I'm not a fan of social media but I do take partake. I'm interested in seeing how people feel about issues.
I notice a lot of our young people seem to be parroting what they hear from their teachers. In 2014, 60 percent of professors identified as "liberal" or "far left," according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, as reported by The Washington Post's "Wonkblog."
This post raised my eyebrow: "My brother loves this show called ‘The Loud House' and there is an episode where the main characters friend has two dads. It makes me so happy. Also what's great is my brother didn't even really notice that it wasn't ‘normal.'"
This young lady's friend posted: "That is really great ... all people should see others thru a child's eye ... hatred is learned behavior."
Whoa, wait right there. Hatred?
If one isn't eager to embrace a homosexual couple being married, let alone raising a child, is that really hatred? Do we need to go back to Merriam-Webster for the definition of hate: "Intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury."
Perhaps this young lady hasn't considered that it isn't necessarily hate but a different set of values because she hasn't been around long enough to know what traditional values were. It's easier to call it "hate" rather contemplate how a male and female parent contribute different aspects to a child's life. You can love somebody and not approve of their lifestyle. I can imagine that there are a lot of people in prison whose parents love them but did not approve of the lifestyle that landed them there. I'm not comparing the gay lifestyle and lifestyles that lead to prison, only making the point that love does not necessarily mean one has to be accepting of a lifestyle.
It's simply not accurate to say that anyone who believes that a child is better raised by a man and a woman necessarily hates gay people.
But back to the comment, "Also what's great is my brother didn't even really notice that it wasn't ‘normal.'"
She's right in saying it's not normal. If you go by statistics, heterosexual couples are "normal." More than 16,000 same-sex couples are raising an estimated 22,000 adopted children in the United States. There are 73.9 million children living in the United States.
I'm not surprised that a young boy today wouldn't bat an eye at seeing two daddies raising a child. That's the world we live in today. The preaching has been tolerance, tolerance, tolerance, except for those of faith who aren't rushing to embracing the redefinition of gender and of marriage.
Typically it's the people on the left who redefine terms to engineer a society the way they would have it. For example, the left is in favor of amnesty for those who broke U.S. immigration law and they have softened the term "illegal alien" with "undocumented worker." They conveniently drop "illegal" when suggesting conservatives have an issue with illegal immigration.
The left also tends to come up with explanations rather than explain the obvious. Take the matter of 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick for example. I don't watch football but I know that Colin is from Turlock and that he went to the Superbowl but didn't win. Never a fan, I've found him cocky. Nor was it dignified for him to pose nude on a beach. Of course he recently stirred controversy when he refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem at an NFL game out of protest about our nation. When asked why, he said: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
Not only is he wrong - the country no longer oppresses black people - he slams police officers who generally do an exceptional job in deciding when to shoot and when not to shoot suspects. Hook, line and sinker he has bought into the leftist mantra that every cop killing of a black is racially inspired.
Rather than accept that Kaepernick pissed off the patriots of our country, some have tried to pull the race card. They suggest that the people who disapprove of Kaepernick's actions are doing so because he is part black. It's total news to me that he was born to a white woman and a black father. So I'm proof that race has nothing to do with how most feel about his actions. I don't agree with his views of our country nor do I approve of the way he uses the NFL for his political platform. If he wants to get into politics, he should quit the team and run for office.
Hillary Clinton is another who likes to fling out terms to explain the obvious. In a reprehensible way, Clinton raised brows when she condemned a vast number of Americans who are fed up with an overreaching federal government this way: "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables'. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic - you name it."
It's one thing to go after a candidate, and quite another to lambast supporters, in this case, half of Trump's supporters, or roughly a quarter of the U.S. population.
We live in bizarre times. Spin is rampant. Lies are being sold as truths. Unless you're grounded in your beliefs, you'll fall for half of what you hear.
Long ago, in the ancient book, it was written that there would be a day in which good would be called evil and evil would be called good. It's happened in my lifetime and I can't say I like it.
How do you feel? Let Jeff know by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.