Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.”
In fact, he said that when “two fathers” are raising a child together, we owe them “our unending appreciation and admiration” and that this Fathers’ Day we should honor “all our fathers,” including those in homosexual, two-daddy “families.”
Admittedly, he didn’t use the term “homosexual,” but given all the other kinds of fathers he mentions, process of elimination makes it clear what he has in mind. (E.g., step fathers are given separate coverage.)
In an official presidential proclamation on the White House web site, he proclaimed:
Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, or caring guardian. We owe a special debt of gratitude for those parents serving in the United States Armed Forces and their families, whose sacrifices protect the lives and liberties of all American children. For the character they build, the doors they open, and the love they provide over our lifetimes, all our fathers deserve our unending appreciation and admiration.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 20, 2010, as Father’s Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. Let us honor our fathers, living and deceased, with all the love and gratitude they deserve.
Now that’s some proclaiming!
And don’t forget, it’s still June, and so it’s still the month that President Obama has proclaimed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month!—the month he personally asked all Americans to celebrate.
So don’t worry if you . . . uh . . . forgot to honor America’s homosexual fathers in two-daddy families. There’s still time to get in on celebrating all that LGBT stuff in this presidentially-proclaimed month.
What are your thoughts?
(P.S. Second post on Israel coming up next.)
(P.P.S. Bonus question for those who actually are fathers: How does it make you feel to have the concept of fatherhood treated in the way President Obama’s proclamation handles it?)