Tuesday, May 26, 2015

American Observer on the Marriage Referendum in Ireland

I do not hold any Irish ancestry, but being in Massachusetts lots of people are from Irish ancestry. I will openly admit my own cultural bias, American Irish culture annoyed me and still does.

Ancestral pride is one thing, but the whole 'luck of the Irish', corn beef & cabbage, and everything green every March 17th felt plan foolish every year.

The Saint Patrick's Day Parade isn't even run by the Irish or Catholics in Boston.

The Saint Patrick's Day parade in Ireland has been organized for tourists since the 70s and then a festival starting in the 90s.

My apologies to quote Wikipedia, but

"Christian leaders in Ireland have expressed concern about the secularisation of St Patrick's Day. In The Word magazine's March 2007 issue, Fr. Vincent Twomey wrote, "It is time to reclaim St Patrick's Day as a church festival." He questioned the need for "mindless alcohol-fuelled revelry" and concluded that "it is time to bring the piety and the fun together."

On Saint Patrick's Day my children are allowed to wear green, instead of their school uniform. Every year I ask, "Did you learn anything about Saint Patrick?" Sometimes the do!

In America, most people don't even know Saint Patrick wasn't even Irish or that he is more associated with the color blue.  He's the patron saint of engineers, but engineers never seem to march in any of these events.  

Like here in America, marriage was in rough shape. In Massachusetts, because sperm/egg donation/surrogacy was legal, and biology removed that allowed the court to move in favor of a defining marriage as any two people. Individuals with money could afford these third party reproduction practices, costing upwards tens of thousands of dollars.

Biology was no longer a factor, no need to even deal with terminating the rights of birth parents. Just bypass everything and take the raw human body parts, to make a baby by means of contract.  Even after Massachusetts made it's decision, nearby New York disagreed. 

The most illogical part of all of this, in Massachusetts has made it a point that fathers are equally important to mothers. We have judges and policy makers that encourage fatherhood engagement, we even had President Obama recently speak about the 'price' he had to pay because his father was not in his life. That his daughters are better off with him in their lives. 

But I can't say that the marriage between the President and his wife  brings the whole family together. I can't say a child being raised by two women or two men, or even a heterosexual couple who used third reproduction is wrong. 

I can get away with saying that if a child can not be raised by their biological parents, they should be raised by relatives. That doesn't seem to bother anyone. 

From Kids Count why kinship matters...

If a child is created by means of the conjugal act, the child has rights. 

If a child is created with assisted production, it loses his/her rights in favor of adults. 

The No campaign in Ireland did their best, and I hope they have no regrets. In terms of history, a lost can be most inspiring for future generations. 

There is a reason why people say, "Remember the Alamo"

Monday, May 18, 2015

7QT Watching an Awards Show with your Teenager

More Quick Takes at This Isn't The Lyceum

1. I allowed my oldest to watch the first 90 minutes BillBoard Music Awards. She wasn't impressed. Aging rock & roll band from the 80s. Bad jokes and sexual innuendo. Lots of advertising for products for Samsung and Las Vegas tourism. Awkward moment when One Direction missing one of their members. I was in and out of the room watching it with her.

2. Hozier gives my daughter the creeps.  

You know that "Take Me to Church" guy I couldn't figure out the lyrics when it was constantly played on the radio.

The problem is that Hozier knows better. Why should I make this assumption? He attended Catholic School in Ireland. But then maybe not, because it was an expensive elite school. 

"St. Gerard's is considered one of Ireland's most prestigious and expensive fee-paying second-level institutions and many of it current students and alumni are members of Ireland's wealthiest families. Famous parents of past pupils include:Chris de BurghPhil Coulter and Colin Montgomerie. The school has also been responsible for educating members of the Spanish Royal Family"

Very sad the founder of the school was a Catholic convert.

3. Hozier is contracted with the largest recording label in the world. 

That is Universal Music Group. It is a conglomerate that gets passed around/merged by the 1%. I can't even keep track of who owns it according to Wikipedia.

Apparently the "Take Me the Church" song is about sex outside of the conjugal act, specifically homosexual acts..

Hozier goes on and on about how sex is natural, but then shouldn't he be writing a song about Natural Family Planning then?

4. For the record. Sexual orientation isn't a sin in the Church. Being gay isn't a sin,

Do I have to repeat that?

The Church doesn't dwell on homosexual acts in its teaching.  It does acknowledge that sexual acts that are closed to the openess to life are contrary to natural law. That includes both hetrero and homosexual acts.

 Read the Catechism. It's the secular world that is obsessed.

5. I'm done with the 'cut out' style of dress. This was the 'safest' one I could show you.

6. Norse style same-sex weddings are now popular, yet Norse pagan culture didn't accept homosexualty....

7. Instapundit had a discussion over the retracted study that speaking with someone who is gay can change your view on marriage within minutes...


"After seeing what happened to Brendan Eich, Orson Scott Card and the owner of El Coyote in Los Angeles, the only question I have for anybody standing on my porch or on the phone polling me about Gay Marriage is What do you want me to say to make you go away?
Why would I tell the truth to somebody who makes a habit of ruining peoples lives if they disagree with him?"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fake vs. Real Catholic Families

I guess there is a buzz for Dan Savage, I wrote about him a while ago being a puppet for the 1%. I creates imagery to appease them and their anti-Catholic views. I don't want to focus on a comedy. I want to focus on our reality as Catholics.

A part of me wants to invite people to our home.

Simcha Fisher did just that.

What's It Like to Live in a Family of 12?

The average American family has fewer than two children. To some, any more than two seems extreme. But with 10 kids the Fisher family has found there’s always enough love to go around.

Go ahead read the link. 

7QT I flipped a table over marriage

More Quick Takes on This Aint The Lyceum

1. I snapped openly on Facebook.

I can't embed the video on Obama and Fathers. But here is the link. 

2. The question isn't that two people of the same sex can raise a child just as well as a biological mother and father, the question is what happened to the biological mother and father why are they not loving their child. If anyone wants to challenge that assertion that it doesn't matter, read this.  Raised by two moms, who divorced, Learned sperm donor was her uncle, but her uncle (father) refuses to even acknowledge her as his daughter, who meanwhile dotes over his 'real' daughters that he has with his wife but not with his sister's former lesbian partner. 

"My mother is my aunt, and my father is my uncle"

3. Cliff from the Right Side of Lowell acknowledged my anger....

"Renee--I am giving you a one decimal five on the John Mitchell Scale of political outrage and expression for that last comment."

4. My Response

"I'm so politically outraged, I gently put this table on its side."

5. I'm tired. Burnt out. It's not like I'm on social media all day. I actually care about how the family in my own community, as mentioned in the first quick take. That gives me joy. But I go online I just see the crap. The crap that goes viral. I try not get too upset with those who share it, because my frustration is with those who create the images/material. The thing is that many of these images aren't as much being pro-gay or pro-gay marriage, these images are more about misdirection flat out lying about Christian beliefs. 

6. I once mentioned on Facebook, that my child can easily access Harvard Medical School journals for her science project, yet we get most of our information from Internet Memes. How many times has there be a satirical piece, that gets passed around of truth? Anyone at any time can quickly Google what was really said or get a full context of scripture, and how many of our friends just scroll and share, scroll and share, repeat. 

7. In the strangest of ways, I was ReTweeted by a marriage equality group....

Consumer ads with logo get many RTs, actual concerns not so much.

This was that tweet.... no one else ReTweeted it despite that large exposure of 30k followers of Equality Rising.

Sharing an image of a rainbow oreo cookie is easy, actually caring about an issue whether it be the family or LGBT concerns isn't. Notice how many of marriage equality is tied to corporate America of the 1%?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting for the next landmine, as a I call out on the bullshit.

Earlier this morning on Facebook.

I remember the progressive view of marriage was this.

I call bullshit. Not out on gay people. Nope. I call bullshit on those who berate marriage defenders. I call bullshit on lobbyists, celebrities, and the 1%. I struggle with calling bullshit in those who consistently share, post, and rant for gay marriage on social media. There's different reasons. But I do call bullshit on the PR groups that create them.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

You will be judged solely on your views on marriage on everything

Local discussion on who will be the new Chancellor of UMass Lowell. A potential candidate rumored for the job never supported gay marriage while he held local office.  Can anyone who didn't evolve on marriage be anything? Usually I keep my loved ones out of my blog/political discussions, but saner minds need to speak up. Disagreement isnt hate or unjust discrimination.

Edited to add this...