When Tim Schaefer was sixteen years old he was contemplating suicide. Fortunately someone anonymously telephoned his father, Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor of the local United Methodist church. The caller told him about his son’s state of mind and added that Tim was gay and worried that his parents would reject him.
“Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown there’s only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming,” says Jasmine, the lead character in Woody Allen’s film “Blue Jasmine.” But in the end, Jasmine doesn’t take to the streets screaming. She fades into the sad, solipsistic Hell of the lies she’s told herself for years.
Thinking back, it used to be hard enough to decide on school clothes, the right sneakers, which lunchbox I wanted, and what kinds of notebooks and pens would be best. Now, in addition to all that, our kids have to worry about picking out backpacks and, er … bathrooms?
By Jim Tonkowich He was sitting up front to my left as I faced the audience and spoke. Rather than looking at me, he stared straight ahead at the wall next to the stage. Or at least he wanted me to think that’s what he was doing. In truth, he was watching me carefully and […]
By Jim Tonkowich This week Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of three infants who were born alive in his clinic. In addition, he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient and more than 200 other criminal counts. As the Gosnell trial […]
By Jim Tonkowich On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that girls as young as 15 must have access to over-the-counter “emergency” contraception, to the so-called “morning-after pill.” According to NPR, while Planned Parenthood was pleased with the decision, other pro-abortion groups were incensed and vowed to fight so that children 14 years old and younger can […]
By James Tonkowich In an article on the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial, Keith Ablow argued that we have raised a generation with little to no empathy. In it he correctly identifies one of the causes: Having watched tens of thousands of YouTube videos with bizarre scenarios unfolding, having Tweeted thousands of senseless missives of no real […]
By Jim Tonkowich Thomas Sowell his 1999 book “Barbarians Inside the Gates” began with the question, “Is it hopeless?” Good question and one that, fourteen years later, many more people are asking with greater urgency. The economy remains is shambles. American marriage and family culture is eroding. The threat of nuclear bombs hangs over the world. And […]
by James Tonkowich Did anyone ever read let alone preach a sample sermon I wrote on Malachi 2:13-16? I wonder. Most of us would rather not think about “Why God Hates Divorce.” Yet as the authors of “Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?” — a new report from the Institute on American Values — write, “The […]
By Jim Tonkowich The 57th inauguration of an American president occurred this year on Monday, January 21. It was Martin Luther King Day and the eve of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision unleashing an unlimited right to abortion in the United States. In his inaugural address, Mr. Obama referenced the […]