Remembering 9/11 and Thomas Gardner Firefighter FDNY

by Adam Leiter | Sep. 11, 2009

The best way for me to remember 9/11 is to remind everyone of my friend FDNY Firefighter Tommy Gardner, lost in the South Tower on 9/11/01.

He and I were in first grade class together at PS 107 in 1968, in Flushing, Queens, NY. We were in every grade and school together until we graduated high school in 1980. He joined FDNY in 1982. He was in several FDNY units, the last being Hazmat 1. [Read more…]


Reader comments on my review of “Epidemic: Teen Sex is Killing our Kids”

I was doing some research and came across your review of Meg Meeker’s Epidemic: Teen Sex Is Killing Our Kids. Your advice to parents that they “should listen to the music their children hear, watch the same television shows, read the same magazines, and rent the same movies” is essential.

I would add one more thing. READ THE BOOKS YOUR TEEN IS CHECKING OUT OF THE PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARIES. The number of books classified as “young adult” that are filled with explicit sexual descriptions of oral sex, homosexual sex, sex between teens and adults, sex between children, lewd and vulgar language, profanity, sexual violence, etc. is staggering. There are two websites that are detailing some of this information for parents: and We need to get the word out. Thanks.


A reader writes…

Creating enclaves in which the law does not operate or carving holes in civilization.

A theme that someone should explore and properly develop:

Traditional Anglo-American law (pre-1960’s) deferred to the traditional Judeo-Christian family. By “deferred” I mean that the public law, in effect, stopped at the borders of the traditional family. It was if the family was an island while the public law was like waves lapping up on its beaches, its outer perimeter. Public law declared that the minors were directly under the governance of the biological parents. Women, to some extent, were under the governance of men. The extent to which women were under the governance of men has been exaggerated but the approach can fairly be described as patriarchal. In order to intervene between parent and child, even for the benign purpose of protecting an innocent child from an abusive parent, meant that a very high legal barrier had to be overcome. The severity of these laws sometimes resulted in the injustice of a innocent child beaten by an abusive parent. The suffering of some women and children under at the hands of a violent
fathers was exposed by the women’s movement in the 1960’s and attitudes about intervening inside the family unit slowly changed.

Note that the goal of the pro-abortionists is to create another island which is free of publicly created law-that island is the woman’s body. Just as a woman or child might be nearly helpless against the mistreatment of an abusive father, so the unborn child is helpless against what has to be called an abusive mother. As medical science advances and we know more about the full humanity of the unborn child, abortion becomes more and more clearly unthinkable. Abortion in a country where many married couples long for the opportunity to adopt is truly tragic.

Note, I am not trained as a theologian, but, the scene in the New Testament where the pregnant mother of John the Baptist mets Mary and the unborn John the Baptist reacts at the presence of Mary who is pregant with the Christ child must demonstrate the sinfulness of abortion for any believing Christian. Clearly unborn children are full human beings with their own unique identity.


A reader writes….

Shannen Coffin’s article on “selective reduction” was more than slightly chilling. What will the mother tell her remaining child – you can see I love you because I chose to not to kill you even though I killed your two other siblings? This is not a mother, this is a monster! A amoral modern liberal monster, to be sure, but a monster nevertheless. This hits me a time when I am celebrating the birth of my latest grandson to a loving and grateful mother. She is 38 years old and felt the ticking of a biological clock. Inconvenient, to be sure; but a joyful and wonderful inconvenience. However, we are a close family who takes up the slack for each other. We welcomes any child as a gift from God, not as a potentially reducible annoyance. The oldest grandson greeted his brother by announcing with pride “My Baby!” He is, of course, right!