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               Thursday, November 7 2002 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster Don't ask, don't tell

Yesterday's entry introduced my latest project, a NewsComment addition to the Xnmp Christian News and Media Portal. Yesterday's topic in that running editorial page was homosexuals, gays (which I am not alone in considering to be two different things), and the Catholic priesthood. I summarized the day's observations by comparing the longtime but unannounced policy of the Catholic hierarchy on these issues to the U.S. military's fairly recently annunciated policy of "don't ask, don't tell."

There are probably some who believe "don't ask, don't tell" was a clever invention of the Clinton Administration to accommodate gays in the military. In fact, as I observed concerning the church, it has always been common sense not only in the military, jails and prisons, orphanages, and the church, but in families and organizations, especially ones serving youth and children, like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Neither is "don't ask, don't tell" a prudent policy for homosexuals only; it's just as useful for heterosexuals. The point of it is that there are large areas of life where questions about sexuality, whether "gay" or "straight," are better left unasked, and there are curiosities that are better not too readily satisfied.

We used to have a saying in my Blacklick Township school days: "ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies." It was often used to dissuade children from asking questions on things they'd be better off not knowing too much about. Though many seem to believe these days that there's nothing sacred when it comes to knowing all there is to know, the Bible, church, and folk wisdom all testify to the contrary. It's better not knowing sin, or for that matter the sins of other people (except in criminal cases when justice calls for public reckoning). Children do grow up, they do lose their naiveté or innocence, but usually gradually is much to be preferred to "all at once," or traumatically. And as the lawsuits by dozens of long-since-grown men who were abused as children attest, there's a sense in which we miss our childhood and have a right to reclaim compensation by its loss when that loss was induced by an outside improperly interfering party.

In another recent news story, movie mogul Steven Spielberg announced his parting company from Boy Scouts of America after a lifetime of affiliation, to highlight his opposition to the Scouts' stated policy of not allowing gays in Scouting. I'll take up some of the ramifications of this stance, which seems to be shared by most social liberals, in tomorrow's entry.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Scandinavians

A Swede, Dane, and Norwegian were shipwrecked on a wooded island with a box filled with tools like hammers and saws. After a year, they still had not built a raft or boat and left the island. Why? Well, the Norwegian was too busy communing with nature to build a boat, and declared the whole island a national park unsuitable for logging. The Dane discovered some berries growing wild and some honey, fermented it to make mead, and spent the whole year drunk, wondering where all the women were. The Swede had not helped build the boat because he had not even spoken to his fellow castaways during the entire year. Why? They had never been formally introduced!

—Sent by Christopher Larsen (Scandinavian)

Thought for today

An apocryphal parable

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the planet Earth, and he was gloating and boasting. Yes, sir, I just caught the world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you get done with them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.

"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you!! You don't want those people!!"

"How much?" He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your tears, and all your blood."

Jesus said, "Done!" Then He paid the price.

—Sent by "Cowboy" Ted Lewallen

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