I thank Mark Regnerus. Far from being “bullshit,” his work is affirming to me, because it acknowledges what the gay activist movement has sought laboriously to erase, or at least ignore. Whether homosexuality is chosen or inbred, whether gay marriage gets legalized or not, being strange is hard; it takes a mental toll, makes it harder to find friends, interferes with professional growth, and sometimes leads one down a sodden path to self-medication in the form of alcoholism, drugs, gambling, antisocial behavior, and irresponsible sex. The children of same-sex couples have a tough road ahead of them—I know, because I have been there. The last thing we should do is make them feel guilty if the strain gets to them and they feel strange. We owe them, at the least, a dose of honesty. Thank you, Mark Regnerus, for taking the time to listen.
Absolutely nailed most issues; however, the one issue you missed is that most people have anxieties about motivating themselves to accomplish certain tasks (etc.) because what they are focusing on does not bring joy. For example, I have worked since I was 16 and now, at 59, every job I have had is going against my grain. I work because I am a responsible individual and have always taken care of myself financially, as well as supported my daughter (as a single mom). Unfortunately, I am one of many who work because it is necessary. I never found my purpose. As I am aging, my anxieties worsen because I HATE what I do for a living. I get nothing out of it and the older I get, the drudgery is intensifying. This daily grief spills over into all other chores, responsibilities and (now) even extra-curricular activities. My motivation has become defined as “can I make it through another day”! If you took a poll, I bet more people feel like this than you could ever imagine. Sad, don’t you think?!
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Regnerus’s study identified 248 adult children of parents who had same-sex romantic relationships. Offered a chance to provide frank responses with the hindsight of adulthood, they gave reports unfavorable to the gay marriage equality agenda. Yet the results are backed up by an important thing in life called common sense: Growing up different from other people is difficult and the difficulties raise the risk that children will develop maladjustments or self-medicate with alcohol and other dangerous behaviors. Each of those 248 is a human story, no doubt with many complexities.
Deirdre McCloskey: Yeah, there sure is. My view is that conservatives … We, as free market advocates, as Cato-ites, we ought to be trying to occupy the middle. [00:09:30] This thing that just happened in France with Macron … By the way, I was at a dinner party in Paris a couple of months ago before the election, and I pointed out to the assembled group that Macron in Ancient Greek means big deal. And it is a big deal that he’s occupied the middle with real liberalism. That is, freedom for people so far as social matters are concerned, transgendered [00:10:00] people or people from Morocco and so forth on the one hand, and fiscal responsibility on the other. So taking the best of the Democrats and the Republicans so to speak, in France the conservatives and the socialists.
Not only was he a great Prophet and Messenger,but he was also a statesman, military leader, ruler, teacher, neighbor and friend. Family life was one of the most important areas where he was a great example, sincehe was both a husband and a father. Due to God's wisdom, His last and finalprophet experienced a wide array of marriages and family situations. Due tothis, he is an example for people who are monogamous, for those who are polygamous,for those wishing to marry those older than themselves and for those wondering howearly someone can rightfully marry.
exceeds fifteen to twenty years, the results may be happier. The marriage of an elderly (senescent) not, of course, an old (senile) man to a quite young girl, is often very successful and harmonious. The bride is immediately introduced and accustomed to moderate sexual intercourse.
you were considered "old"if you made it to 40!) Not only does marriage provide a legal outletfor people with strong sexual desires, but it usually produces more children. One of the main purposes of marriage is to produce children - as the Bible says (Genesis 8:17). This was especiallyimportant in the past, when people did not live as long as they do now and the infantmorality rate was much higher.
7. We labor to protect God’s creation. While we worship only the Creator and not the creation, our God-given dominion over the earth and its species is a sacred responsibility to steward the earth and not a license to abuse the creation of which we are a part. This implies the principle of sustainability: our uses of the earth must be designed to conserve and renew the earth rather than to deplete or destroy it (Personal note: In addition to the general moral issue of environmental stewardship, global warming will impact civilization and especially the vulnerable in ways that will connect with many of the moral issues above).
Those who are 100-percent gay may view bisexuals with a mix of disgust and envy. Bisexual parents threaten the core of the LGBT parenting narrative—we do have a choice to live as gay or straight, and we do have to decide the gender configuration of the household in which our children will grow up. While some gays see bisexuality as an easier position, the fact is that bisexual parents bear a more painful weight on their shoulders. Unlike homosexuals, we cannot write off our decisions as things forced on us by nature. We have no choice but to take responsibility for what we do as parents, and live with the guilt, regret, and self-criticism forever.
5. We work to protect human rights. We need to work to create an international climate that respects human rights, especially seeking to develop human rights in countries with a history of totalitarianism. Here in America, we believe that our churches have a special obligation to help eliminate the lingering effects of race-based injustices of the past. In keeping with purposes 2 and 3 above, we do not believe that human rights language should be extended to support things that are not inherent human rights, such as : (1) taking life through abortion or euthanasia and (2) winning social recognition for sexual acts outside traditional marriage.
Such ideas are always welcomed by "liberals", "humanists" and others like them. The point of all this in regards to young marriage, however, might be less clear. What needs to be pointed out is the contradictory "modern" Western view of sexuality. They are taken aback by the thought of marriage at the age of puberty, even though it's an age old custom. However, they have junior high schools where sex education is taught and a society where sexually promiscuous "dating" is considered the norm. Sometimes sex is simply a natural pleasure to be enjoyed, but at other times it is a psychological demon of far reaching consequences. In short, everything from their private lives to their court systems, have fallen victim to the moral relativity of the psychiatrists and psychologists. The attitude that any experience in life can be seen as some sort of "trauma" is very widespread.