Drunken decisions

From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:

Internet Douchebag Patrol
Posted on | April 2, 2014 | 57 Comments

Look, it’s not as if there were a shortage of actual news for me to blog about today. For example, my friend Shaun McCutcheon won a landmark Supreme Court decision today, and there’s all kinds of commentary about McCutcheon v. FEC.

Here is a guy from Alabama who has bought me beers whose name is forever destined to be cited as a legal precedent and yet, I feel myself constrained merely to make brief notice of the decision, because the Internet is swarming with douchebags today.

I’m talking about you, Gregory Bernstein of Vanderbilt University.

Do I need some overprivileged college freshman to lecture me about “rape culture”? No, I most certainly do not. I’ll quote your ridiculous Huffington Post sermonette only briefly:

Rape culture is a culture in which we allow responsibility for sexual violence to be shifted from the rapist to the victim. Rape culture is a culture in which our first reaction upon learning about an alleged assault is to doubt victims, to ask what they were wearing, or what they were drinking. Rape culture is a culture in which myths and misconceptions about rape are allowed to be taught as truth.

Two words for you, Greg: Individual responsibility.

Cultures don’t rape people. Rapists rape people. What is objectionable about these endless “rape culture” lectures is that they represent an effort to demonize all men, to create a collective responsibility for crimes committed by individuals. Or, allegedly committed, as the circumstances in some cases are strongly disputed.

More at the link. Mr McCain is correct about one thing: crimes are the individual responsibility of the people who commit them, and Mr Bernstein has fallen into the “feminist” trap of trying to blame the “culture” and men in general for the crimes of a few, and that’s hogwash. However, Mr McCain mockingly quoted another paragraph from Mr Bernstein, on a point in which I think Mr Bernstein was dead on target:

But here, Greg, let me quote you briefly once more:

It’s time for individuals as well as colleges and universities to re-teach what it means to have consent. Consent is active, continuous, and given freely. Consent requires sobriety. Consent can be withdrawn. Consent to one sexual act is not consent to all sexual acts. “No” doesn’t mean “convince me.”

Restraining my urge to offer a sarcastic reply I’m sure I would regret, let me say this: You’re attempting to repeal human nature.

Such is the feminist “rape culture” project in its pure essence. As I’ve said before, the argument boils down to, “Shut up, because rape.”

All men must submit to feminist re-education, so angry lesbians can teach them to be as meek and harmless as geriatric eunuchs.

The short sentence emboldened and highlighted in red is the one which I see as important.

Mr Bernstein’s message might have been mocked by Mr McCain, but, you know what, he’s right on this point. If you get drunk and copulate, there is a more than negligible chance that your “date” will have some real regrets when she sobers up, and those regrets can have some pretty serious legal consequences. If your “date” decides that she was raped, and presses charges, even if you are acquitted, the information that you were charged with rape will remain on the public record forever, and you will be out many thousands of dollars in legal bills.

When Mr Bernstein says, “It’s time for individuals as well as colleges and universities to re-teach what it means to have consent,” he’s right. How many frat parties are there where young ladies and gentlemen get stinking drunk and wind up doing things that they would not do if sober? It’s not just copulation, but pictures, almost always of the girls, taken in various stages of undress or in flagrante dilecto, and posted on the internet, which can have long-lasting implications, or even, as Donald Douglas reported, dying from drunken stupidity. Colleges need to point this out, simply as a matter of due diligence, because the mixture of raging hormones, youthful daredevilry and alcohol does not always lead to happy endings.

Colleges will never be able to completely eliminate alcohol use — even the Naval Academy failed in this — but they can damned well point out what problems can occur.

Mr McCain is correct that Mr Bernstein seems to want to repeal human nature: young men and women get horny and want sex, and alcohol loosens the inhibitions which normally restrain such people from being too stupid about it, but the legal implications are now very serious. What seems like a great idea when you’re intoxicated isn’t always so great the next morning, and taking such serious decisions — and the decision to copulate is always a very serious one — when you’re drunk can expose you to the consequences of drunken decisions.

Mr McCain derided Mr Bernstein with the sentence, “All men must submit to feminist re-education, so angry lesbians can teach them to be as meek and harmless as geriatric eunuchs,” but I think that he missed the point. It’s true enough that the radical feminists have a real problem with males being actual men, but what Mr Bernstein was talking about isn’t males being men, but males not being men, males being thugs, males being criminals. Males can be rapists, but actual men are not.

Obviously at a law school!

Child molestation by the rich and powerful in Delaware

For once, the denizens of the Delaware Liberal are right:

Multimillionaire du Pont family heir was spared jail for raping his three-year-old daughter because judge decided he would ‘not fare well’ behind bars
Filed in National by on March 31, 2014 • 18 Comments

Robert H Richards IV, convicted child rapist, who will not spend a day behind bars.

The headline above is from the UK’s Dail Mail

The News Journal’s own headline (Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison) also does a good job laying out the brutal facts of the case. The wealthy literally have a different set of rules. They have judges like Jurden and an entire criminal justice system devoted to keeping the screws on the middle and lower classes while ensuring that the well connected 1-per-centers don’t need to feel the slightest discomfort regardless of the egregiousness of their crimes.

If you have memories of the United States before it was completely taken over by depraved and dishonorable plutocrats, this story is madness inducing. If you still harbor some naive sense that our courts and governmental institutions are in place to ensure “liberty and justice for all” then hopefully this story has provided you with a long overdue wake up call.

That’s the whole story, but the critters infesting the DL are similarly outraged in the comments section.

Which brings me to Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, the Honorable Kathleen Kane. Mrs Kane, a Democrat, campaigned for office in part by saying that she wanted to investigate why it took so long to arrest and charge former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges, trying to blame then-Attorney General and current Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA):

The investigation into Sandusky’s abuse started when a teen, Aaron Fisher, told Clinton County authorities in January 2009 that the former Penn State coach had touched him inappropriately. The case was referred to Centre County’s then-district attorney, Michael Madeira, who referred it to the state attorney general.

Corbett, as attorney general, launched the investigation in March 2009 and used the grand jury to hear testimony in secret from a number of witnesses, including the young men who later were described in the presentment that outlined the charges against Sandusky in November 2011.

Corbett handed off the investigation to Kelly, who was appointed attorney general after he became governor in January 2011.

Kane previously questioned the use of the grand jury, saying it would have been better to have trained investigators and prosecutors investigate instead of everyday people on the grand jury.

Corbett has defended the investigation and has pointed to Sandusky’s conviction in June 2012 as evidence it worked.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D-PA) Click to enlarge.

Did the Sandusky investigation take too long? Possibly, but the state built an airtight case, which took time, a case which insured that Mr Sandusky wouldn’t get away with his crimes; he was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, which, given that he was already 68 years old, amounts to a life sentence. Mrs Kane, whom Real Clear Politics once described as Pennsylvania’s new “it” girl, now has her own problems, having killed an investigation into Democratic politicians from Philadelphia taking bribes. But, at least in the Keystone State, when the state Attorney General found out about a serious child molestation accusation against a powerful and well-respected man, the Justice Department investigate, prosecuted, and put the pervert behind bars. It seems that Delaware’s Attorney General, who just happens to be the son of Vice President Joe Biden, wasn’t exactly pushing to get Mr Richards thrown in jail.

Maybe the lovely Mrs Kane can investigate Beau Biden?

Rule 5 Blogging: United States Marine Corps

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

Under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, the Secretary of Defense has ordered the armed services to fully integrate women into all phases of military duty, including ground combat forces. As we have previously noted, the Marine Corps is giving women the opportunity to take the enlisted and officers infantry training courses; 13 women have passed the enlisted course so far, but none of the 14 women who have attempted the officers’ course have passed yet. This week’s Rule 5 includes some of the articles concerning those attempts.

Pvt Kassandra Woodward smiles while talking about being the first woman in Indiana to complete the Marine Corps Infantry Training Battalion course. Woodward, of Vevay, and 12 other women have graduated through the ITB since it was opened up to them in 2013. Woodward, who hopes to serve for a full 20 years in the Marine Corps, said she joined because she wanted to prove that women could perform alongside the men. Even though Woodward and the other female graduates successfully completed the ITB, they will still have to work in non-infantry related job fields in the Corps. Woodward’s next stop will be Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where she will train to be a truck driver. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)

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From Around the Blogroll

William Teach noted that new wind power projects dropped by 93% last year, once tax credits for them expired. It seems as though wind power is a lousy investment without government assistance. I wonder if the leftists who complain about corporate welfare will say that ending this particular bit of corporate welfare is a good thing. :lol:

After seeing some real h8 speech by the left, Sister Toldjah asks what conservatives have to do to win the culture wars. When the left routinely lies about conservatives, and there are millions of people stupid enough to believe those lies, not even caring if they are lies or not, it might be that just telling the truth isn’t enough.

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain says that You Can’t Spell ‘Liberal’ Without L-I-E:

Patterico catches Matthew Yglesias in a big fat stinking lie and the liar Yglesias reacts by lying about his lie. Yglesias actually blocked Patterico on Twitter, and Ezra Klein defended Yglesias’s lie.

Meanwhile, “Harry Reid Lied About Americans Being Liars, and Now That He’s Busted, He’s Lying Again“ – this is not unusual. Harry Reid is one of the most dishonest men ever to serve in the Senate, perhaps rivaling even the notoriously mendacious Ted Kennedy.

Dejah Thoris, from the movie John Carter. In his Barsoom series, Edgar Rice Burroughs depicted the Barsoomians (Martians) as being completely naked, other than for pieces of armor, but the movie makers didn’t film it that way. :(

Dejah Thoris of the Victory Girls was pleased that a Feminist Professor Who Attacked Pro-Life Student Charged With Criminal Battery. It won’t matter much, because the charges are misdemeanors, and department of feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young, whose research emphasis is black studies, pornography, and sex work — why would any university actually pay anyone to research that bovine feces? — will get nothing more than a fine and a stern talking-to. And I, of course, always look forward to posts from Dejah, just so Ican use the picture at he right. :)

Karen, the Lonely Conservative noted that Another Climate Alarmist Wants To Imprison ‘Deniers’. You know that the “science is settled” when they want to silence any opposition.

L D Jackson thought that vote fraud was non-existent, but, amazingly enough, more instances of fraudulent voting keep cropping up. I have to wonder: just how many anecdotes and isolated instances does it take to constitute a real problem?

Hube was amused by a Democratic candidate’s statement that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) wasn’t qualified to hold the office he has since 1981, because he never went to law school.

Patterico spotted Anthony Weiner’s first column for Business Insider, and it seems that the guy who couldn’t stop “sexting” even after it cost him a congressional seat has shown just as much intellectual rigor when it comes to writing on economics and business.

Donald Douglas actually got off the internet for a while to refresh the Mrs, play with his son, and read a book.

And for those of you who think that cats can’t understand or speak English, Pluto just came up to the computer room and said, verbally, “I want to go out.” I responded, “OK, I’ll let you out,” and before I was even out of my chair, she was running downstairs for the door.

A Tale of Two Sittings (Rome/Obama)

For what I saw as a Humorous (in a cynical way) was Obama’s (40%ish popularity) take on his meeting with the Pope (85% popularity) yesterday. The Vatican posted its take on the meeting also. One wonders if they actually in the same room??? Supposedly they were because, unlike Mooch, the Press was invited to take pictures. Frankly, I’ll take the Vatican’s version.

Only God knows for sure: Obama, pope differ on accounts of ‘social schisms’ talk

(midway through the article)
The Vatican, however, issued a statement after the meeting saying the president’s discussions with Francis and two other top Vatican officials focused “on questions of particular relevance for the [Catholic] Church in [the United States], such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection” — issues that have fueled divisions between Mr. Obama and the church.

Although Mr. Obama wanted to highlight his bond with Francis over questions of economic inequality and helping the poor, Obamacare’s mandate for employers to pay for birth control gained more attention. (Sounds like CROSS-Talk, so to speak)

The president clearly wanted to benefit from the global popularity of the pope. Their meeting was a highlight of Mr. Obama’s foreign trip that ends Friday in Saudi Arabia, but it was at an awkward time for the president.

Two Sittings

Read it all here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/27/obama-meets-pope-francis-vatican/#ixzz2xHMNmYnx

But, but, but, they’re blue states! How can this be?

This is really no surprise to someone who grew up in the South:

Report: NY schools are most racially segregated
By Karen Matthews | Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles looks at enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010.

In New York City, the largest school system in the U.S. with 1.1 million pupils, the study notes that many of the charter schools created over the last dozen years are among the least diverse of all, with less than 1 percent white enrollment at 73 percent of charter schools.

“To create a whole new system that’s even worse than what you’ve got really takes some effort,” said Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project and an author of the report.

More at the link. But there are two more paragraphs, further down, that just have to be cited:

“In the 30 years I have been researching schools, New York state has consistently been one of the most segregated states in the nation – no Southern state comes close to New York,” Orfield said.

Other states with highly segregated schools include Illinois, Michigan and California, according to the Civil Rights Project.

What? You mean that the blue states, the ones which voted, and voted pretty heavily, for Barack Obama, are the ones with the most segregated public schools? They’re liberals, don’t you know, so how can this be?

Well, I can’t say that I am surprised in the slightest. I grew up in Kentucky, and the public school system in Mt Sterling was officially segregated when I started there.1 In the summer between my fifth and sixth grade years, DuBois, the black school, mysteriously burned to the ground, and all of the black students had to be included in the previously all white school. There was only one school, so there was no forced busing for integration to fray people’s tempers. This pattern was not at all uncommon in small towns in the South.2

In contrast, there was Wilmington, Delaware, in one of those liberal blue states, in which the good white folks practically destroyed the public schools in reaction to a federal judge ordering county-wide integration in New Castle County. As a result, when we moved there in 2000, Delaware had the highest rate of private school attendance in the nation, led by New Castle County. It was an unwritten rule: if you could possibly afford to send your kids to private school, you did.

And New Castle County was the most segregated place I have ever seen. The city of Wilmington was heavily black and Hispanic, while the outlying suburbs were mostly white. Hockessin, where I lived, had almost no black families, though it did have a substantial Asian population.3

Let me be blunt here: the reason that the schools are so segregated in those oh-so-blue states is because all of those oh-so-liberal white people still don’t want to live next door to black or Hispanic families. They might have voted for Barack Obama, and they might have heavily Democratic political representation, but they still want their black folks to live a few blocks away, thank you very much.
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  1. In the middle of the third grade. I went through kindergarten the first and second grades in Antioch, California, and started the third grade in Portland, Maine.
  2. There was a plan in place, before the fire, to integrate specific grades at a time, in response to what the law required, rather than the all-at-once integration which occurred. I don’t know what the adults were thinking about integration at the time, since I was still just 11 years old, but once integration actually happened, it was uneventful enough that I don’t remember anything about it at all.
  3. We lived next door to a fairly large Korean Christian Church.

The American left are pro-choice on exactly one thing

Via Donald Douglas, I saw this gem concerning Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA):

Boxer: Why doesn’t Hobby Lobby oppose Viagra?
posted at 12:41 pm on March 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Behold one of the most chronically misinformed members of the US Senate surprising utterly no one with the extent of her insight into the Hobby Lobby case.  Barbara Boxer appeared on MSNBC this morning to declare her support for the HHS contraception mandate, claiming at one point that it protects the religious freedom of employees. As Twitchy captured in this segment, Boxer then goes on to challenge Hobby Lobby’s owners for hypocrisy for not opposing insurance coverage of Viagra for men … which even flummoxes Boxer’s MSNBC interviewer:

First and foremost, Viagra (and other erectile-dysfunction drugs and treatments) aren’t widely covered by insurance. That’s one reason why a large online market for inexpensive purchases of the drugs exist. Second, as anyone who gives a moment’s thought about the subject would realize, such drugs would be appropriate to help empower natural procreation, which isn’t against anyone’s religion, last I checked. Lastly, and this is a more minor point, Boxer ignorantly invokes the Catholicism of the plaintiffs in this court hearing, when none of them are actually Catholic.

The religious objection is to contraception and sterilization, and in the Hobby Lobby case, it’s narrowed to a specific kind of contraception — abortifacients. Boxer blithely dismisses the distinction and blathers about the employer taking away the woman’s right to choose her form of contraception — which is nonsense. Just because an employer refuses to subsidize that choice does not mean they are forbidding it or blocking access to it. It’s the same kind of “war on women” double-talk that assumes that employers have total control over the private choices of their employees, when the existence of an independent salary demonstrates the exact opposite. No one gets paid in company scrip any longer, and haven’t for a century or so.

It’s utter drivel, and its source is unsurprising, to say the least.

More at the link.

There are two very important facts which the left are trying to hide here:

  1. If the Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby, it would mean that employers would not have to provide health insurance which covered contraception, but employers still could include such coverage if they wished. Some employers might conclude that including contraceptive coverage was a wise idea, in that it might reduce pregnancies among its workers and their families, thus leading to less time off taken by those employees.
  2. If the Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby, it would not make contraception unavailable; it would simply mean that employers would not have to provide no-copayment contraception coverage as part of their health insurance plans. As we noted here, even Planned Parenthood has said that birth control pills will run between $15 and $50 a month. Contraception is inexpensive and widely available in this country, and that would not change.

Senator Boxer, as you might expect, didn’t have the first clue that the Obama Administration regulations concerning health insurance don’t require health insurance plans to cover Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, and thus the comparison was worthless. Companies could choose to have their health insurance plans structured to include those medications, just like they could choose, if Hobby Lobby wins, to cover contraceptives, and that’s just fine with me: such is an exercise in liberty. But, of course, the American left are pro-choice on exactly one thing.

No, no, no, no, no!

From the Times of Israel:

Pollard-for-prisoners deal said offered by US to save peace talks
No confirmation of Army Radio report that Kerry, on emergency visit to the region, willing to free Israeli spy in order to salvage negotiations
By Times of Israel staff and AFP March 26, 2014, 11:32 am

Israelis demonstrate at the Western Wall for the release of Jonathan Pollard in 2005. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90) (Click to enlarge)

The United States has proposed freeing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in a trade-off deal in which Israel would agree to proceed with the next round of prisoner releases, including Israeli Arab prisoners, and the Palestinian Authority would agreed to extend the current peace talks, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday.

It said the offer had been conveyed to Israel and the PA, but there was no official confirmation. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quoted telling journalists accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry to a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday morning that there were currently no plans to release Pollard, who is serving a life sentence.

In exchange for Pollard, Israel would agree to release 26 prisoners, among them around 20 Arab Israelis, and the Palestinians would agree to continue talks until the end of 2014, according to Army Radio.

Kerry reportedly made the offer after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear his intentions to forego the final stage of a prisoner release, previously agreed to as a bargaining chip for starting peace talks this past July, unless Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to extend the talks past the upcoming April deadline.

More at the link.

I know that Israel has long sought the release of its spy, Jonathan Pollard, and I know that Israel is an ally, but Mr Pollard is an American citizen who betrayed his country. He pleaded guilty in 1987, was sentenced to spend the rest of his miserable life in prison, and that’s exactly what his fate should be.

The Times report said that he is due to be paroled next year, but that should not happen. Mr Pollard, who has been in prison for 28½ years, is not in the best of health, but I still don’t care: he should die in prison, after which point his remains should be thrown in the garbage. There should be no mercy, no mercy at all, for a man who would betray his country.

Apparently, I shall be offensive!

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain retweeted:

 

Which leads to this story from The New York Times:

The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word
For Manys Gays and Lesbians, the Term ‘Homosexual’ is Flinch-Worthy
By JEREMY W. PETERS | FASHION & STYLE|CULTURAL STUDIES | MARCH 21, 2014

These days, this sign, wielded in New York in 1971, might very well be lettered differently. (Credit: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images; click to enlarge.)

To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual.But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.

“ ‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture.

Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates.

Some gay rights advocates have declared the term off limits. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or Glaad, has put “homosexual” on its list of offensive terms and in 2006 persuaded The Associated Press, whose stylebook is the widely used by many news organizations, to restrict use of the word.

More at the link.

The notion that the word “homosexual” has the ring of “colored” would be an inaccurate. Being a more clinical term, a better comparison word would be Negro, not colored. However, I won’t debate that, since the homosexual activists would never even examine that point rationally; they would only yell and scream about what they feel is right.

However, in the Official Stylebook of The First Street Journal, the proper word “homosexual”1 is always to be used; the word “gay,” which appropriately means “having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music. Synonyms: cheerful, gleeful, happy, glad, cheery, lighthearted, joyous, joyful, jovial; sunny, lively, vivacious, sparkling; chipper, playful, jaunty, sprightly, blithe,” the definition it had for many, many years before the homosexual activists managed to get hold of it, is the only acceptable definition for the word gay in our stylebook. At The First Street Journal, we do not misuse the language!

The homosexual left are, as you would guess, trying to manipulate the debate by manipulating the language; intelligent conservatives will not allow this to happen. “Gay” might be an all-too-convenient shorthand for the five syllables and ten letters of “homosexual,” but it conveys the implication that being homosexual is all of those things that the real definition of gay means, and that is certainly not the case. Homosexuals go through rather a lot of abuse growing up, as normal people taunt them and see them as disordered. The Catechism of the Catholic Church gets it about as right as I have ever seen it put:

  • §2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
  • §2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
  • §2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

To allow the homosexual activists attempt to seize control of the language, to slant debate in their direction, is not acceptable. The Times article continues, to give a brief history of how the word “gay” was co-opted, and how it is in more general misuse today, but we ought not to give in to that misuse.
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  1. The term “lesbian” is appropriate and within the stylebook norms, because it is a clinical term referring to female homosexuals. The term “same-sex” may be substituted for prosaic reasons.