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Saturday, June 23, 2007

More about marriage and gays

The ever-reliable Peter Steinfels gives us a rundown on a strong new (old) argument about the nature of marriage in his bi-weekly "Beliefs" column. For those of us who think the divorce rate, cohabitation, and children out of wedlock are much more alarming than gay marriage, this offers some good food for thought. Note especially the reference to Bonhoeffer's wedding sermon. Here's the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/23/us/23beliefs.html?pagewanted=1#


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Moving the discussion forward on gays

There is a very helpful article in The Los Angeles Times which should help the debate. The link is
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/la-na-exgay18jun18,1,6308935.story?ctrack=2&cset=true

The important thing here is that all talk of "curing" gays should be abandoned.

Still at issue, however -- in the view of many who do not speak publicly on the subject -- is the likelihood of a psychodynamic (rather than biological or genetic) cause for homosexuality.


Torture alert

I just sent three emails to the Senate Intelligence Committee members asking them not to confirm Rizzo for the CIA. Rizzo's testimony yesterday was appalling. He was unwilling to say forthrightly that our treatment of detainees was humane. So far, only Senator Diane Feinstein is offering a significant challenge.


Friday, June 01, 2007

Wanted: Grown-up men and fathers

The scarcity of male role models in American life is serious. Mothers alone cannot raise boys to be responsible, mature men without fathers or father substitutes. This fact is poorly understood and little acted-upon. Here is a sample comment from a review of the new movie, Knocked Up:

Excerpt from a review by A. O . Scott, New York Times, June 1

At a moment of crisis Ben [who has impregnated his new girlfriend] calls his father, a nice, tolerant guy played by Harold Ramis, for advice. “Just tell me what to do,” he begs, but no help is forthcoming. (“I’ve been divorced three times [says the father]. Why are you asking me?”) The absence of a credible model of mature manhood is clearly one of the forces trapping Ben and his friends in their state of blithe immaturity.

Mr. Apatow’s [the director] critique of contemporary mores is easy to miss — it is obscured as much by geniality as by profanity — but it is nonetheless severe and directed at the young men who make up the core of this film’s likely audience. The culture of sexual entitlement and compulsive consumption encourages men to remain boys, for whom women serve as bedmates and babysitters.