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Monday, September 1, 2008

Bristol Palin's pregnancy

First, let me make this absolutely and abundantly clear. This is an issue for the Palin family, and it's no one else's business. We're happy for Bristol and her soon-to-be husband, and we're proud of the fact that they're accepting responsibility for their actions. They don't think they're being punished, unlike the statements from a certain senator running for president might claim, and at McCain's website their official statement shows that they welcome this new addition to their family and the addition of a son-in-law. As Michelle Malkin wrote, she chose life, now leave her alone.

But there are a few who are raising eyebrows, and claiming this won't sit well with social conservatives and Christian conservatives. Let's just quash that notion right now.

From Dr. James Dobson:

"In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

"Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I've been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I'm sure the Palins have.

"The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a 'hypocrite,' but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans."

From Dr. Richard Lane, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission:

"This is the pro-life choice. The fact that people will criticize her for this shows the astounding extent to which the secular critics of the pro-life movement just don't get it. Those who criticize the Palin family don't understand that we don't see babies as a punishment but as a blessing. Barack Obama said that if one of his daughters made a mistake and got pregnant out of wedlock he wouldn't want her to be punished with a child. Pro lifers don't see a child as punishment."

From Tony Perkins:

"Unfortunately, teenage pregnancy has become all too common in today's society regardless of a family's economic or social status. It is problem that we remain committed to reducing through encouraging young people to practice abstinence," Perkins said.

"Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father's example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation. We are committed to praying for Bristol and her husband to be and the entire Palin family as they walk through a very private matter in the eyes of the public," Perkins added.

Three Christian conservative leaders, and none of them are condemning the pregnancy, nor are they calling the Palin family hypocrites. These things happen. But is this going to affect how the base views Governor Palin, or her family? No, it won't. We're pretty sure that Dr. Dobson is correct, and there are millions of people out there praying that Bristol's baby is born healthy. This doesn't change a damn thing in this race. For the Left to jump on this is idiotic, considering the statements made by their own candidate with regards to pregnancy. To even think of attacking the family on this issue is only going to bring the moonbats grief.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of non-scandals (like getting pregnant is any sort of a scandal to begin with), CNN is in full-throated dudgeon over the fact that Todd Palin was arrested for DUI:

Sources close to Sarah Palin tell The Brody File that the husband of the GOP Vice-presidential choice, Todd Palin, was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence of alcohol back in 1986. He was 22 years old at the time. He was driving in a truck with some friends in the small southwestern Alaska town of Dillingham when he was pulled over for the DUI. As is customary, he was taken to jail briefly. Sarah and Todd Palin were high school sweethearts so they were dating at the time. The Brody File can also report that there was no accident or injuries.

Sources close to Sarah Palin also tell The Brody File that Todd Palin has been “forthcoming about the situation and has indicated that it was a lesson learned from when he was younger.”

We are sure that this statement was made to blunt anything the Left might try to gin up in this election. But come on, it was back in 1986, and he has had no further incidents. I think it's safe to say that the statement is correct, and he has learned his lesson. This is sort of like the pregnancy issue. It happens. At least he knew what he did was wrong. We're not excusing it, but he paid the price for his youthful indiscretion. Case closed. Drop it already, moonbats. Again, you will get no traction out of these non-scandals. The only thing you nutters are doing is showing the world how utterly foolish you really are.

Publius II


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