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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Family Council: Onward to the Middle Ages!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 10:04 PM

I got my monthly newsletter from the happy folks at the Family Council (sometimes referred to as the Arkansas Family Council), trumpeting their success on the passage of Act One, the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act. A joyful sound emanates from the words of Family Council president,  Jerry Cox:

Now, Arkansas foster and adoptive children will be in safer homes. In addition, we have stopped gay activists from using our adoptive or foster children to advance their political or social agenda. On Election day, Arkansas joined California, Florida, and Arizona, who passed marriage amendments, that drove back the gay agenda. But Arkansas has moved ahead by joining Utah in reestablishing the nation’s most effective law banning gay adoption and foster care. From this victory, we must move forward.

Yeah, cuz you know, gay people don’t actually love kids. They’re just tools to advance a social agenda.

But wait! There’s more! Jerry assures us that gay activists in such places as Fayetteville and Little Rock have vowed to repeal Act One, to say nothing of the dreaded ACLU.

Not only that,  but the newly energized Family Council wants all the bigots who voted for Act One to know that even more dangers loom on the horizon for the decent and of pure of heart. There’s those partial birth abortions, the threat of casinos in Arkansas, and - gird your loins - Jerry feels that gay activists may try to push that awful “hate crimes” legislation through the Arkansas state legislature.

And then, of course, there is the dreaded Equal Rights Amendment. I’ll bet folks at the Family Council have been slipping the ERA into Grimm’s Fairy Tales for years, terrifying thousands of kids every night.

And then there is the nosy Department of Human Services, which is always rewriting child abuse laws. Or, in Jerry’s panicked prose:

 . . . we must be certain that parents don’t lose the right to spank their children.

The Family Council has also taken a stand on free-market capitalism - they like it, and so should you. Standing against the “Obama agenda” is also something that they’d like us all to do.

So yeah, heathen, health care is a Christian issue. So basically, keep things the way they are.

The Dark Ages are beckoning, even as we speak . . .

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Arkansas Gay History

Those interested in gay history in Arkansas might be fascinated by this excellent website:

www.arkansasgayhistory.blogspot.com/

All manner of fine writing can be found there. I've contributed a few pieces from the Ozark Gazette, dealing with Fayetteville’s attempt at a Human Dignity Resolution, and our sad history of gay bashings. But there are lots better writers than me on the site - check them out.

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Quote of the Day

He who plants a tree plants hope. - Lucy Larcom

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Forget the stupid sheep; this is what I want to see cloned

I’m sure everyone has a favorite creature from the past they’d like to see resurrected. Actually, I’d kind of like to see a sabre-toothed tiger, as well. Is that too much to ask? I think maybe Primeval has spoiled me for real life.

Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million
By NICHOLAS WADE
Published: November 19, 2008

Scientists are talking for the first time about the old idea of resurrecting extinct species as if this staple of science fiction is a realistic possibility, saying that a living mammoth could perhaps be regenerated for as little as $10 million.

The same technology could be applied to any other extinct species from which one can obtain hair, horn, hooves, fur or feathers, and which went extinct within the last 60,000 years, the effective age limit for DNA.

Though the stuffed animals in natural history museums are not likely to burst into life again, these old collections are full of items that may contain ancient DNA that can be decoded by the new generation of DNA sequencing machines

To read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/science/20mammoth.html?hp

rsdrake@nwark.com


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