What do a beautiful pageant contestant and a large group of American pediatricians have in common?
In a word: Honesty.
This month both Prejean and the ACPeds give us pause to consider that perhaps when it comes to a choice between “Political Correctness“, and just plain correct-ness; PC is passe.
When California’s Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean answered her pageant question this week regarding same-sex marriage, her answer was a polite but firm personal stance on traditional marriage. Many believe it cost her the top crown. Here was her response on the Today Show :
“[I spoke] from my heart, for my beliefs and for my God. … It’s not about being politically correct, for me, it’s about being biblically correct.”
Prejean’s response to Fox News went a step further:
” God was testing my character and faith. I’m glad I stayed true to myself.”
Ms. Prejean chose to stay true to her personal religous conviction.
The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) likewise took a bold public stand this month against the legalization trend of same-sex marriage. On April 8th, Vice-President Den Trumbull, MD. issued a press release calling the most recent action in Vermont and Iowa “another blow to children’s rights“.
The history of the ACP caught my interest, and is quite fascinating to read. In the late 1990’s many members of the 75-year-old AAP (American Academy of Pediatritrics) became increasingly uncomfortable with the liberal direction the academy was taking, and the trend to distort scientific findings. From the website history we read:
“By the end of the last century, pediatricians, including members of the AAP, began to notice a disturbing shift [from the focus on the child]. Increasingly, the Academy promoted social policy based on political correctness and the wants of adults rather than the needs of children.” – Joseph Zanga, MD.
The final straw was when a same-sex study was published using questionable findings and erroneous quotation. By 2002 these disaffected physicians officially established the ACP.
The ACPeds are staying true to children’s rights and proven research.
These days, it seems that anyone who dares raise a voice for traditional marriage and family, risks coming under vehement attack. I have personally experienced this in a professional setting. The situation became not only unpleasant, but frightening; shining a light on the oft-mentioned “Silent Majority“. I admit, as I approached writing on this subject, a small cloud of concern hung over me regarding the potential offense to my homosexual friends and co-workers. I love my friends. I care about each of them, and wish them well. However, Ms. Prejean and the ACP have shown an irrefutable example that being true to what you believe is not only possible, it’s honorable.
“My final plea tonight is that you have the courage to stand firm for truth and righteousness. Because the trend in society today is away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, you will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which you believe…
Lest you feel inadequate for the tasks which lie ahead, I remind you of another of the Apostle Paul’s stirring statements from which we might draw courage: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Come what may, I also choose to stand firm for truth and righteousness – MoSop
The recent ACP press release deserves careful consideration:
April 8, 2009
Contact: Den Trumbull, MD, Vice President
American College of Pediatricians
“Children’s rights have suffered a severe blow in the last week. Iowa and Vermont became the third and fourth states to redefine marriage and in so doing has jeopardized every child’s right to be nurtured by a mother and a father. Of particular concern, the Iowa Supreme Court defended its decision with the brazen statement that, “The traditional notion that children need a mother and a father to be raised into healthy, well-adjusted adults is based more on stereotype than anything else.” This is categorically false. Over three decades of social science research confirms and reconfirms that men and women parent differently, and that children thrive best across all areas of development when reared by their biologic mother and father in a low-conflict marriage.
During the last two decades, medical research has even confirmed the existence of genetically-determined gender differences in brain anatomy, neural pathways, cognitive processing, and hormone physiology. These account for differences in how men and women relate to people and the world around them, which in turn explains why parenting differences between the genders are not mere social constructs. Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable and neither is dispensable. Two women cannot compensate for the absence of a father, and two men cannot fill the unique role of a mother. In addition, social science research clearly demonstrates that the further society deviates from the model of the fundamental mother/father family unit, the more children and society suffer.
The American College of Pediatricians asks, in hope and challenge, when will legislatures and the courts place the real needs of children ahead of or at least on an equal plane with the wants of adults? – Den Trumbull, MD. – ACP