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December 08, 2006

Mary Cheney Pregnancy

From the WaPo via Danny (pbuh):

Acceptance won't come immediately, of course, and certainly not from all quarters. The folks who have fits about "Heather Has Two Mommies" are beside themselves over "Heather Is One of Two Mommies." Especially because the other mommy is -- as Mary Cheney is inevitably described -- The Vice President's Openly Gay Daughter.

"Unconscionable," said Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America. "Her action repudiates traditional values and sets an appalling example for young people at a time when father absence is the most pressing social problem facing the nation," Crouse wrote on the TownHall.com blog. "Her child will have all the material advantages it will need, but it will still encounter the emotional devastation common to children without fathers."

"I think it's tragic that a child has been conceived with the express purpose of denying it a father," pronounced Robert Knight of the Media Research Center. The couple, he said is seeking to "create a culture that is based on sexual anarchy instead of marriage and family values."

Yes, I know I'm regarded as of the right and that this means being part of that difficult alliance between proper classical liberals and social conservatives.  But comments like that remind me that there are some right shits in that alliance. Sorry folks, but two adults doing as they wish with their gonads and gametes is to be celebrated, not castigated. Called freedom and we want more of it, not less.

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Tracked on Dec 9, 2006 2:11:07 AM


Why does the fact that you believe in the importance of freedom, as I do, mean that you celebrate every free act? You're free to throw yourself off a bridge if you want to, but is this something to be celebrated?

Can we never even criticize a free act for its bad consequences? I don't see that libertariansim requires anything like that.

Tim adds: True, but Mary Cheney's not being criticised for that, is she? She's being criticised because her choice does not accord with hte religious prejudices of the speaker.

Posted by: Blithering Bunny | Dec 8, 2006 11:48:27 AM

The Media Research Center is a bunch of vile bluenoses, with Brent Bozell as perhaps the most egregious.

Posted by: David Gillies | Dec 8, 2006 4:24:36 PM

Trackback apparently didn't work so here's a manual one - http://www.di2.nu/200612/08a.htm

"It seems that a variety of prurient lefties and busy body righties (feel free to swap descriptive adjectives as you wish) are working themselves into a lather over the fact that Mary Cheney (daughter of VP Cheney) is pregnant while unmarried and, possibly worse, living in a long term lesbian relationship. As with Tim Worstall, this is the sort of area where my general sympathy with the christian conservative part of the US political spectrm goes out of the window,..."

Posted by: Francis | Dec 8, 2006 6:02:24 PM

Yet another thing we agree on.

Posted by: Auntymarianne | Dec 8, 2006 7:23:23 PM

According to Robert Winston, there's a lot of research indicating that children brought up without fathers fail to develop empathy properly. I'm all for individuals doing as they please as long as they don't harm others. Creating humans with no empathy strikes me as potentially harmful to large numbers of people.

Is that a religious prejudice?

Posted by: Squander Two | Dec 9, 2006 2:04:27 AM