Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sucker's Paradise: Cashing In On False Faith

Who says teenage pregnancy does not pay off? Bristol Palin makes about as much as the average worker in this country for one speech, warning us all not to do what she hypocritically did and decided to keep the fruition of, while pretending that it is all about choosing life (with the irony lost on her audiences that the whole point of their movement is to take away choice). Sometimes, I wonder if this is what Rome was like in the last years of its empire.


Bristol Palin to net up to $30K for each speech

She’s listed as available for conferences, abstinence and ‘pro-life’ events

JUNEAU, Alaska - Bristol Palin is hitting the speakers' circuit and will command between $15,000 and $30,000 for each appearance, Palin family attorney Thomas Van Flein said Monday.

Van Flein confirmed a report by celebrity news website RadarOnline that the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has signed with Single Source Speakers.

He added her exact fees will depend on factors such as which group she's addressing and what she must to do prepare.

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Bristol Palin, 19, is listed on the speaking group's website as available for conferences, fundraisers, special events and holidays, as well as women's, youth, abstinence and "pro-life" programs.

Her fee is denoted by four question marks, meaning "Call to discuss!" The same designation is given to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

A message left late Monday for Ron Miller, with Single Source Speakers, was not immediately returned.

Bristol Palin was thrust into the spotlight as a pregnant teen during her mother's unsuccessful campaign for vice president in 2008.

She had son Tripp that year and has since spoken about abstinence and the challenges of life as a young single mother.

Van Flein said Bristol Palin will be selective in the speeches she gives.

He said he believes she's interested in expanding her message beyond teen pregnancy to include her experiences on the campaign trail and in the media spotlight; her parenting approach; and her outlook on life.

Bristol Palin lives in Anchorage and works in a physician's office, Van Flein said.

I have nothing against Ms. Palin. I do not know her personally. It is easy to go after people for policy positions, but I typically reserve those judgments for people with power and real resources (like politicians or the unconvicted felons on Wall Street), or the kind of rank bigots who would (if they had it their way) turn this country into an apartheid South Africa (and violate the values of living in a free society). Bristol does not seem to be that kind of person. As far as I can tell, she seems like a normal teenager, and so it is hard for me to judge her, if people are dumb enough to pay her $30,000 to tell them not to have sex.

However, I wonder if Bristol has ever considered this simple fact. Almost all of the top ten states in teen pregnancy rates are in the Bible Belt (the region most apt to be populated by folk who train their children not to be having sex until marriage).

And considering that I am living amongst these people, I can attest they certainly believe in "moral" teaching when it comes to sex (I had a homeschooled student once tell me that he did not even know that birth control was ever illegal in this country [his "teacher" parents never bothered to tell him about the pill altogether]). And I have no illusions what my students, young adults born and raised in the heart of American Christendom, are doing on the weekends with their boyfriends and girlfriends. Guess what? They are having sex, and they are having sex not because they are evil or on account of some pitchfork-wielding devil taking possession of their loins. They are having sex because we are human beings, and it is our biological destiny to reproduce and to enjoy the act that leads to reproduction.

You think today's society lives in evil times and that we are lost morally? In the 19th century, married women (as most all females were married by the time they were in their 20s back in the Victorian age in this country) would go to the doctor's office, feign 'hysteria' (or really have it), so the docs would 'treat' them with late 19th century versions of vibrators, to relieve them of their anxieties. Just think, dear readers. That was your great or possibly great-great grandma. Were all those millions of women who did this a century ago harlots and hellbound sinners? No more than today's people, except back then women's options were obviously more limited.

For those of you who claim to be biblically-correct, how did your god treat Judah, the founder of the ancient Israeli tribe of Judah, who just so happened to be an incestuous stooge, carrying on a sexual relationship with his daughter-in-law Tamar (who initially tricked Judah into the affair by pretending to be a prostitute). According to scripture, when Judah "confessed" his guilt over impregnating his daughter-in-law, your skygod became so impressed by Judah's sincerity that he not only forgave Judah but rewarded him with his own tribe and guaranteed he would have his "share in the future world." Knock up your daughter-in-law, while thinking that you are with a prostitute, and go to heaven and have a tribe named after you.

And yet, you get bent out of shape about teens having sex and using condoms or the pill, and fear your daughter's fallen status for getting an HPV shot. Why? I ask this as an open question. If you are one of these Christians, you are more than welcome to explain it to me.

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