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Abler-Minded: Happy Mother's Day

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Yes, I know I’m a bit late to be offering those wishes. And actually, I’m also late to be recognizing Father’s Day, which was observed last Sunday.

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But when you think about it, you really have to have mothers and Mother’s Day in order to have fathers and Father’s Day (all those test tubes and petri dishes aside), so they are inexorably connected.

And I have to ask the question: Am I late recognizing Mother’s and Father’s Day, or am I recognizing one of the last and possibly the late Mother’s and Father’s Days?

Have you ever heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences? Even if you haven’t heard of it, you have likely experienced it. What it says in short is that actions of people, and especially governments, always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended.

The government side of things is probably the worst or best example, depending on your point of view. I mean, you only have to think about the “We have to pass it so we know what’s in it” quote from the esteemed former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in regard to Obamacare.

And here we are, more than three years later, and we still don’t know everything that’s in it because they are still writing the rules and regulations to implement the bill. It’s also turning into the unaffordable health care act! What a country!

But closer to home, in Minnesota we will be treated to a boatload of unintended consequences courtesy of the law enabling same-sex marriages. It’s not just that 90-plus percent of the people who are heterosexual will be forced to be more tolerant of everything that is part of the less than 10 percent lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transgender (LGBT) population’s agenda. In the coming months and years there will be new demands and revelations far beyond our imagination today.

I read in the St. Paul paper that the city hopes to be the “Mecca” of gay and lesbian weddings, not just for Minnesota, but maybe for the whole country. Isn’t that something that any major city in the United States would be proud to be known for?

I find the juxtaposition of the reference to “Mecca” — the Muslim holy city — and the desire of St Paul to be seen as the location of choice (a holy city, if you will) for ceremonies that are anathema to the Islamic world more than a monumental irony. Let’s see Sodom and Gomorrah vs. Minneapolis and St. Paul? Hmmm.

It goes far beyond that, however. Let’s think about little Suzy Student on her first day in all-day kindergarten. Things aren’t going well and Suzy starts crying and declares through the snobs and sniffles, “I want my mommy.”

And Ms. Teacher replies, “I’m sorry Suzy, but we don’t use the terms ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy’ in school anymore. You have to say, ‘I want parent number one’ because that is how we have to refer to your mommy now. And if you have a daddy or another mommy at home, he, she or maybe it is parent number two. Do you understand now?”

“No, I don’t. I have a mommy and a daddy and I want my mommy! I want to go home now. I don’t like school at all.”

“Well Suzy, I see you’re going to have to go to the office where they will explain these things to you more clearly. And if you don’t start to listen better, we’re going to have to call your mommy — oops, I mean parent number 1!”

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But when you look at the things that have already happened in other states that legalized gay marriage, you might have second thoughts.

For instance, Boston Catholic Charities ran an adoption agency for more than 100 years, but was forced to close rather than submit to a state law requiring agencies to allow homosexual couples to adopt children.

A Methodist organization in New Jersey refused to rent its hall to a couple who wanted to use it for their same-sex civil union. The organization’s tax-exempt status was revoked.

A Des Moines, Iowa, YMCA was fined $100,000 for not allowing a lesbian couple who were married in Vermont to join as a “family.”

And this insanity is not just in the United States; it’s in Canada and other European countries, too.

All the greeting card companies will have to lobby to preserve Mother’s and Father’s Days. On the other hand, government-mandated LGBT recognition days are certain to follow with many new possibilities for greeting cards and probably another three-day weekend!

Maybe it should be celebrated on Feb. 29 or Sept. 31. Oops, I just received another invitation to sensitivity training.

This really increases the probability of many more conflicts between government and religious denominations and organizations on top of what has already happened over mandatory contraception insurance coverage. Parochial schools, religious-sponsored organizations, hospitals and others will be in jeopardy of being forced to comply with actions they view as totally immoral or go out of business.

Not to mention the high potential for adopted children having to work through the normal puberty angst issues about the opposite sex with a parent or parents who cannot relate. I wonder if the ultimate goal of some social scientists is a totally androgynous society.

The more I ponder this, the more I want my mommy. At least she had the sense to pass on before having to witness our latest insanity.

Well, that’s what’s been on my mind.

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