President Obama came out yesterday stating that he supports same-sex marriage, or as Bristol Palin put it in her blog, President Obama came out of the closet for gay marriage.
Yesterday the President explained that his young daughters, Malia and Sasha, helped influence his position on same-sex equality. While many praised his stance, Sarah Palin's eldest daughter doesn't find Obama's decision that heroic.
So let me get this straight, Bristol Palin states in her blog on Patheos.com. It's a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it's a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?
According to Bristol, Dad's simply need to be dad's, although it's not exactly clear what this statement really means. She writes, Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview. Palin's views on fatherhood are very interesting considering her history with Levi Johnston, her son Tripp's baby daddy. But let's not dive into the on-and-off relationship of the teen parents or the reports that she denies Johnston the chance to visit their son.
Without using any statistics to back up her statement, Bristol writes that we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Tripp seems to be growing up in a mother-only home. But how about children growing up in a loving home? Headlines in newspapers everyday read about violence and sometimes death inflicted upon children by their very own heterosexual parents. Is it more important for children to grow up with a mother and father? Or is it more important for them to grow up in a loving and safe, far from violence, hatred or intolerance?
According to Michael Lamb, the head of Cambridge's Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Studies have found children do not require both a male and female parent. Lamb argued during a Prop 8 trial that the relationships parents have with each other and with their children is what determines the child's adjustment.
And if Bristol Palin is worried about gay couples with children breeding more homosexuals, she has nothing to fear. Lamb states that studies show no significant increase in children who become gay and lesbian whether they are raised from homosexual or heterosexual parents.
Although the whole blog is offensive, one of the more outrageous lines is I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren't younger, or perhaps today's press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as General Attorney because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox.
It's absolutely amazing that Bristol Palin thinks of the President as that childish, when in fact we should really be commending him for talking about such an important issue like gay marriage with his children. It's parents that don't discuss these sorts of topics with their children that spawn hateful and intolerant people.
Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right way of thinking, Bristol Palin continues. In this case, it would've been nice if the President would've been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of 'Glee.'
Did Bristol Palin's dad lead her to getting knocked up in high school? I completely agree that dad's are meant to lead their family to the right way of thinking, which is why I fully support gay marriage. I grew up in a loving home with a mother and father who taught me not be hateful or intolerant towards those that are different from me. Seeing how much they love me and my sisters, I would want someone, no matter heterosexual, homosexual, or an a-sexual alien species, to be able to share that happiness.
A leader may be a person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country, as Dictionary.com defines it, but true leadership stems from listening to others, and respecting the people who you are supposed to be leading.
As for the Glee remark, let's just think what Bristol Palin might be like if she hadn't watched one too many episodes of MTV's 16 and Pregnant.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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