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Are Dogs Taking the Place of Children? (an alarming reality)
CE ^ | June 30, 2011 | Jennessa Durney

Posted on 06/30/2011 3:29:04 PM PDT by NYer

Dogs are often given the title “man’s best friend.” I get that. However, a new title has surfaced which turns one’s dog from friend to family. These days people address their dog as “baby.”

Last December, I received a Christmas card in the mail with someone’s dog in the spotlight posing as Santa. Cute? Sure… until I read the caption which read, “Baby’s First Christmas.” This was just the beginning of my observations.

More recently, I met a rather chatty woman in the post office. She was in the process of picking out a Father’s Day card for her son. Her only requirement was that the card include a dog in its design. At first, I thought this to be an innocent request. After conversing longer, she shared that her son’s ex-girlfriend (who I gathered used to live with him) left her two dogs with this man after her departure. The mother was duly impressed with her thirty-year old son’s ability to take care of these creatures. So much so that that was in fact the motivation behind purchasing a Father’s Day card for him. So, would such a mentality make her a grandmother?

I found that encounter bizarre enough, and did not think it could be topped. I was wrong. In my neighborhood, it is not a rare sight to see folks taking advantage of trails that line the roads. On one occasion, I came across a woman roller-skating. As I passed in my car, I glanced over to see that she had a baby carrier strapped to the front of her chest. I expected to see a child. Instead, a dog was strapped in with its legs dangling and its ears blowing in the wind. I passed in shock.

A few days later, I ran a 5k in some brutal heat. Surely, if anyone had offered me water, I would have happily accepted. That didn’t happen, but I did overhear someone ask the couple behind me if their dog could use some water. I glanced behind me to see a bottle of water being held up to the dog’s mouth.

It is not just water alone that is being offered to dogs these days. The options are endless from doggie cones at the ice cream shop to the best beef in town in the dinner dish. With so many occurrences of dog doting, perhaps in this culture I am the one who is seen as odd. Minority belief or not, dogs will never be humans, and therefore we should stop pretending that they are.

After so many extreme episodes of canine care, I began to ponder why dogs have been promoted from pet to person. I believe it reveals a truth that is written on the human heart. The truth I am referring to is that humans are wired for self-donating love. Scripture reveals each person is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 2:27). And who is God, if not Love? (1 John 4:8) The Triune God is a communion of Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Call it a family of three. Richard of St. Victor explained that a requirement of perfect love is sharing with another person, and perfect love between two requires loving for the sake of a third.

All persons are made in the image of the Trinity, and therefore, are also drawn into communion. In marriage, God invites man and woman to model this triune love in their human family. We hear what is written on our soul echoed in God’s command to husband and wife: “God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it’” (Genesis 2:28). The love of spouses continues outside of themselves in the flesh of a human person. “For conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful. A child does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs forth from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfillment” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2366).

What does this truth have to do with dogs? If in marriage, husband and wife do not heed to God’s command to be fruitful in the begetting of children, then this hunger to love something outside of themselves, in union with each other, will find false expression. As seen, one example of this is in the adoption of a pet, where an animal gains the privileges of a person. They are seen as the “third” in this communion of husband and wife. It is a twisted truth, a pacifier. What these couples truly desire is a child. “Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents” (Gaudium et Spes 50).




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Jennessa Durney has earned a MA in Theological Studies and an Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from Christendom College’s Graduate School. She also holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry accredited by Franciscan University of Steubenville. Jennessa is currently serving as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Hope in the Arlington Diocese, under the pastoral direction of Father Saunders. She is passionate about serving teens and young adults and seeks to enrich their lives through her speaking and writing apostolate.
1 posted on 06/30/2011 3:29:08 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

I know several individuals who match this description. With legalized same sex marriage, how much longer before states recognize bestiality?


2 posted on 06/30/2011 3:30:47 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
until I read the caption which read, “Baby’s First Christmas.”
Just today, Cindy Anthony referred to her first dog or two before she had kids as, "You know how they're your babies before you have kids."
3 posted on 06/30/2011 3:32:47 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: NYer

I have been observing the same for a few years now. First was a woman in her 60’s who referred to her single son’s german shepard as her “grandchild”. Then, my husband works with a man who had a couple of corgis who he referred to as his “son” and his “daughter”. My husband said to me that when he talked about his dogs,he(hubby) felt “icky”.


4 posted on 06/30/2011 3:33:00 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: NYer

Yea, I’m guilty of treating them like one of the family.


5 posted on 06/30/2011 3:33:12 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: NYer

6 posted on 06/30/2011 3:34:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: NYer
With legalized same sex marriage, how much longer before states recognize bestiality?

That's down the list. There are other things first.

Besides, there are still rabid animal rights activists out there fighting to free all the domestic slaves, and they'll tell you that animals can't give informed consent. And these are serious people who MUST be listened to. Not like, you know, religious people.

7 posted on 06/30/2011 3:35:28 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: NYer

Q: Why are dogs better than kids?
A: When you get sick of your dog, you can put it to sleep.


8 posted on 06/30/2011 3:35:39 PM PDT by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: NYer

This does appear to be happening more and more. I can think of several examples. Why, though?


9 posted on 06/30/2011 3:36:05 PM PDT by sam_whiskey (Peace through Strength)
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To: NYer

There is an Ancient Legend of the Cherokee Nation:*
Early in creation, man and animals lived side by side.
But one day the Great Spirit decided to separate man from the animals by giving man an eternal soul.
The Great Spirit caused a huge chasm to open in the earth with man on one side and the animals on the other side.
The chasm grew wider and wider until, at the very last moment, the dog jumped across the chasm to stand by man.


10 posted on 06/30/2011 3:36:24 PM PDT by sodpoodle
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To: NYer
One of the places I live is so called ‘dog friendly’. It's sick the way some of these people (attempt to)relate to their animals. It makes me wonder what kind of empty void they have inside them that they are trying to fill with a bizarre relationship with an animal. For information, I was the very happy owner of a very great golden retriever for 13 yrs....but...I never lost sight of the fact she was a dog.
11 posted on 06/30/2011 3:37:13 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: NYer

When a dog can respond correctly to the following question like any of my grand daughters can, I’ll think about it. “Sweetie, please get Poppy a beer out of the frigermalator and bring it to me”......


12 posted on 06/30/2011 3:38:54 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: NYer

My dog Tojo is very much like a kid. Its like having a perpetual two-year-old around the house.

(Plus he’s almost as expensive as a kid and listens about as well....)

;-)

Seriously, my dog IS a valued family member, and dog people understand this. I’m willing to bet that this over-educated hectoring bimbo Jennessa ever had a dog.


13 posted on 06/30/2011 3:39:03 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Can you afford to board the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?)
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To: JoeProBono
I see a woman walking a small dog that is in a stroller every day.

I just assumed that the dog may be elderly or artheritic and she was taking it to a park where it could roam free.

14 posted on 06/30/2011 3:41:52 PM PDT by Mears
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To: paul51

PD JAMES The Children of Men. Read it

Dont watch the film. Leftist film industry turned into leftist drivel.


15 posted on 06/30/2011 3:43:27 PM PDT by mlmr (Angry with what leftists are doing to our country, our children and our culture...)
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To: NYer

I love dogs, but to see the way some people treat their pets is just plain old idolatry. It can be sickening at times.


16 posted on 06/30/2011 3:43:50 PM PDT by kingpins10
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To: NYer
Of course they are. Children require commitment, yopu have to set an example for them, they are expensive, and you need to build a serious relationship with them.

Dogs don't care how vilely you behave, they are happy with the bare minimum, and they will love you no matter how badly you treat them.

Perfect child substitute for the lazy and selfish.

And although it does not need saying: yes, dogs are wonderful companions for decent people too.

17 posted on 06/30/2011 3:44:04 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Gaffer

18 posted on 06/30/2011 3:44:26 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Can you afford to board the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?)
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To: Gaffer

I played lacrosse with a guy who trained his dog to fetch beer from the fridge. They kept a rope on the fridge handle so the dog could open it up. No lie.


19 posted on 06/30/2011 3:44:30 PM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: JoeProBono

Substitute children for an aging urban yuppess?


20 posted on 06/30/2011 3:44:47 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles, Kill the EPA!!!)
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To: NYer

At least the social ramifications of a dog spoiled rotten to the core are nowhere near that of spoiling a child. Just look at Obama and imagine how much better the world would be if his mom had just bought a poodle.


21 posted on 06/30/2011 3:44:53 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: CollegeRepublican

I love it.


22 posted on 06/30/2011 3:45:12 PM PDT by Mears
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To: NYer
Apparently a similar trend was ongoing at the end of the Roman Republic: Plutarch reports in his “Life of Caesar” that the great man had just returned from Gaul when he saw a group of Roman women making much over a monkey. He asked those with him: “What is the matter have these women no children?” Juvenal in his Satires reported and satirized, many years after Caesar, the childlessness of Roman women-the Roman race simply died out.
23 posted on 06/30/2011 3:45:39 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: CollegeRepublican

But my little girls don’t slobber all over the bottle!


24 posted on 06/30/2011 3:46:45 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: HollyB

“Yea, I’m guilty of treating them like one of the family.”

Me, too. One of our recent family photos included the dog


25 posted on 06/30/2011 3:47:31 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: NYer

About a zillion years.


26 posted on 06/30/2011 3:47:59 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
"WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

27 posted on 06/30/2011 3:48:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

Pets are a better bet than kids. They’re cheaper, they like you more, and if they turn out to be a loser you can give them to the Humane Society.


28 posted on 06/30/2011 3:48:27 PM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: JoeProBono

Education is less expensive.


29 posted on 06/30/2011 3:48:39 PM PDT by ully2
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To: oh8eleven

You watching that trial too? Day 43 now. I’m glued to the computer. What a circus the duhfense has put on.

Whatever college Baez went to for his degree should send his money back and double it, just so he will never disclose where he went. LOL

Ashton: “Do you toss your dead dogs in the Swamp”? hahahaha.


30 posted on 06/30/2011 3:48:40 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: sam_whiskey

You never have to put them on your insurance and they won’t make your wife cry.


31 posted on 06/30/2011 3:50:49 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: NYer

Loving kindness to animals is not IMO a false expression of love. Though it’s nice and fulfilling for people to love other people too, I don’t see it as a zero sum game.


32 posted on 06/30/2011 3:51:21 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: kingpins10
I grew up in the fifties, and dogs were pets....since then, of course, they've become family members. The mega-pet stores and amount of aisle space in places like Walmart astound me.

Another observation - people seldom have just one; the dog needs "company", after all.

Final observation - the emergence of veterinarians by way of practice growth. I grew up never hearing of dog surgery (other than a busted leg maybe), let alone chemotherapy. I'll bet our childhood vet bill never exceeded 15 bucks.

33 posted on 06/30/2011 3:54:01 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: paul51
was the very happy owner of a very great golden retriever for 13 yrs....but...I never lost sight of the fact she was a dog.

Ditto! I was owned by two basset hounds and even established a basset hound rescue in my community.

My daughter, who grew up with dogs and cats, was devastated when the last basset died. She replaced him soon afterwards, with a Great Dane! I have no problem with a dog sharing our home but I recoil when she refers to him as her baby and me as his grandmother. We have had multiple discussions on the preciousness of human life and God's gift of animals in service to humans. Given what is happening in society today, is it any wonder she demonstrates confusion as to the role of the dog in our lives.

34 posted on 06/30/2011 3:54:58 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
I know several individuals who match this description. With legalized same sex marriage, how much longer before states recognize bestiality?

I love my dog,but come on,thats a hell of a dammed stretch

35 posted on 06/30/2011 3:55:35 PM PDT by Charlespg
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To: NYer

This phenomenon is not necessarily a bad thing. Some people ought not reproduce, and at least they aren’t making too much of a nuisance of themselves; although a case can be made for sympathy for the dog, depending on the breed.

On a side note, one of those yappy little dogs with lots of hair make excellent bait for Chinook salmon. You just put the yapper in one of those doggy life vests with a sturdy hook tied on with a sturdy leader to your favorite rod, and just heave the little bastard over the side. The more he splashes around in the current, the better your chance of landing a real citation fish. You can even rig up a spinner for some extra action.

If you reel fast enough you can usually recover your live bait with minimal damage, but they are usually good for only one fish per weekend of fishing. You really need to let the little yapper rest for a few days if he manages to land a big one...but be advised that after a while he may become afraid of your boat.......


36 posted on 06/30/2011 3:56:00 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: bopdowah

I prefer to think of all the money I’m saving not having to send my dogs to school :-)


37 posted on 06/30/2011 3:57:05 PM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: Emperor Palpatine
I’m willing to bet that this over-educated hectoring bimbo Jennessa ever had a dog.

I'm betting you have forgotten the role animals serve in the life of humans. They are faithful companions, designed to perform necessary services. They are not a replacement for children or grandchildren.

38 posted on 06/30/2011 3:57:33 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: 9YearLurker

Article is a clear exaggeration. The over whelming majority of people put humans first. I have a dog that is a part of my family and tease my children about him being “their brother” it is a JOKE!!!!!!! my dog is spoiled...so what? I love him..so what? and IF the elderly want a dog for company...so what? now excuse me while I go find my dog a steak bone:) ha ha


39 posted on 06/30/2011 4:02:27 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: annieokie
Ashton: “Do you toss your dead dogs in the Swamp”? hahahaha.

And don't forget:

Linda Burdick: "Did you euthanize any of your dogs with chloroform?" LOL!
40 posted on 06/30/2011 4:02:38 PM PDT by ZX12R
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To: NYer

It’s considered more acceptable to kill a unborn child than to kill a baby dog or cat.
That’s an outrageous; sick thing but most people don’t see why that is a problem.


41 posted on 06/30/2011 4:03:04 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Real hope and change comes in January 2013)
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To: All

And the search for civilization continues...


42 posted on 06/30/2011 4:03:24 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: NYer
People can be so selfish, and leave you bereft and lonely. Pets don't care what you look like, they're always glad to see you.

I remember when my kids were growing up and I was always frazzled and untidy, and knew lots of "child-free" couples and they invariably had beautiful dogs. They lavished affection on the dogs, and the dogs loved them back. Sometimes it doesn't work out so well between people and their children. There's a little envy for their leisure and orderly lives...

But dogs don't live long, and they don't graduate from college and go on to become successful adult humans. There's a lot of joy and satisfaction in that. And then you can really enjoy what pets have to offer in the way of stress-free companionship.

43 posted on 06/30/2011 4:03:46 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: kingpins10

Paris Hilton comes to mind: some people acquire dogs as fashion accessories. However, many of these folks often become great cat & dog lovers.

Having a pet is good practice for parenthood of real, live children - a way of weeding out the selfish and neglectful.

Better to treat a dog like a baby - than a baby like a dog!


44 posted on 06/30/2011 4:04:19 PM PDT by sodpoodle
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To: NYer
Americans no longer raises children, they raise pets.

We have elevated the animal up to the level of a person. If you don't believe me, a 7 year old girl was raped by a Liberian in the DC area.

The rapist escaped any jail time.

No one came out to protest about that poor girl. However, at the same time, Michael Vick was protested in the streets by animal lovers.

Sickening. People cared more about a dam dog than that poor girl.

45 posted on 06/30/2011 4:05:28 PM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: NYer

Being kind to animals is one thing, but kissing them and treating them like a human being is about the same as same sex marriage, it is sick, but would you believe i was in my 30s before i was convinced that the things that happened in Sodom and Gomorrah was things that could actually happen? i did not believe that a human being could do that.


46 posted on 06/30/2011 4:08:47 PM PDT by ravenwolf (Just a bit of the long list of proofs)
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To: NYer

“She refers to him as her baby and me as his grandmother”.

I do think dogs act as a replacement for those not yet having children and those choosing not to have children. One of my SIL’s actually had a “baby shower” when they adopted a puppy. Not only that... she sent out actual birth announcements. (yes, she is as nutty as a squirrel turd). Christmas cards included the humans and dogs in santa hats. That did change when they actually had a human child. I have heard it referred as the “dry womb syndrome”... no children or future thought of a child; thus, the dog becomes a replacement. Just a thought


47 posted on 06/30/2011 4:10:30 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Apparently a similar trend was ongoing at the end of the Roman Republic: Plutarch reports in his “Life of Caesar” that the great man had just returned from Gaul when he saw a group of Roman women making much over a monkey. He asked those with him: “What is the matter have these women no children?” Juvenal in his Satires reported and satirized, many years after Caesar, the childlessness of Roman women-the Roman race simply died out.

THANK YOU! That piece of information fits perfectly into the puzzle that was presented to me in the late 60s by an Italian immigrant. He had received a classical education which, at the time, was the trend in Italy. Essentially, children were introduced to their heritage through studying the Roman Empire. This was accompanied with a study of the Latin language. As they progressed in their studies, they were then introduced to the Greek Empire and its language.

This friend assessed the american landscape at that time and made a pronouncement I will never forget. Seeing the rise of feminism in the US, he described how the same phenomenon occurred in both Rome and Greece. It was soon followed by a rise in homosexuality, after which, those societies collapsed under the weight of moral decay and the destruction of the human family unit. He then predicted I would witness this in my lifetime.

At that time, the US was still viewed as the most powerful country in the world. The notion of these events manifesting themselves in my lifetime was laughable. I stopped laughing decades ago as I watched his predictions manifest themselves. Now, you have added yet one more element to that picture.

48 posted on 06/30/2011 4:11:31 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
"With legalized same sex marriage, how much longer before states recognize bestiality?"

You may think you're being semi-facetious. But Peter Singer, the well-heeled, sociopathic "ethicist" at Princeton who co-founded the animal rights movement when he was at Oxford, has been working on that issue for about a decade now (Peter Singer's 'Heavy Petting').

49 posted on 06/30/2011 4:12:22 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: annieokie
You watching that trial too?
I usually catch the follow-up shows in the evening. Today I was home, switching between two baseball games and surfed over to the trial to avoid commercials.
Baez took the case pro bono and Casey got the defense she paid for.
50 posted on 06/30/2011 4:13:07 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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