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

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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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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, Indiana became the 20th state to prevent the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs in business or the public square.

Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law, saying the freedom of religion is a preeminent American value.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Gov. Pence, a possible dark horse candidate for president in 2016, cited court cases brought by religious organizations and employers, including Catholic universities, against the HHS mandate. “One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views.”

The new law could also prevent Christian business owners from being compelled to bake a cake or take photographs of a same-sex "marriage" ceremony, if doing so violates their faith. In recent years, business owners have seen an increased level of prosecution for denying such services, despite their religious and moral beliefs.

The state's pro-life organization applauded Pence for his stance. "Indiana's pro-life community is grateful to Gov. Mike Pence for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law,” said Indiana Right to Life's president and CEO Mike Fichter. “This bill will give pro-lifers a necessary legal recourse if they are pressured to support abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs.”

“RFRA is an important bill to protect the religious freedom of Hoosiers who believe the right to life comes from God, not government,” he said.

The state RFRA is based on the federal bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Supreme Court cited the federal law when it ruled that Hobby Lobby had the right to refuse to fund abortion-inducing drugs, if doing so violated its owners' sincerely held religious beliefs.

In signing the measure – similar to the one Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed – Pence and the state of Indiana have faced a torrent of venom from opponents of the bill, who claim it grants a “right to discriminate” and raises the spectre of segregation.

"They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people," said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national homosexual pressure group.

The Disciples of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination based in the state capital, has said it will move its 2017 annual convention if the RFRA became state law. The NCAA warned the bill's adoption “might affect future events” in the Hoosier state.

Pence denied such concerns, saying, "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."

The bill's supporters say that, under the Obama administration, it is Christians who are most likely to suffer discrimination.

"Originally RFRA laws were intended to protect small religious groups from undue burdens on practicing their faith in public life,” said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “It was not imagined there would come a day when laws might seek to jail or financially destroy nuns, rabbis or Christian camp counselors who prefer to abstain from the next wave of sexual and gender experimentation. And there's always a next wave.”

The bill's supporters note that it does not end the government's right to coerce people of faith into violating their conscience in every situation. However, it requires that doing so has to serve a compelling government interest and the government must use the least restrictive means possible. “There will be times when a state or federal government can show it has a compelling reason for burdening religious expression – to ensure public safety, for instance,” said Sarah Torre, an expert at the Heritage Foundation. “But Religious Freedom Restoration Acts set a high bar for the government to meet in order to restrict religious freedom.”

Restricting the ability of government to interfere in people's private decisions, especially their religious decisions, is the very purpose of the Constitution, its supporters say.

"Religious freedom is the cornerstone of all liberty for all people,” Tooley said. “Deny or reduce it, and there are no ultimate limits on the state's power to coerce."

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Since I’ve gotten involved in anti-pornography work, I’ve met countless men who struggle, fight, or have beaten pornography. Each person seems to deal with the guilt and shame that accompanies porn use in a different way—some deny that it’s “all that bad,” others pretend that they could “stop whenever they want,” many insist that “everyone is doing it,” and most, when pressed, admit to a deep sense of self-loathing.

One worry surfaces often in conversation: What do my past or current struggles with pornography say about me as a man? Can I ever move past this and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship?

I want to address this question just briefly, since I’ve encountered it so many times.

First, however, I’ve written before how I at times dislike the language of “struggling” with pornography or pornography “addiction,” not because they aren’t accurate but because too often they are used as an excuse rather than an explanation. It is true, many do in fact “struggle” with what can legitimately be considered an addiction, but when this language is used to describe an interminable battle with no end (and I’ve met dozens of men for whom this is the case), then I prefer we use terminology like “fighting my porn habit.” A semantic debate, certainly, but one I think is important. We need to stop struggling with porn and start fighting it.

Secondly, pornography does do devastating things to one’s sense of masculinity. We know this. Pornography enslaves men by the millions, perverting their role as protector and defender of the more vulnerable and turning them into sexual cannibals, consuming those they see on-screen to satisfy their sexual appetites.

What often starts as mere curiosity or an accidental encounter can turn into something that invades the mind and twists even the most basic attractions. I’ve met porn users who can’t believe the types of things they want to watch. They haven’t simply been using porn. Porn has actively reshaped them into something they don’t recognize and don’t like. 

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Porn is this generation’s great assault on masculinity and the role of men in society. It is essential that we win this battle for the sake of society’s survival. Contrary to what the gender-bending and family-morphing progressive elites claim, good husbands and good fathers and good church leaders are necessary for a healthy society. But pornography is destroying marriages, creating distant and disconnected fathers, and, metaphoricaclly castrating men, hindering their ability and desire to make a positive difference in the society around us.

So, with this sobering set of facts in mind let’s return to the question: what do pornography struggles, past and present, say about a man?

The proper way to respond is with everything that is good about masculinity. We have to fight pornography as men have fought countless evils throughout the ages. We need to fight pornography to protect women, and wives, and children, and our society at large. This is how pornography threatens society, by castrating men, and turning them from protectors into predators. Rooting out the evil in our own lives allows us to better fulfill the role we are called to perform in the lives of others. Battling our own demons enables us to battle the wider cultural demons. Every day without porn is another bit of virtue built. Virtue is not something you’re born with. Virtues are habits that you build. And one day without porn is the first step towards the virtue of being porn-free.

Many men ask me if men who have had past porn addictions are cut out for being in a relationship or working in the pro-life movement or in other areas where we are called to protect and defend the weak and vulnerable. And the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Our society needs men who know what it means to fight battles and win. Our society needs men who can say that they fought porn and they beat porn, because their families and their friends were too important to risk. Our society needs men who rose to the challenge that the evils of their generation threw at them, and became better men as the result. And our society needs men who can help their friends and their sons and those around them fight the plague of pornography and free themselves from it, too—and who can understand better and offer encouragement more relevant than someone who has fought and been freed themselves?

So the answer to men is yes. Fight pornography. Beat pornography. And join the ranks of those who support their fellow men and women still fighting. Lend them support and encouragement. We cannot change the fact that porn has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake. But we can change the fact that too many people aren’t fighting it. We can change our own involvement. And we can rise to the challenge and face this threat to masculinity with all that is good about masculinity.

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I don’t like having to do this, but we have always found it best to be totally upfront with our readers: our Spring fundraising campaign is now worrying us! 

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Every year, LifeSite readership continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This year, we are again experiencing record-breaking interest, with over 6 million people visiting our website last month alone!

This unprecedented growth in turn creates its own demand for increased staff and resources, as we struggle to serve these millions of new readers.

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