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The Spectacle of Rosie: Don't toss that bouquet too soon

Susan Jacobse

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The left side of the Culture War lobbed a mortar shell into my living room. The attack was launched at 8:55 pm by ABC news (parent company Disney). It shook the innocence of my eight-year-old daughter who was still up because there was no school the next day.

Without warning a perky info babe on ABC's 20/20 program announced that Barbara Walters would have an exclusive interview with Rosie O'Donnell's new wife, Mrs. Kelli O'Donnell. (What? No hyphenated name?) The promo included the joyous scene of Rosie and bride on the San Francisco courthouse steps sealing their compact as Mrs. and Mrs. with a kiss.

I held my breath hoping that my daughter didn't take it in. But not much gets past here and she said, "Rosie kissed that lady on the lips." Before I could mumble out something, she continued, "How could that lady be Mrs. Rosie O'Donnell? Two ladies can't get married." From the mouth of babes!

My daughter was first exposed to Rosie on Sesame Street where Rosie played Elmo's good friend. She became more familiar with Rosie from the promos for the "Kid's Choice Awards" on Nickelodeon (a show we don't allow in our home because we dislike the relentless promotion of celebrity). Who would have thought that funny, sweet Rosie would become a symbol for undermining traditional marriage?

This climate of moral relativism allows everything except traditional values. The sexual revolution crowd works overtime to undermine all stable values in the name of greater tolerance. Boy Scouts are forced to accept homosexuals as troop leaders. Catholic Charities is forced to hand out birth control pills. Traditional Episcopalians are forced to accept an active homosexual bishop.

For twenty years traditionalists have heard, "Who are you to judge?" Now we hear that that the moral libertines are the champions of family values, and the traditionalists are corrupting the nation by speaking out against gay marriage.

"I think the actions of the president are, in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president. I am stunned and I'm horrified," declared Rosie when President Bush came out in support of the marriage amendment. What Rosie doesn't understand is that many people are stunned and horrified with the spectacle of Rosie and her "wife." It's an Orwellian nightmare.

The reality is that Middle America is fast becoming sick and tired of the gay marriage juggernaut. Sorry Rosie but you are not Rosa Parks. Gay marriage is not a civil rights issue. Too many people know that marriage is a union between a man and a woman instituted by God to bring order into the world. They don't and will never see gay marriage as morally legitimate. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.

The two Mrs. O'Donnells can exploit their domestic situation in order to bolster Rosie's failing career all they want. But moms like me are increasingly fed up with moral vapidity of people like Rosie. We are tired of being assaulted. We are tired of being on the losing side of the culture war. We will do everything necessary to protect our children including turning off the television and boycotting the sponsors that pay these people.

For the media elite, the bottom line isn't Rosie's civil liberties. The bottom line is the bottom line. Right now Rosie is a good ticket to the circus where the center ring is the American political scene. But when we are done with Rosie O'Donnell the media will drop her too.

Posted: 3/11/04

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