All the messages of support from fellow crusaders for traditional marriage have inspired Miss California, Carrie Prejean, to partner with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Way to go! In spite of all the negative press that she received, Carrie didn't back down. Now this is a woman with a backbone! I look forward to seeing her ad campaign.
I don't watch pageants - I have always thought they were demeaning to women, in spite of the whole scholarship spin. But after all the outcry about Miss California's answer to Perez Hilton's question in the recent Miss America pageant, I confess I did watch that short clip on Utube. Miss California (Carrie Prejean, a college student and conservative Christian) was asked how she feels about same-sex marriage, and although she was the front-runner for the crown, her answer so disgusted Perez Hilton, a flamboyantly gay judge, that he gave her a zero, which effectively took away the crown. He gave her a zero score because he didn't like her opinion, not because she lost her poise or answered stupidly, like contestants have done in the past (anyone who has received a low grade in high school on a well-written essay that goes against the teacher's opinion can understand the unfairness of this!). Then he went on to write about Miss California on his website, calling her a "stupid b***h". Miss California is being maligned for expressing her opinion in response to a totally inflammatory question (don't ask it if you can't handle the answer), yet Perez Hilton can call a woman an obscene and demeaning name, and no one is saying one word against him in the media. From this, I can only conclude that in our society today, it is more acceptable to publicly bully a woman than it is for that woman to exercise her 1st Amendment right. There is something fundamentally wrong with that. And the GLBT community is trying to tell us that this is all about equal rights. This treatment of Miss California takes the Women's Movement back a century. Perez Hilton is advocating the removal of a woman's right to speak her mind. And as a woman, and a native, tax-paying, voting Californian, I find that reprehensible. In addition, Perez Hilton would do well to remember that same sex marriage was banned by a majority of California votes. Which means that Miss California's beliefs represent our state very accurately! Carrie Prejean, I applaud you! Don't listen to all noise in the media - and be assured that there are many of us who agree with your beliefs and support you!
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSENN) is hijacking the classroom on April 17th with their "Day of Silence". This is yet another effort by the GLBT community to indoctrinate minors with their agenda, without parental permission. The idea is to interrupt regular classroom activities with silent support of the homosexual lifestyle by both students and teachers. FOR AN ENTIRE DAY. Truly, what is the point of attending school on a day when, if GLSENN gets their way, no teaching or learning will be taking place? I, along with many other Conservative groups, am advocating a walkout on April 17. However, not all schools participate in this "Day of Silence", so take a few moments and educate yourself first. Here's what to do:
1) Call your schools and ask them directly whether they "permit teachers or students to remain silent in support of the National "Day of Silence" effort. It is important not to ask them if they "sponsor, support, or endorse" a "Day of Silence". They will tell you No. This is usually NOT a school sponsored event - it is most often promoted by students who are members of the campus gay-straight alliance. In this way, the schools neatly side-step any parental notification requirement. Also ask administrators whether they permit teachers to re-write lesson plans to accomodate students who participate in "Day of Silence".
2) Find out what date your schools plan to have "Day of Silence". Some schools may choose to allow students and teachers to participate, but on a different day.
3) Inform district and school administrators of your planned walkout. Money talks. You may be able to influence a change.
We don't have to take this laying down. But if we don't act in defense of parental rights and traditional values, then we will lose them. It is especially offensive to me when the GLBT community start bringing their agenda into public schools - if we can't teach Creationism or advocate prayer in schools, then they shouldn't be able to teach their agenda either. You can help de-politicize the learning environment by calling your child out of school if your child's school allows students to remain silent during instructional time on the "Day of Silence". Join the national effort!
In a move reminiscent of the CA battle over Propositions 22 and 8, the Iowa state Supreme Court voted unanimously to legalize same sex marriage. This move has disappointed and dismayed Iowan conservatives. read article here Gay rights advocates are overjoyed (naturally) and were quoted as saying, "This shows that the heartland of America is for same sex marriage" and "as goes Iowa, so goes the nation". I contend with these statements. The citizens of Iowa did not legalize same sex marriage. The state supreme court justices did. They do not represent the entire "heartland of America"! And while the second claim may have coincidentally been accurate in U.S. Presidential races, it clearly does not hold true in this case (In fact, same sex marriage supporters said the exact same thing when the CA Supreme Court briefly legalized it! Broken record). I encourage Iowans to put this to the vote, as Californians did. I assert now, as I did while campaigning for Prop. 8, that the state Supreme Court justices just simply don't have the right to change laws that will govern an entire state full of citizens, without the express (voted) permission of said citizens. America is a democracy, not an oligarchy (in spite of Obama's efforts). Put it to the vote, Iowa! In addition, I still argue that the legalization of same sex marriage is, in itself, a Pandora's box. There are consequences that are offensive and repugnant to most Americans. Now is NOT the time to give in to one small (albeit loud) section of society. The legalization of same sex marriage is NOT for the greater good. In fact, it will harm families everywhere.