I've been browsing the blogosphere again, looking at the reactions to the news that Bristol Palin is pregnant, is keeping the baby, and is marrying the father.
The sick and twisted among us are using phrases like "unable to control her own daughter" and "didn't pass her values along" and, that universal constant, "hypocrisy."
But let me give you some insight into how perfectly staunch Christians and other believers in abstinence before marriage can end up pregnant anyway. It's not from a lack of belief or a tendency toward hypocrisy or any remarkable kind of moral failing.
This is what happens:
In the cold light of day, these young girls (I speak only for the gender to which I belong) can hold very strong convictions about the proper time for sexual intimacy. They can embrace it and believe it and have every intention of following through with those beliefs.
Unfortunately, they are also very inexperienced about How Things Can Go Too Far, and being the Invulnerable Teenagers they are, they tend to believe that their convictions are sufficient. They think that they can put the brakes on their make-out sessions at any time, no problem.
What they don't know is that the arousal sequence includes a point where the inhibition centers of the brain get dialed way down, and the pleasure centers get amped way up, to the point that you stop caring if it's wrong or a bad idea or whatever.
Which is what your brain is supposed to do, after all, or the species would soon die out.
Experienced women know that you have to control the situation from the beginning, meaning that you don't put yourself into temptation's path in the first place. But 17-year-old girls don't have stellar judgment to begin with, so these things happen from time to time.
Look, I would marvel at the fact that I made it out of my teens without committing that same error, except that the boyfriends I had during high school and college were both closet cases. So, no virtue or superior judgment on my part.
My whole extended family is staunch LDS, but I know of three couples among my grandparents, aunts, and uncles whose children were conceived before the wedding. Among my cousins, who knows.
But religious people all know relatives who "had to" get married, and maybe they themselves did. The difference is that we believe that when you commit the easiest sin of all to commit (and no one is immune from the temptation), there are proper ways to deal with the aftermath. And the Palins are doing what's best for all concerned according to Christian teachings.
She couldn't control her own daughter? What was she supposed to do? Make her wear a chastity belt? Lock her in a closet until she is 35? Forbid her to ever be alone with a boy?
I mean, come ON, people!
At LGF, a statement by James Dobson on the proper Christian response to this type of thing.
The usually irreverent Ace of Spades expounds on the extraordinary nerve that Lefties have in lecturing anyone at all about morality.
And Jeff Goldstein lays into them too, with satisfying results, as a follow-up to his now-legendary round-up of Leftist toxic dumping on Sarah Palin herself.