Letter to an Aging Conservative: Love, Death and Dinesh D’Souza

When the news broke that Dinesh D’Souza, the mastermind behind the hit movie “Obama: 2016”, would step down from the presidency of King’s College because he engaged himself to a young woman before legally filing for divorce from his wife of 20 years, I was more sad than angry.

I would not be writing to you about any of this except for the peculiar defense that Dinesh himself made of his own actions, and the light it sheds on the state of all our marriage vows, especially within Christian communities.

A little background:

Dinesh D’Souza graduated from Dartmouth the year after I graduated from Yale. I never knew him well, but all of us Yale conservatives were cheered by the upstart founders of the Dartmouth Review, who as a group have gone on to great prominence.

No media star flew higher than Dinesh’s (unless maybe it was his fellow Dartmouth Review alum Laura Ingraham).

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2nd Circuit Strikes Down DOMA

Just in:

New York appeals court strikes down DOMA

New York (CNN) — A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday became the nation’s second to deem the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

The divisive Clinton-era law was passed in 1996 and bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and says states cannot be forced to recognize such marriages from other states.

The court determined that the federal law violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause. A federal appeals court in Boston made a similar ruling in May, but the moves are considered largely symbolic as the issue is expected to be eventually decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In February, the Obama administration ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the law.

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The Language of Stigma

This week I gave a talk at Morgan State University on gay marriage.

At the end of our panel, Kieffer Mitchell, a Maryland state legislator who voted for gay marriage, said he was grateful for the civility of the panel, that he knew good people who were on both sides of the issue, even people in his own family.

That’s one America. That’s the America both he and I want to live in.

But after the debate was over, an audience member was not satisfied with that ending. She stood up and pronounced an anathema on me.

A gay reporter who identified the woman as the Rev. Meredith Moise, co-chair of Baltimore Black Pride, caught her rebuke this way:

“As a student, a former student and alumni of this beloved university, having said this to this man (Mitchell), whose family shed blood and died for the rights of all people is anathema. And shame on you,” she said. “And for you to support it and propagate hate in the black community. Shame on you. No human being has the right to divide people of African blood on this issue. We will remain one people.”

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End of Men

Have we reached the end of men?

Hanna Rosin in her new book by that title wants both the right and the left to let go of the myth of female powerless.

To my surprise it’s a book very worth reading (you can buy it here).

To the right Rosin says surrender chivalry, let go your obsession with how the sexual revolution hurts women, and admit that there are no natural roles for men and women.

To the left she says: admit that women are powerful, not victims any longer.

In fact, she says we are on the verge she says of a  new matriarchy, as a global economy sheds manufacturing jobs, women in control their sexuality and fertility, now  take advantage of new educational opportunities that lead to the service and government jobs dominating the new economy.

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NEWS: Hong Kong Tycoon’s Daughter, Discusses $65 Million ‘Marriage Bounty’ To Turn Her Straight

Gigi Chao, Hong Kong Tycoon’s Daughter, Discusses $65 Million ‘Marriage Bounty’ To Turn Her Straight

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/27/gigi-chao-hong-kong-tycoon-lesbian-marriage-bounty_n_1920502.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

The bisexual daughter of the Hong Kong billionaire who offered up a staggering $65 million “marriage bounty” to any man who can successfully woo her is speaking out amidst the media firestorm.

Gigi Chao, 33, tells The Telegraph she’s been inundated with offers from prospective male suitors from all over the world since news of her father Cecil Chao Sze-tsung’s offer broke earlier this week.

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Authors debate same-sex marriage at WSU

“Marriage really matters because kids need a mom and a dad,” Gallagher said.- The foundation of Gallagher’s argument against same-sex marriage was centered around its impact on children and family structures.

http://thesouthend.wayne.edu/article/2012/09/authors-debate-same-sex-marriage-at-wsu

 

Authors debate same-sex marriage at WSU

Advocates hope to bridging communication gap between opposing sides

By KAITLYN VALOR BOURQUE | The South End Updated: 4 hours ago

Darryl Terrell / South End National Organization of Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher and Wayne State Department of Philosophy Professor John Corvino debate same-sex marriage Sept. 27 at the WSU Community Arts Auditorium.Read More…