Tripp and Bristol Palin
Per capita, there are more violent heterosexuals than homosexuals.
Personally, I am more concerned with people's use of weapons (including words) than their bed behaviors.
If Tripp is getting a "Christian" upbringing, it is not the Christianity I believe in.
The longer I live, the more I'm convinced that mere "proclamation" of "Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!" is dubious qualification. (Fifty years ago, Thomas Merton observed that a "roman collar" was an superb disguise for scoundrels.)
As for "stern discipline" in Evangelical and fundamentalist families, notice that none of the putative "grown ups" in the Palin family bother to correct Trigg's potty mouth.
They have bred a hateful little bigot and don't even see it.
Homophobia has been so normalized that for many Americans -- especially those who cling to guns and bad religion -- it does not show on radar.
Over time "Righteous Christians" have propagated disparagement of gays and, by God, they're getting their comeuppance now.
These nominal "Christians" may not care about justice, but fortunately secular society does.
The situation recalls "the secular press" "breaking the story" on priestly pederasty while "the church" (in its infinite wisdom) deliberately recycled these predators to unsuspecting flocks. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/philly-monsignor-awaits-sentencing-in-priest-sex-crimes-cover-up-faces-3-12-to-7-years/2012/07/24/gJQA7Bdv5W_story.html (Did you read anything about this in NC Catholic?)
And where was "The Catholic Press" during those hundred years when "everyone" knew about priestly predation but spoke not a word.
The Ethos Of The Time: "If you can't say something nice about the priests who are f_______ our children in the a__, then don't say anything at all..."
Many "Christians" will take greater umbrage at this honest appraisal than the pederasty itself!
Other "Christians" (like Bill Donohue of The Catholic League) implicitly defend these predators.
It is "late in the day" for "traditional" Christianity -- beset by unworkable sex/gender agendas -- to seize the "high moral ground." (But, by God, they'll do their best to whack the nation's nuns! http://www.npr.org/2012/07/28/157441054/fresh-air-weekend-bishop-blair-sister-farrell)
Have you read about the recent Vatican bank scandal?
Not the scandal of "the butler's theft," but the scandal of Vatican "banking practices" and the ugly, hierarchical infighting they occasioned. http://www.
spiegel.de/international/ europe/a-growing-vatican-bank- scandal-threatens-catholic- church-image-a-842140.html
Do you remember Il Banco Ambrosiano?
What goes around comes around.
Pax on both houses,
PS Not long ago, mainstream Christianity would have reacted to Bristol's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by making her wear a scarlet "A." Back then, "The Good Christians" would have felt righteous calling Tripp a "bastard." The official sanction of bigotry and cruelty has a long history. The Apocalypse -- which is to say "The Revelation" -- is upon us. Increasingly, gays and lesbians are treated as fully equal humans and now the church, formerly in possession of every trump card, will have to decide how long it will "preach slavery from the pulpit." http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2013/02/slavery-preached-from-pulpit.html