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Well, another statement of ignorance has come from the Palin family.  This time, from Bristol Palin, about gay marriage.  These kinds of statements are nothing new.  And, as with all other statements of ignorance or bigotry from these people, there is a rabid group of supporters who come out of the woodwork in support of their ignorant statements and outright prejudice.

It’s the new conservative attitude – don’t question what our leaders say.  Don’t question anything that anybody who espouses our values says.  While there are liberals who do just the same, the fact is that more liberals will question the current president than the amount of conservatives who questioned George Bush I, George Bush II or Ronald Reagan.  It just isn’t done.

As such, this leads us to what Bristol Palin had to say, and what her supporters are backing.  She wrote a blog post (linked above) talking about President Obama’s recent statements about his views on gay marriage.  Now, a lot of people will make petty jokes about the Palin family and their views, if Bristol wants to talk about marriage, alright Bristol, let’s talk about marriage.  Your move.

Let’s pause for just one second.  When Christian women run for high office, people inevitably bring up the question of submission.  Once, Michele Bachmann, for example, was asked during a debate, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”

People automatically assume that a Christian female President isn’t capable of making decisions without her spouse’s stamp of approval.  (I should add female Republican candidates –liberal women don’t get the same kind of questions.)

Nobody will deny that a person’s ability to lead shouldn’t come from what gender they are.  No one gender is better at leading than the other.  The ability to lead a nation is based on personal strength and personal conviction, along with popular support of that.  Of course, with this nation, all leaders are corrupt, but that’s a whole different can of worms.

Looking at the issue of questions of faith in relevance to America, this needs to be addressed in respect to Republican woman.  According to a Gallup poll, 42% of Republicans and 46% of conservatives believe that the Bible is the actual word of God.  With that in mind, one must absolutely point out that according to the Bible, a woman should be silent, totally obedient to her husband and have no positions of authority over men.

If one considers the Bible to be absolutely true, then it should be completely fair to question what they believe, since they are going to be leading this country.  Faith should have no part of one’s legislation, or one’s executive decisions.  Now this goes both ways.  If a liberal believes that the Bible is the absolute word of God, then they too should be scrutinized under a microscope.  Again, Bristol, your move.

So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?

No, it isn’t a problem if your mom listened to much to your dad.  It’s a problem if your mom listened too much to a book that has no factual basis whatsoever, and has no place in government.  And since that book openly says that women should be silent and obey men, it should be questioned if she is with those beliefs or not.

Also, the President didn’t come to this decision by consulting with his daughters.  He has said that he has been in support of equal rights for some time, how he has had LGBT staff members in the White House and has gotten their perspectives, as well as the fact that he believed that anybody should be allowed to serve their country, regardless of sexual orientation.  These are long-standing beliefs.

Bristol, however, wants her fans to think that the President of this country merely bowed down to his teenage daughters, which is nowhere near the truth.  So, Bristol, you are being dishonest about the President’s motives and what he is trying to do.  What comes next?  Your move.

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.

Well, since Bristol can’t hold up the argument based on what she has presented alone, since some part of her must know that that is blatantly false, she decides to go another route – saying that marriage is based in thousands of years of tradition, as well as appealing to the argument style of “I don’t hate gays, but there should be a mother and father to raise kids.”  It’s a classic argument which totally ignores the truth.

First, marriage has not been only one man and one woman for thousands of years.  Looking at the Bible, King David, one of the biggest biblical figures, had an entire harem of women who were his sexual servants.  The taking of women from slain nations as sex slaves is also totally condoned by the Bible, in addition to the wife that one has.

Not to mention that the idea of marriage as we know it has rapidly changed in the last century.  There was a time when subservience to men was quite acceptable in this country.  Inter-racial marriage was also incredibly taboo, and not completely accepted by the culture at large.  The fact is that the breaking of traditions is one of the oldest traditions of all, because we realize that a tradition is flawed, and in need of change.  A tradition that is worth following can stand on its own merits, and doesn’t need to be supported by “history.”

Next up, there is not one piece of evidence that has come up stating that a child will come out better if it is in a home of a mother and father.  The studies that conervatives cite that show that a child will grow up better with a mother and father almost never have any LGBT couples who were involved in the study, and are therefore completely false, along with taking things directly out of context, as Focus on the Family has done many times.

However, the real insidious nature of this document is that Bristol wishes people to look on these loving families are somehow fundamentally wrong, and wants everyone else to do so as well, hiding behind the wall of “tradition.”  Your move, Bristol.

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.

Yes, and sometimes, conservative women should think about the rationality and intelligence of what they say before they say it, rather than appealing to false arguments and worthless tradition that doesn’t even have any place in history, not to mention a faith thath as no place in this government either.

Bristol, there here is a piece of general advice for the future – if you can’t say something smart, don’t say anything at all.

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Comments on: "The Palin’s and Gay Marriage" (5)

  1. you have to excuse the Palins. Their lives have been so hard of late.

    • Oh yeah, they have had it so rough, living in wealth, having a legion of followers blindly follow their commands, and being influencial faces in the world of conservative politics. Yes, being a Palin is just so hard. Awww…

      • Hey now, I heard someone on TV said something mean about them. They probably just need a hug.

      • Yeah, they have been saying this kind of stupidity for years. They must need a LOT of hugs. Oh wait, this post shows clearly that this person has no decency, so a hug would work about as well as trying to solve an algebra equation with bubble-gum.

  2. Paul Hogue said:

    I have to say, while Ms. Palin (Bristol) may believe this crud, it doesn’t look like something she wrote. In fact, it looks exactly like the writings of the person who manages her mother’s webpage. It’s snarky and vindictive. Also, I remember seeing texts from her published in some article. She can’t spell. Someone wrote this for her.

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