Well, the spiritual discussions held over cups of Folgers, discussed in a church foyer and retold at the Family Research Council Blog, seem as stale and acidic as a morning cup of mocha from a second rate coffee house. It’s discussion over highly caffeinated brews where crazy worries are stoked in an atmosphere of total fear. Cup Of CoffeeFrom the FRC blog piece by Robert Morrison, entitled Coffee Conversations after Church:

It’s not that unusual for me to have fellow worshipers come up to me after church, over coffee. Normally, however, we swap family stories, talk about children, grandchildren, hobbies, and common interests in our town. Yesterday, however, two friends sought me out with some urgency.

My first friend of the coffee hour was in anguish over his daughter’s decision to live the gay lifestyle. He and his wife had raised two daughters in their loving Christian home. Their younger daughter married and has blessed them with grandchildren. Their elder daughter pursued an academic career. He described this daughter as a brilliant scholar, a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at a major university. But he and his wife are heartbroken over their daughter’s decision not only to live in a lesbian relationship with another woman, but also her plan to change her sex. Their daughter is beginning hormone treatments soon. Distraught over their daughter’s choices, he appealed to me for help…

Naturally, Mr. Morrison directed his worshiper to PFOX — Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays.

But, the fear just doesn’t stop at the daughter announcing she’s a lesbian! Oh no! suck down the caffeination and get ready for the tilt-a-whirl…

My friend was especially concerned that his lesbian daughter would take the extra step–sex change surgery–seeking to alter forever her sexual identity. Will “gender reassignment surgery” be covered under President Obama’s health care takeover, he asked, explaining that his daughter does not currently have the money to cover such expenses. I told him I cannot see how such surgery would not be included in the Obama plan. And if the President or Congress does not include it, activist judges surely will. He pleaded for consideration of parents. “Our wills give our entire estate to the two daughters we gave birth to” he said poignantly. “Now, we will have only one daughter. Where are our rights?”

My head spins in this whirl of Looney Tunes thinking. We went from having a lesbian daughter to a trans son…to the “President Obama’s health care takeover” to the federal government paying for genital reconstruction surgery, to activist judges, to wills, to parents’ rights over adult children…all in one crazy, whirly, fear-stoking paragraph!

So why don’t we have these kind of Looney Tunes discussions over coffee? I guess it’s because we’re just not that batsh*t crazy () and fearful enough…yet!

Perhaps Mr. Morrison and his fellow worshiper should consider switching to decaf.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen