Woman raised by lesbian parents pens powerful letter explaining her support of traditional marriage

TheBlaze reported on the powerful letter by Heather Barwick, a woman who was raised by two lesbian mothers but is now an ardent supporter of traditional marriage. In the letter, she expresses zero hate or animosity, but simply a recognition of how important it is to be raised by two parents - a mother and a father. The letter is powerful enough on its own, but it stirred a deep, emotional response from Glenn as he reflected on his own childhood and the role impact two generations of divorce has had on his family kids.

Barwick writes (via The Federalist):

Growing up, and even into my 20s, I supported and advocated for gay marriage. It’s only with some time and distance from my childhood that I’m able to reflect on my experiences and recognize the long-term consequences that same-sex parenting had on me. And it’s only now, as I watch my children loving and being loved by their father each day, that I can see the beauty and wisdom in traditional marriage and parenting.

Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter. That it’s all the same. But it’s not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My father’s absence created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost.

Read the full letter HERE

"What a profoundly brave letter," Glenn said.

"I really despise the girl power thing," Glenn said in reflection. "Just like I would despise manpower. Yeah, we're men. 'We don't need any women.' First of all, that's a lie. Any guy who says that is lying."

"We need each other. And our children need both of us. We're different. We bring different things to the table," he said. "You may choose and say, 'I don't need a man.' Or 'I don't need a woman, I have him.' But that's not the choice your children are making, and that's a sexual choice, that's not a parental choice. Your children have the need for the biological other partner."

To further his point, Glenn talked about his parents' divorce and how the lack of both a mother and parent impacted him. The pattern repeated itself when he divorced his first wife and his two oldest children didn't see their father on a regular basis.

"It created a hole. I know their mother is important to them. And I didn't want to create that hole in them. So I talk about it. I knew there was a need in my children to hear about their mother. I knew there was a need to hear about that there were good times. And it was good. And I appreciate [their mother] and, you know, all of that. You have to recognize that."

"I went through this as a kid. My stepmother would not allow me to talk about my mother at all. None of us could talk about it. So my mom dies, I move in with my stepmother, and we're no longer allowed to address my dead mother, who had just died."

"So there was, like, no grieving. There was nothing. And it was just like this big elephant in the room."

"If you're a gay couple, listen to the children of gay couples. Listen to them. What they're saying is, 'I needed a dad. I needed a mom. You may not have, and I love you, but I needed it.'"

"It's not about me. It's not about my ego and my fear. Here's my fear with Raphe. This is Tania's fear that some day he'll say, I just want to -- I want to meet them and I like them better. And you are my parents. That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. That's a stupid fear. It's a stupid fear. But that's the way people are."

"You have to be more secure in yourself to know, I'm a good parent. I'm a loving parent. And my children will figure it out. In the end, my children will figure it out. And so, I'm not afraid of saying, 'you need a dad, don't you? You miss your dad. You miss your mom. I know. I know.' I loved my dad. I loved my mom."

"Even if you didn't. I had a bad childhood. But, boy, I remember this dad that lived down the street. And he was the best. And I used to dream that he was my dad. You have to be able to relate to your children in that way. They are not you."

"I don't know if it has as much to do with gay marriage as it has to do with us just being confident enough in ourselves and our own abilities to be able to see the pain and the hole in our children that all of us, gay or straight, cause. By me getting a divorce and me leaving my children, I created a gigantic hole. My children are scarred from it, period. They're scarred from it. I was scarred from the divorce in my family, period."

"Was it the right thing to do? Am I happier now? Are things better because of it? Maybe. But not necessarily for my children. My older children were scarred by it. Whose fault is that? Well, it's nobody's fault. Yes, it is. It's mine and their mother's. That's whose fault it is. Now, what are we going to do about it? We're going to do the best we can by recognizing the hole that we have created in our children. Will we ever be able to make up for it? Probably not, but we can at least recognize it."

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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