Coach Dave Daubenmire
August 26, 2010
I am so glad I had a father. He passed away five years ago and not a day goes by that something doesn’t make me think of him.
I didn’t choose him and he didn’t choose me. He wasn’t Robert Young of Father Knows Best, nor was he Sheriff Andy Taylor (any more than I was Opie), but the older I get the more I understand the impact that he had on my life.
A father leaves a footprint, for sure. Some leave a trail marked by deep crushing imprints like a journey through the mud, others have the same effect as soft slippers sliding over the shag carpet, and still others cover their tracks to leave as little an impact as possible on the lives of those whom God has entrusted them to nurture.
But they all leave an imprint. Even absent fathers leave an impression, though their footsteps are harder to follow. But make no mistake about it; the lack of a Dad often leaves a chasm that children spend the rest of their lives trying to fill.
Yes siree, Bob. A father is a beautiful thing.
And so is a Mom. It seems to me that a woman has an innate ability, a sixth sense if you will, to understand how much her child needs a father. In my many years of coaching I cannot tell you the number of mothers who have thanked me for being the “father figure” that their son needed so badly.
“His father won’t have much to do with him. He is too busy with work, or golf, or the garden. You will never know what a difference you have made in my son’s life. You are the father he never had.”
The father he never had...what a tragic thing for any child to have endured.
I thank God I had a mother and a father. I guess I was one of the lucky one’s.
We hear a lot about “rights” these days. "The right to do what I want to do with my own body; The right to speak my own mind; The right to worship my God; The right to marry the one I love....."
What about the right to have a Dad…or more specifically, the right to have both a Mom and a Dad? If there was ever anything that violated the Secular Left’s favorite Amendment, the 14th, it would be same-sex parenting.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Perhaps I am missing something, but isn’t depriving a young child of the right to have both a male and female parent violating their right to equal protection of the law?
Who says a Dad isn’t important? The debate is not whether two women can raise a child, but rather, do they have the right to impose upon their child their belief that a father is not a necessary element in healthy child rearing? What right does any person have to deprive of another human being the “privilege” of living in a “traditional” family?
Let’s look at it another way. Can you imagine the squalling that we would hear from the culture-destroyers if the parents “decided for the child” that an education was not necessary? Or medical attention, or heaven forbid, the notion that smoking was cool? “The rights of the child” defenders would come unhinged.
Yet those same social engineers remain strangely mute when two “grown-ups” determine for their “child” that their right to have a Daddy is immaterial.
Being the child of two-natural born parents is an inalienable right, and certainly supersedes the “right” of two lesbians to use a turkey-baster to induce parenthood. No matter how many mothers Heather has we will never be able to determine the impact of her having been deprived of a Dad. That is social engineering run amok.
Certainly, if “equal protection” means anything it means giving every child the same opportunity. Same sex parenthood is unconstitutional and a clear violation of the 14th Amendment because it abridges “the privileges or immunities” of minor American citizens. “Privileges and immunities” are rights “which are, in their nature, fundamental; which belong, of right, to the citizens of all free governments,”
I say that no right is more “fundamental” to the citizens of a free government than the right to have two opposite-sex parents. Studies show that the absence of either parent in the life of a child is a hindrance to their “pursuit of happiness” and may lead to life-long developmental problems that can impact generations to come.
What if the child later regrets not having a father? How do you repair a life broken by social engineering that deprived one of their most basic of human rights?
Same-sex parenting requires intervention that supersedes the laws of nature. A man and a man cannot produce a child no matter how much they claim to love each other. Heather’s two Mommies could only be so with the unnatural intervention of science. Same-sex parents use the courts to violate the rights of America’s smallest citizens.
Homosexual parenting violates the rights of the child. Two Daddies, or two Mommies, do not provide the child the same “immunities and privileges” endowed to non turkey-baster children.
I’ll never forget something that I experienced as a young father. Our first-born (non turkey baster) son always enjoyed sports. I guess it runs in the blood. His first organized sports experience was as a Tee-ball player at the age of five. Most parents will remember the excitement of that first “sports” adventure.
On our son’s team was a timid five year old boy who was playing Tee ball only because his single-mother was desperate for her son to be exposed to the influence of a man and she saw sports as a great opportunity to provide the much-needed male connection.
I sat in the stands in horror as I watched the well-meaning mother literally drag her squealing son to the plate when it was his turn to bat. The harder the young urchin shrieked, the harder the discouraged mother tugged as they made the trek to the plate.
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“That young fella needs a Daddy,” I heard a grizzled old grandpa whisper to his wife. “If someone doesn’t help her out she is going to have a real sissy on her hands”
Fatherless-ness is America’s curse. Raising a child without a father is destructive. Doing it on purpose borders on the criminal.
The right to have a Daddy is more fundamental than the right to be a parent.
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