Two and a Half Lesbians?

Six years into his vice-presidency, I can finally say that I’m proud of Dick Cheney.

Sure, he’s had his bright spots. We all smirked when he retreated to his “undisclosed location.” We all laughed when he finally represented the true feelings of Americans by shooting a lawyer. And we all smiled when he announced his intention to never run for president.

But this morning I was actually proud of him. When it was announced that his lesbian daughter Mary was pregnant, parents Dick and Lynn Cheney went on record saying that they were “looking forward with eager anticipation to the arrival of their sixth grandchild.”

I know I am about to shamelessly repeat myself here, but I don’t care. Every pregnancy is worth getting excited about. A new life has been created with endless opportunities and possibilities. The little person growing in Mary’s uterus is an infinitely valuable, hopelessly beautiful human being. Right now. And Mom and Pop Cheney are right to be excited.

But then comes the fallout. That is, the reaction from the Conservative Right. I will let Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America speak for them when she says, “It’s very disappointing that a celebrity couple like this would deliberately bring into the world a child that will never have a father.” She also described the pregnancy as “unconscionable.”

How can we say that every fetus is a treasure, and call any pregnancy unconscionable?

If Mary Cheney did indeed take deliberate steps to become pregnant (which is likely,) can we say that we are disappointed with her choice? I suppose. But can you imagine what the reaction from the Conservative Right would have been if the Vice President had a single, heterosexual daughter who got pregnant? That’s right… silence. OK, maybe a few tiny potshots, but that’s it. Millions of children are growing up in fatherless households, so why single out this one? Why can’t they just come out and say what they mean? “We Conservatives are concerned that this new child will be trained up in the ways of homosexuality.”

The fact is that the Christian Right is suffering from a combination of two diseases. 1) Celebrityphilia (although they’re not alone), and 2) Homophobia. By Homophobia, I am referring to an excessive emphasis on the evils of homosexuality. Do I believe that homosexuality is contrary to the design and desire of the Creator? Yes, I do. But do I think it is the kingpin of abominations, worthy of all our spiteful energy? Not even close.

Mary Cheney is a lesbian. And she wanted to be a mommy, too. Does anyone here honestly mean to ask gays and lesbians to stop wanting children?

Dick Cheney is a father. And he has a 35 year-old daughter who took a different path. Is the Christian Right actually deluded enough to believe that he should still be trying to run his daughter’s life?

So who are they really angry at? Or are they just plain angry?

If we as Christians really believe that love is the answer, then maybe we should get started.

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About rwiksell

I am a former church-planting pastor, currently active as a wedding minister, and the leader of a spiritual discussion group at a local bar called Scotch & Soda. By day, I am the graphic designer and production manager for a historic print shop called Traders Printing, located in downtown Springfield, Missouri. My wife Christina and I have been married for 9 years now, and we live in a turn-of-the-century bungalow on the north side of Springfield with our dog Abbi, and our cat Charlie.
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22 Responses to Two and a Half Lesbians?

  1. Brandon Call says:

    AMEN!

  2. Brandon Call says:

    AMEN!

  3. Anonymous says:

    RIGHT ON BROTHER! Man, I’m sick of the christian rant on homosexuality.

  4. Anonymous says:

    RIGHT ON BROTHER! Man, I’m sick of the christian rant on homosexuality.

  5. Anonymous says:

    <>Is the Christian Right actually deluded enough to believe that he should still be trying to run his daughter’s life?<>Ryan,I am really not sure this was ever the issue. Certainly the comments of the woman you quoted were out of line. But I believe a defense of,(no matter how subtle) homosexual tolerence, planned single parent or same sex couple families, and other things contrary to the teaching of the Bible is not exactly on par either. Now I am not homophobic, in the modern venacular. But I do believe homosexuality is a sin, the act and the thought. Many guys and gals trapped in the life of being gay are desperately seeking an escape. but where do they turn to? The church? Oh heavens no…..their gay and lesbian friends? Oh hell no…..so many end up commiting suicide or are so depressed they turn to drugs and sex and sink deeper into the sin to which they seek an escape. An escape only found through Jesus Christ. So we as a church MUST NOT send mixed messages. We must not condemn, nor should we defend, accept, or tolerate a doctrine, theology, thought, or ideology that pretents that homosexuality in all its forms and deeds is ok. I have seen the afore mentioned first hand. I know the pain, the feeling of hopelessness. And I know a loving people of a loving church who love and correct with the same hand are a people walking in the footsteps of Christ.Kmichael

  6. Anonymous says:

    <>Is the Christian Right actually deluded enough to believe that he should still be trying to run his daughter’s life?<>Ryan,I am really not sure this was ever the issue. Certainly the comments of the woman you quoted were out of line. But I believe a defense of,(no matter how subtle) homosexual tolerence, planned single parent or same sex couple families, and other things contrary to the teaching of the Bible is not exactly on par either. Now I am not homophobic, in the modern venacular. But I do believe homosexuality is a sin, the act and the thought. Many guys and gals trapped in the life of being gay are desperately seeking an escape. but where do they turn to? The church? Oh heavens no…..their gay and lesbian friends? Oh hell no…..so many end up commiting suicide or are so depressed they turn to drugs and sex and sink deeper into the sin to which they seek an escape. An escape only found through Jesus Christ. So we as a church MUST NOT send mixed messages. We must not condemn, nor should we defend, accept, or tolerate a doctrine, theology, thought, or ideology that pretents that homosexuality in all its forms and deeds is ok. I have seen the afore mentioned first hand. I know the pain, the feeling of hopelessness. And I know a loving people of a loving church who love and correct with the same hand are a people walking in the footsteps of Christ.Kmichael

  7. The Coreman says:

    The two questions I ask the reader right towards the end (about gays and lesbians wanting babies, and Dick running his daughter’s life) are rhetorical, and the correct answer both times is NO.These questions are intended to lead us all to agree that the rantings of the Christian Conservatives are simply that… they’re ships of anger lost at sea looking for a place to dock.It is an anger stemming from the fact that the world no longer upholds their own personal standards (I would say “God’s personal standards”, except that the hatefulness expressed by this group clearly portrays their disinterest in the true standards of God.)And just so you know, I never plan to defend, accept or tolerate a self-destructive behavior like homosexuality. But I want to defend, accept, and tolerate the people who practice it till the day I die. Unfortunately, most of the people who say they “love the sinner and hate the sin” are only half right.

  8. The Coreman says:

    The two questions I ask the reader right towards the end (about gays and lesbians wanting babies, and Dick running his daughter’s life) are rhetorical, and the correct answer both times is NO.These questions are intended to lead us all to agree that the rantings of the Christian Conservatives are simply that… they’re ships of anger lost at sea looking for a place to dock.It is an anger stemming from the fact that the world no longer upholds their own personal standards (I would say “God’s personal standards”, except that the hatefulness expressed by this group clearly portrays their disinterest in the true standards of God.)And just so you know, I never plan to defend, accept or tolerate a self-destructive behavior like homosexuality. But I want to defend, accept, and tolerate the people who practice it till the day I die. Unfortunately, most of the people who say they “love the sinner and hate the sin” are only half right.

  9. Anonymous says:

    You would have made a great Pharisee! To abitrarily brand those who disagree with adoption by homosexuals/lesbians as without love is highly judgemental and hypocritical. It is very possible for someone to love the sinner and hate sin. Just note the life of Jesus Himself. And He was especially passionate about speaking for the priority of children when others would have wanted their own personal desires fulfilled at their expense. In perfection of love and wisdom the Lord works on our behalf to give us all good things that lead to our contentment when we follow Him. He does not, however, exist to grant us our compulsive whims that lead to our own deterioration as well as that of those around us. When the scathing labels (Right, Left, Moderate)and its accompanying rhetoric are deemed less important than being a true follower of Jesus, i.e., a Christian, we will find ourselves becoming more like Him and not merely flaunting our own opinions that fly in the face of what God Himself has modeled for us.P.S.- to your charge of not caring about the fatherless from heterosexual unions–I do care and am personally doing something to help. I do not share this to boast, only to say that people can care about more than one issue of need.

  10. Anonymous says:

    You would have made a great Pharisee! To abitrarily brand those who disagree with adoption by homosexuals/lesbians as without love is highly judgemental and hypocritical. It is very possible for someone to love the sinner and hate sin. Just note the life of Jesus Himself. And He was especially passionate about speaking for the priority of children when others would have wanted their own personal desires fulfilled at their expense. In perfection of love and wisdom the Lord works on our behalf to give us all good things that lead to our contentment when we follow Him. He does not, however, exist to grant us our compulsive whims that lead to our own deterioration as well as that of those around us. When the scathing labels (Right, Left, Moderate)and its accompanying rhetoric are deemed less important than being a true follower of Jesus, i.e., a Christian, we will find ourselves becoming more like Him and not merely flaunting our own opinions that fly in the face of what God Himself has modeled for us.P.S.- to your charge of not caring about the fatherless from heterosexual unions–I do care and am personally doing something to help. I do not share this to boast, only to say that people can care about more than one issue of need.

  11. The Coreman says:

    Wow, anonymous… I think you’ve got my message completely backwards.Let me quote myself:<>Unfortunately, most of the people who say they “love the sinner and hate the sin” are only half right.<>My point is that this is a very popular phrase, but most of the people who say it are only bothering to hate the sin, and not love the sinner. I think it is entirely possible to do it right, but it’s far more common to be full of hot air.And trust me, I am not judging those who agree or disagree with anything (by the way, homosexual adoption is not part of this debate… Mary Cheney is <>pregnant<>, not adopting.) I want everyone to always feel free to agree or disagree with anything. There are loving and caring people who exist along the entire spectrum of personal opinion. It is in how we <>choose to express<> our disapproval to the world that concerns me. As I said, it seems that the conservative right is just looking for opportunities to vent its disapproval of the world, regardless of who might get stepped on in the process.And that is NOT an indictment on anyone who is actually working to make life better for people. My criticism has nothing to do with them.So anonymous… kudos for doing your part to bring light into darkness. And I hope we understand each other better now.

  12. The Coreman says:

    Wow, anonymous… I think you’ve got my message completely backwards.Let me quote myself:<>Unfortunately, most of the people who say they “love the sinner and hate the sin” are only half right.<>My point is that this is a very popular phrase, but most of the people who say it are only bothering to hate the sin, and not love the sinner. I think it is entirely possible to do it right, but it’s far more common to be full of hot air.And trust me, I am not judging those who agree or disagree with anything (by the way, homosexual adoption is not part of this debate… Mary Cheney is <>pregnant<>, not adopting.) I want everyone to always feel free to agree or disagree with anything. There are loving and caring people who exist along the entire spectrum of personal opinion. It is in how we <>choose to express<> our disapproval to the world that concerns me. As I said, it seems that the conservative right is just looking for opportunities to vent its disapproval of the world, regardless of who might get stepped on in the process.And that is NOT an indictment on anyone who is actually working to make life better for people. My criticism has nothing to do with them.So anonymous… kudos for doing your part to bring light into darkness. And I hope we understand each other better now.

  13. Anonymous says:

    What you say: “It’s far more common to be full of hot air”. Please tell me your source (complete with stats I hope) for making this assertion. If, on the other hand, it is just what you think, then that certainly does sound judgemental. The issue of pregnancy is even more critical than adopting because they are intentionally bringing a child into the world without benefit of a father! Two areas of agreement with what you say:1. The child should not become a further victim by anyone. He or she did not choose the situation and will face enough hardships.2. There are many issues in our society that need to be addressed. The only difference I would express is that this issue should not be ignored even though there are others that require more attention than they have been given.Finally, at “the core” of all societal ills there is a spiritual problem that is oftentimes mistaken as a political problem. In other words, we do ourselves a favor by moving away from political convictions and focusing on the powers that are at the root of the evil and the All Powerful One who can alleviate all suffering (in its many forms) we cause ourselves. Finally (again) I will need to log off because there is much to do. Nice chatting with you.

  14. Anonymous says:

    What you say: “It’s far more common to be full of hot air”. Please tell me your source (complete with stats I hope) for making this assertion. If, on the other hand, it is just what you think, then that certainly does sound judgemental. The issue of pregnancy is even more critical than adopting because they are intentionally bringing a child into the world without benefit of a father! Two areas of agreement with what you say:1. The child should not become a further victim by anyone. He or she did not choose the situation and will face enough hardships.2. There are many issues in our society that need to be addressed. The only difference I would express is that this issue should not be ignored even though there are others that require more attention than they have been given.Finally, at “the core” of all societal ills there is a spiritual problem that is oftentimes mistaken as a political problem. In other words, we do ourselves a favor by moving away from political convictions and focusing on the powers that are at the root of the evil and the All Powerful One who can alleviate all suffering (in its many forms) we cause ourselves. Finally (again) I will need to log off because there is much to do. Nice chatting with you.

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is a GREAT post! It is absolutely fascinating how the big H issue is like a magnet for our radar screens…no evil like that evil… I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in the public eye for someone like Laura who’s father is a bigwig in the conservative world. We have this opportunity to actually model our “love the sinner, hate the sin” lingo, but all we do is make sure she knows how much we hate. Homosexuality may not be God’s ideal, but it is listed with a lot of other things in Romans 1, all of which we prefer to ignore, because they are things WE struggle with every day. It’s much much easier to hate the sinner next door. I mean, “speak the truth in love,” about HER sin, that is.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is a GREAT post! It is absolutely fascinating how the big H issue is like a magnet for our radar screens…no evil like that evil… I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in the public eye for someone like Laura who’s father is a bigwig in the conservative world. We have this opportunity to actually model our “love the sinner, hate the sin” lingo, but all we do is make sure she knows how much we hate. Homosexuality may not be God’s ideal, but it is listed with a lot of other things in Romans 1, all of which we prefer to ignore, because they are things WE struggle with every day. It’s much much easier to hate the sinner next door. I mean, “speak the truth in love,” about HER sin, that is.

  17. Alaska Molly says:

    Whoops–somehow I came up as anonymous… That was me up above. PS. WHAT would be so wrong, for crying out loud, to say we are glad that there will be another baby to love in this world? SHEESH…

  18. Alaska Molly says:

    Whoops–somehow I came up as anonymous… That was me up above. PS. WHAT would be so wrong, for crying out loud, to say we are glad that there will be another baby to love in this world? SHEESH…

  19. SMF says:

    Ryan,

    I am saddened that you are trying to lead peolpe to God, and you dont even know where you stand on homosexuality. You talk in circles. It is an abomination. It says that right there in the Bible!! I am a pastors wife at a General Baptist Church. I was raised a daughter of a Freewill Baptist Preacher. If a homosexual wanted to come to my father or husbands church, of course they would be accepted, but they would also hear preachings and teachings against their destructive choice, as would the alcoholic, wife abuser, sexual predator, etc. We cant sugar coat these things or we are as guilty as they are. They need to know they are bound for hell and that unless they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and change thir lives, they will be sent to a literal, burning hell. Please do not give these people a false sense of security!! You cannot be a homosexual and go to heaven! Just read about soddom and gomorrah I think you will get the message of how God feels about homosexuality.

  20. SMF says:

    Ryan,

    I am saddened that you are trying to lead peolpe to God, and you dont even know where you stand on homosexuality. You talk in circles. It is an abomination. It says that right there in the Bible!! I am a pastors wife at a General Baptist Church. I was raised a daughter of a Freewill Baptist Preacher. If a homosexual wanted to come to my father or husbands church, of course they would be accepted, but they would also hear preachings and teachings against their destructive choice, as would the alcoholic, wife abuser, sexual predator, etc. We cant sugar coat these things or we are as guilty as they are. They need to know they are bound for hell and that unless they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and change thir lives, they will be sent to a literal, burning hell. Please do not give these people a false sense of security!! You cannot be a homosexual and go to heaven! Just read about soddom and gomorrah I think you will get the message of how God feels about homosexuality.

  21. The Coreman says:

    You know, SMF, I just got a response on my “Roe v Wade, Love v Power” blog very similar to this one, except it was anonymous.

    The similarity lies in the fact that the commenter in each instance does not seem to notice that I actually AM stating my position on each issue. It’s just that my position is not the main point of the blog.

    Just because I am not saying the same thing you are saying does not mean I am talking in circles.

    Homosexual sex is a sin. I do believe that is clear in scripture. But the fact is that the church has FAILED to treat those who practice it with the love commanded by Christ.

    I agree that we should not gloss over the issue. We should let our yes be yes and our no be no. But we should also recognize that, in the course of loving homosexuals, we should be prepared to stand up for them when they’re being mistreated, slandered or demonized. In doing so, we are not legitimizing their sins, quite the opposite. I believe we are allowing them to experience the love of Christ, which is the only thing that has any hope of bringing them healing for their unhealthy lifestyle.

    I hate sin… probably as much as you do. But we have to ask ourselves if we hate sin because it’s killing people we love, or because it makes us feel better about our “holy” selves.

  22. The Coreman says:

    You know, SMF, I just got a response on my “Roe v Wade, Love v Power” blog very similar to this one, except it was anonymous.

    The similarity lies in the fact that the commenter in each instance does not seem to notice that I actually AM stating my position on each issue. It’s just that my position is not the main point of the blog.

    Just because I am not saying the same thing you are saying does not mean I am talking in circles.

    Homosexual sex is a sin. I do believe that is clear in scripture. But the fact is that the church has FAILED to treat those who practice it with the love commanded by Christ.

    I agree that we should not gloss over the issue. We should let our yes be yes and our no be no. But we should also recognize that, in the course of loving homosexuals, we should be prepared to stand up for them when they’re being mistreated, slandered or demonized. In doing so, we are not legitimizing their sins, quite the opposite. I believe we are allowing them to experience the love of Christ, which is the only thing that has any hope of bringing them healing for their unhealthy lifestyle.

    I hate sin… probably as much as you do. But we have to ask ourselves if we hate sin because it’s killing people we love, or because it makes us feel better about our “holy” selves.

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