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We owe more than respect to our troops!

I've seen a lot of postings about how we owe respect and gratitude to our troops and our law enforcement officers. It seems to me we owe them, and our progeny, a lot more than that.

The true nature of the conflict over sexual mores and civil order.


When it comes to society's claimed consensus regarding homosexuality and homosexual relations, there is a moral issue and a sacramental one. The moral issue is about unchaste sexual behavior. The sacramental issue is about the meaning of marriage. One can abhor the former without abusing or refusing to have civil contact with those who choose to indulge in it. There is no inherent moral or civil conflict in that.

Indeed, what difference does it make?


Former Secretary Clinton notoriously asked "What difference at this point does it make?" regarding the motivation of the terrorists who attacked the American embassy in Benghazi. Laying aside the issue of why motivation is, generally speaking, important, we can ask ourselves whether our system has shifted so far out of balance that the question of what has motivated our politicians to make destructive choices for so long may soon become irrelevant.

The President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

The President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast (see the transcript) has been badly characterized in the media. Nowhere, for example, will you find the ringing phrase "violence rooted in religion". Even though the President did see fit to remind us that "during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ" his sin may have been rather a matter of omission than commission.

Real vs. Phony


If you've been paying attention to the President's forays into the political arena, you are aware that he is dismissing the growing list of scandals as "distractions" and "phony." I leave it to you to determine whether or not this approach will benefit either him or his party (or, for that matter, the country) in the end.


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