this and I have decided to reverse my earlier opposition to drunk driving.
My child is a drunk driver and I love him. It is a part of his identity, who he is.
I have reflected on all of this, consulted Scripture (the story of Jesus changing water into wine when the wedding he was attending in Cana ran dry is particularly relevant) and decided that drunk driving is a generational issue. Younger people take a much different view of drunk driving than older people.
Therefore, today I am reversing my opposition to drunk driving. My child has caused me to revisit a decision which, up until now, had been based simply on morality.
My child is a drunk driver. That has personalized the issue for me and taken me above the whole discussion of the morality of it. It is now personal with me.
In addition, I would like to say that drunk driving will make all of us stronger drivers. Think of how much more interesting driving will be in the future if more people have the freedom to drive drunk. It will sharpen the defensive driving skills of the rest of us.
"This unreleased press statement follows the same twisted, self-serving logic that several public officials have used in explaining their switch from opposing homosexual marriage to favoring it.
"If you remember nothing else from this exchange, remember this: our children are learners and unable to determine morality and then hand it down to their parents and other impressionable adults. This is one factor in why our culture is so morally upside down!
"This whole line of argument suggesting that opposition to homosexual “marriage” is a personal and “generational” matter is equally silly.
"There are absolutes. There is right and there is wrong. There are objective truths. A civilization which has no governing principles or laws is doomed to collapse. That is the soul of conservatism.
"The tough part of being a parent is telling one of those young souls whom we have been charged with raising that he or she is wrong. But because it is tough that doesn’t mean that we are excused from doing it or we can delegate our responsibility to a teacher or “the village” or some other entity.
"Being a good parent is infinitely more difficult than being a Senator or President. And telling someone you love that he or she is wrong is the most difficult part of that difficult job.
"A nation which recognizes this is on the road to a vast spiritual recovery."
Hello, my friends and fellow psycho ward residents; I say we must be crazy. Must be. Because in a rational world, one does not say that very tangible and real aspects of "your" life must not be so that I may maintain what I believe to be morals and values that everyone must live by, no matter how intangible and sketchy. It is really a mark against our education when grown adults, men and women who have experienced life and seen the world spin on by a time or two, would accept that "traditional", such as "traditional marriage" is a historical issue when, in fact, the very concept of marriage has drastically changed in just the expected life span here in this country. It was not until the '40's and a so called World War took many of the men that it was acceptable for women to work outside the home. Try to tell a woman it's unacceptable for her to work outside the home now. Some would cry "Deal!" Others would ask how you dare tell them that they don't deserve the chance to make money, to contribute to society, to reach for new challenges and new opportunities. Now, if we consider the concept of so called gay marriage. It is essentially the same. Some people decide that it is against their "values" to allow two consenting adults who just happen to be of the same gender to come into a marriage contract. They say that the benefits and responsibilities of marriage are a value judgement that cannot be meted out to those of different values. Why? Now, in relation to this idiot above.... what he doesn't consider is that a drunk driver is a death sentence waiting to happen to all he meets on the road. Is that a fair parallel to gay marriage? Really? Further on the idiot... is it possible that the rants and raves of those who have "no horse in the race" suddenly becomes trite once the facts come so very much home? Maybe, instead of making light of this other man's change of opinion, it would be better to seek an understanding of why his opinion changed. Well, speaking of opinions, there's mine. hugs.