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The olympic hurdler’s greatest hurdle: ‘Lolo’ Jones’ virginity

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By Damian Goddard
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May 28, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - That Lynn Davies.  Geez, he was something else, wasn’t he?

What’s that?  “Who’s Lynn Davies”, you ask?

Well, let me tell you. He’s the former British athlete who won gold at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Not ringin’ a bell for ya?

Okay. Lynn is a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  He’s a stroke below being named an official “knight”.  Still not floatin’ your boat?

Alright. “Lynn the Leap” made the following statement many years ago. 

“There are hurdles to overcome in sport and in life.  Sport is a very valuable learning ground for how to live your life in the best possible way.”

“Big whoop”, you retort?  Well hold on a second there, Jeeves. This Lynn Davies is so - to borrow a most over-used phrase - “relevant” in today’s culture.

There is not one, single, solitary person who has ever lived or will ever live on this bountiful planet who has never been faced or will never face a hurdle.  And just to drive home good ‘ole Lynn’s point, we don’t mean those fixtures that sit on running tracks that hurt like the dickens if you clip one at high running speed.

I mean a real hurdle, like… oh… I dunno… like… well… human sexuality.

Yes. One of the greatest gifts our Creator has bestowed upon us lowly cretins is the high-to-heaven distinction of being a “playa-yo” in the mysterious act of creation. 

Two flesh. Becoming one. Oh, baby. Literally.

Oh yeah. The “hurdle” of human sexuality.

Okay. Let me flip the script on you for a sec. Now back to the world of actual hurdles. Yeah. The one Lolo Jones clipped back at the Beijing Games in 2008 which denied her that life-long dream of Olympic Gold.

I know. Many of you are asking, “who’s Lolo Jones”?  My response? Only a culture hero. That’s all. And it’s not for any gold medal she had placed around her neck in the sporting arena. In the arena of life, Ms. Jones made the most remarkable of statements in recent days. What was so mind-blowing that came from Lolo’s lips? She is saving herself for marriage.

The 29-year old hard-body with looks that kill, is a virgin. Ka. Boom.

On her decision to stay chaste, Jones called it “harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than studying for college, has been staying a virgin before marriage.”

Youth of today. If you’re reading this, and I know you are, take those words like the back of a body wash bottle. Open up those words.  Let it lather in your soul. Don’t apply liberally. Let the words wash over you… envelope you. Rinse. REPEAT.

Lolo Jones, in one fell swoop, hit the nail on the head. Holding back is hard. We know this, people. But moreover, it is possible. And don’t give me any of this garbage about some being pre-disposed to doing it better than others. We will have none of that nonsense.

Why?

Well let me turn your attention once again to Lolo Jones. The hero sans gold medal… sans silver spoon.

Lori, who would become “Lolo”, had about as tough an upbringing as one could possibly have. It’s one thing to be a woman on the move, but for a child to attend 8 schools in 8 years must have been harrowing. In a family of six, her mother held down two jobs to make ends meet. It’s because not only was Lolo’s dad absent, the man who was an alcoholic who spent much of his time in state prison. Where was home for the third-grader and her family? The basement of a Des Moines Salvation Army church. 

To go on would make your heart wrench with sadness. Yet, it is a most magnificent story. While having dinner with a great friend, Dr. Anthony Galea last week, the good doc told me that Lolo has intimated that she would like to accompany Galea to the Holy Land. After already making a couple of trips with Tony to Jerusalem, a third with this great woman would be an honour. 

You see, folks. This is no self-absorbed, stuck-up, “I’ll be in my trailer, ALONE”-type woman. Lolo Jones’ journey through life is a model. Especially to those young people who need to understand, with every fibre of their being, the old mantra - “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

About her decision to keep potential suitors at arm’s length, Jones goes on to say, “I’ve been tempted.  I’ve had guys tell me, ‘You know, if you have sex, it will help you run faster.” Ladies in the house. Can you feel her? I’m sure you do! I’m a man. I know she speaks the truth. How pathetic.

Over the weekend, Jones conducted an interview with E! News in which she was asked about all the “good-natured jabs about her recently revealed virginity.” But let’s be clear, my good people. There are those out there who are not at all amused by this most amazing declaration. After all, abortionists don’t want impressionable youth getting any weird, stupid ideas about ... ugh… chastity. 

The fact of the matter is, to some, Lolo Jones is an enemy merely for what she is standing for. And that is not only sexual preservation, but the most glorious institution of marriage! How old-fashioned. How new and exhilarating!

Is it possible that we, as a culture, might be in the nascent stages of a massive shift in how we look at ourselves as God sees us? As beautiful beings worthy of dignity, respect, and a love that can only be given and received as God does?  Geesh. I dunno. Heavy stuff, I’ll admit. I pray that we are making that move. 

But before I let you go, keep this in mind. Sports writer Kevin Armstrong of New York’s “Daily News” recently tweeted that several Jets players were chanting “Lolo, Lolo!” as another professed-virgin Tim Tebow entered the team’s locker room.

Lolo, who is quite adept at social media, saw the tweet and responded - “Hello by Lionel Richie is now on repeat on my ipod.” Hilarious. 

Lynn Davies? You said it, good ‘ole chap.

You said it, sir.

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TLC pulls ‘19 Kids and Counting’ from schedule following Duggar molestation allegations

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SPRINGDALE, AR, May 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The television network TLC has removed the Duggar family's reality show, “19 Kids and Counting,” from its schedule, at least temporarily.

Multiple news outlets have confirmed that the show, featuring the large and expanding evangelical Christian family, will not be on the air until the network makes a final decision about the program's fate.

The network had previously removed “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” from its network after “Mama June” Shannon had been seen associating with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, possibly exposing her children to a sexual predator. Shannon has told the entertainment news outlet TMZ that she would sue the network for unfair and inconsistent treatment.

TLC has not made a final determination as of yet and aired a Duggar marathon Thursday evening as the controversy brewed.

Friday's move comes after media outlets obtained police records showing Josh Duggar, as a young teenager 12 years ago, inappropriately touched as many as five girls, often while they were sleeping. The police records show the incidents began in March 2002, the month the oldest Duggar child turned 14. He admitted the incident to his parents that July, but another incident took place in March 2003. At that time, the family sent him to a program that required counseling and hard physical labor.

Three years later, a letter containing details of the molestation was found, and its recipient notified police, who launched an investigation.

One of his victims told police, after Josh returned in July 2003, he had clearly “turned back to God.” No further incidents have been alleged.

Duggar's wife of six-and-a-half years, Anna, said Josh revealed the painful episode to her two years before they got engaged.

Since the allegations have been made public, Josh Duggar admitted his long ago wrongdoing, calling his teenage actions “inexcusable.” He also resigned his job at FRC Action, a pro-family lobbying organization.

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Some figures have offered the Duggars their reassurance that, whatever sins Josh committed as a teen, he can be – perhaps has been – forgiven by God.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a presidential hopeful, said that Josh “and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story.”

He said those who leaked the story were motivated by “insensitive bloodlust” to destroy the Duggar family. “There was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past, and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims.”

God, Huckabee said, forgives all sins.

“In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption,” Josh wrote.

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I told her I was conceived in rape. She told me to prove I shouldn’t have been aborted.

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By Rebecca Kiessling

(Savethe1) - Why should I have to prove my worth and my right to life? When I first learned at the age of 18 that I was conceived in rape, I instantly felt targeted and devalued by our society because I’d heard what people said about pregnancy “in cases of rape.” Right away, I felt I was in a position where I would have to justify my own existence – that I would have to prove to the world that I shouldn’t have been aborted and that I was worthy of living.

I’ve since found my own value, identity and purpose in Christ, being created by God, in His image, and for a purpose, so I no longer feel I need to prove my worth to others in order to feel worthy. Instead, I share my worth out of gratitude for my own life being spared and in order that others may see the value of those who are still at risk – those who are in harm’s way as yet unborn and being targeted for abortion in the clinics, in legislation, and in people’s hearts and minds.

Whenever I speak, I share this aspect of my journey, but people are shocked to hear that I actually do get challenged to prove my value, to demonstrate my positive contribution to society and to justify my right not to have been aborted. This recent e-mail is a case in point. It was a tough inquiry to receive, but you’ll see my hopefully patient (and prayerful) responses below, and the ultimate outcome of the exchange:

I’m feeling sad and skeptical about rape babies.  I’d love to consider myself pro-life due to biblical reasons, but I just don’t really see what good can ever come out of a rape baby. I still think that it sometimes furthers the victimization of a rape victim. And it’s also because I’m very sad and disturbed by your blog.

I just think sometimes that it would be better if these babies never existed -- that every single one would naturally be miscarried by God’s will, so no one could bully them for their skeleton in their closet. Like I said, the subject manner disturbs me to the point where I vomit. I wish that every child was conceived in love and not violence because that's the way it should be. And I'm sad to say that the only way I could fully believe all of you rape mothers and children is if you were to pray for the peace of God that transcends all my futile understanding and my volatile, overly-sensitive emotions. 

There is no story in the whole world that can fully change my mind. The only way I could ever is if I were to befriend a victim or become the Bride of a man whom was the product of abuse. I'm so sorry to be brutally honest; it's just that my heart grieves to the point where I feel the struggle to overcome the sin of prejudice. I'm so angry at God that he allows this to occur.

Dear __, I appreciate you going to our blog and taking the time to reach out to us.  Your concerns are the most common, but research shows that rape victims are four times more likely to die within the next year after the abortion vs. giving birth. Dr. David Reardon's book Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault explains this.  So it's a myth which gets perpetuated -- that a rape victim would be better off after an abortion, that her child would be a reminder of the rape, and that she would even see her child as a "rape baby," as you put it.

I understand a lot of what you're saying.  You would definitely feel differently if you knew someone personally.  I wished I wasn’t conceived in rape, but I do believe now that God definitely brings good out of evil, and uses tragic situations to bring healing.  He doesn't intend the evil of course, but his trademark is redeeming really awful situations.

-- Rebecca

Her reply (again, challenging for me to read, but I think she candidly articulates a lot of what most people really wonder or think):

What has God done in your life personally besides this blog that has made your tragic family life worth the pain? Tell me what you have been doing: like marriage, dating, children, jobs, friendship, volunteer work; any of that. I am curious to see how God has given your life joy and purpose. I'm sorry if I have ever been difficult to handle. I'm emotionally impulsive when I hear something sad.

First of all, my birthmother and her husband legally adopted me 3-1/2 years ago because my adoptive family was really screwed up (long story of abuse and abandonment.) My own adoption by my birthmother was our fairy-tale ending.  She says I'm a blessing to her, I honor her and I bring her healing! I love adoption -- my two oldest are adopted (very open adoption,) and we adopted a baby with special needs -- Cassie -- who died in our arms at 33 days old. It was an honor to take care of her and was definitely one of the most important things I'd ever done in my life. She died because of medical malpractice.

Married for nearly 17 years, we have 5 children now – two adopted sons and our three biological daughters.  Here's my son's story. He wrote it last September at 12 years old.

Besides being the president and founder of Save The 1, I also co-founded Hope After Rape Conception. I'm a family law attorney, though I closed my law practice to have my children and to home school until 2-1/2 years ago.

I make baby quilts which I donate to pregnancy resource centers and I give to moms in unplanned pregnancies. My birthmother taught me to sew! I also taught my children to quilt, as well as many of my friends and their children. I've volunteered with orphan care, Sunday school, feeding the disadvantaged, free legal work, volunteer work for a maternity home, and helping in various ways with pregnancy resource centers. I changed the hearts of Gov. Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich on this issue during their presidential campaigns!

A large part of what I do is helping others to understand their value, identity and worth because lots of people struggle with these issues -- not just those conceived in rape. I hope this helps!  -- Rebecca

Her final response – from someone who said “there is no story in the world that can fully change my mind”: 

Dear Rebecca, thank you so much for your time to straighten out my emotional acting out -- I'm really glad you told me about your life. I really think I'll be okay now. I still wish that men wouldn't rape, but at least the world knows a lot more than they used to and I can say that I'm pro-life to my college professors without paranoia or anxiety. I even talked about helping people like you with my mom and dad. They told me I'm too sensitive in personality to be involved directly in domestic politics; yet, I'm praying about being a free English tutor for troubled families as well as being an anti-pornography informant or activist. After all, the porn industry has been statistically linked to the sexual violence pandemic. I'm so glad that you are living life well and to the best of your ability; keep telling people that just because your birth father was an evil scumbag doesn't mean that you are. Thanks Rebecca, you have really touched and strengthened my heart. With much sincerity.

 

BIO: Rebecca Kiessling was conceived in rape and nearly aborted, but legally protected by law in Michigan pre-Roe v Wade.  She's an attorney, pro-life speaker and blogger, and President of Save The 1. Her own website is www.rebeccakiessling.com

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Boy Scouts president: We need to allow open homosexual leaders

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May 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates says the youth organization must change with the times and allow open homosexual men to serve as Scout leaders.

Gates, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, said in a speech at the 2015 Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Annual Meeting Thursday that the Boy Scouts would have to adjust to "the social, political, and juridicial changes taking place in our country -- changes taking place a pace this past year no one anticipated."

According to Gates, the way to balance the religious affiliations of "some 70% of our scout units" and avoid "a broad [court] ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard" is to offer individual troops a flexible membership policy. 

"For me, I support a policy that accepts and respects our different perspectives and beliefs, allows religious organizations -- based on First Amendment protections of religious freedom -- to establish their own standards for adult leaders, and preserves the Boy Scouts of America now and forever."

"I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement," said Gates, who said that BSA should "seize control of our own future, set our own course, and change our policy in order to allow charter partners -- unit sponsoring organizations -- to determine the standards for their Scout leaders."

This is not the first time that Gates, who led the military to end its two decades-long Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, has supported gay Scout leaders. Last year, he said that he "would have supported having gay Scoutmasters, but at the same time, I fully accept the decision that was democratically arrived at by 1,500 volunteers from across the entire country."

In 2013, BSA allowed openly homosexual scouts for the first time. That policy reads: "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” and took effect on January 1, 2014.

A year ago, Gates said he "was prepared to go further than the decision that was made" to allow gay Scout members, but decided that "to try to take last year's decision to the next step would irreparably fracture and perhaps even provoke a formal, permanent split in this movement - with the high likelihood neither side would subsequently survive on its own."

This week, though, Gates said that "events during the past year have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore."

"We cannot ignore growing internal challenges to our current membership policy, from some councils... in open defiance of the policy," said Gates. 

However, Gates' remarks may have come too late to prevent internal challenges from splitting BSA. Due to the 2013 vote, a number of Scouting alternatives launched, including the organization Trail Life USA. The latter group says it aims "to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens." 

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In January, Trail Life USA said it has "over 540 Troops in 48 states and the registration of nearly 20,000 adults and boys..."

Furthermore, the decision by BSA to allow gay scouts has led to criticism from people on both sides of the debate. Homosexual activists say the group did not go far enough, whereas many Christian parents and organizations say BSA is bowing to public pressure from homosexual advocates to affect its membership, despite its Christian roots.

Corporate pressure has also been aggressive. Last year, Walt Disney World threatened to not allow employees to volunteer for BSA as part of its VoluntEARS program in 2015 if the organization does not allow gay Scout leaders. Diversity Inc. reports that Merck & Co., Ernst & Young, Major League Baseball, and AT&T are just some of the other companies that have pressured BSA to further change its policies.

LifeSiteNews asked BSA whether Gates' comments indicated support for a totally flexible scout leadership policy, or just related to gay scout leaders, as well as whether BSA would take a stand against state and local laws that deny First Amendment rights to people who oppose same-sex "marriage."

BSA declined to comment, telling LifeSiteNews in a statement: "Dr. Gates’s remarks speak for themselves. ... It is important to note that no decisions were made during the National Annual Meeting. A decision is expected no later than the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board meeting in October."

A video of Gates' remarks is below. The comments about membership standards begin at 8:40.

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