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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bristol Palin's Pregnancy

I have a few thoughts about this story:

  • We know scarcely anything about Bristol's or Levi's upbringing.
  • Even the best of parenting doesn't produce 100% obedience in children - especially where hormones are concerned.
  • With no knowledge of how Bristol or Levi were raised, the only blame that we the public can objectively identify falls on Bristol and Levi.
  • We should be glad that the situation is being salvaged in a way that will give the child a decent home.
  • How could Sarah Palin be a hypocrite, unless she arranged for the two kids to have sex? Unless someone produces video of her handing them booze and keys to a motel room, lay off the hypocrisy charges.

James Dobson has a worthwhile statement on this issue:

"In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

"Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I've been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I'm sure the Palins have.

"The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a 'hypocrite,' but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans."

Ed Morissey has been there. Check out what he has to say.

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