You have to admire the gall of the judgmental people in this world. To turn your nose down at a group of people while your character is in the gutter takes a certain talent, not to mention having a lack of mirrors in your house.
I was flipping through some of the news on the Web, and I came across an ABC story about a blog entry from Bristol Palin, the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, taking President Obama to task for his recent support of gay marriage. She accused the president of allowing his daughters to dictate policy because they have friends with gay parents, and discussions about this took place at the Obamas’ dinner table.
Needless to say, the first word that sprung to mind was “hypocrisy.” It seems to me that if you’re going to try and tell people how they should live, you might want to make sure you have no skeletons in your closet. Taking advice from Bristol Palin on how to live a good and virtuous Christian life is like being lectured by Ted Kennedy on the evils of alcohol.
I should point out that it is not easy to find this particular blog entry today. I went to the original link for it and was told the page did not exist, even though I read it the day before. Anyhow, I finally found it, and here’s what the young woman had to say about gay marriages and relationships:
“While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that—as great as her friends may be—we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.”
Ideals are certainly a wonderful thing, but maybe Bristol can explain this: For thousands of years, the concept of having sex—and getting pregnant out of wedlock—was frowned upon. Why should gay people subscribe to her archaic point of view when her very public flaunting of such philosophy was a key focus when her mother ran as John McCain’s running mate?
It’s the very same double standard that has existed for a long time, and I, for one, am getting a little tired of it. Single mothers having babies, sometimes at the rate of rabbits, have found acceptance. The concept of two men or two women of loving each other, however, is still seen by many as unnatural and detrimental to any children who are raised by such people.
I think Bristol’s last paragraph hit upon an interesting point about fathers. Of course, you have to wonder at what point kids should be able to form beliefs of their own.
“Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the president would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.”
You could also argue that it would’ve been nice if Bristol’s parents would’ve shaped her thoughts instead of letting her be influenced by MTV. Parents definitely need to guide their children in core beliefs that most share—don’t kill people, don’t rob them blind, nobody is more important than anybody else. However, to claim that the president should teach his children that the only definition of a family is a mother and a father, and the only definition of a married couple is a man and a woman, is off base.
There’s nothing wrong with being a good Christian. There’s nothing wrong with encouraging people to be as decent as they can. I just don’t think you should be throwing stones when you’re not completely sin-free yourself.
P.S. Just so y’all don’t have the same difficulty I did finding Bristol’s blog post, here is the link: www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2012/05/hail-to-the-chiefs-malia-and-sasha-obama