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posted: 9/25/2012 12:19 PM

What seems normal ignores reality

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Recently, NBC debuted a television sitcom in which two men use a woman for the sole purpose of carrying a child they cannot conceive on their own. The woman's mother is portrayed as a hateful Christian individual who embraces all the right-wing stereotypes about gay men (and other subjects) to her daughter. And we are all supposed to laugh at this.

The show, called "The New Normal," tries to show that pesky, antiquated biology the door. Again, we are supposed to laugh at this.

The truth is often a hard thing to accept, but it seems as though the feelings of others are more important than what constitutes reality. Sure, some people will say, "It's just a TV show," but if you look at the bigger picture, there has been a concerted effort to equate the gay lifestyle as being no different from heterosexual relationships. But straight couples and gay couples are different -- that is reality. Two men cannot procreate, just as two women cannot do the same. Two men cannot offer a true balance of masculinity and femininity, just as two women cannot.

"The New Normal" tries to alter the viewer's mind into thinking there is nothing wrong with using a test tube to create a new life and that there is also nothing wrong with subverting nature to align with the adult's desires rather than what nature had intended. I am realistic when it comes to ratings, as well, and I suspect this television sitcom will fade away just as it should.

Steve Howard


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