January 24, 2014

This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss the president's new task force to fight sexual assault on campus, how religion can increase divorce rates, and the movie the pro-life movement can't stop talking about. 

The panel this week was: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC),  Republican Commentator Angela McGlowan, Former Prosecutor and Judge Debra Carnahan, Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy
 
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“The message there is: if you’re a pregnant teenager…have the baby.” –Bonnie “I’m glad there’s somebody out there willing to take in a youngster who may want to have a child.” –Eleanor “It showed both options.” -Darlene “The church is pushing these young women to have these babies before they have, not just a husband, but any kind of real relationship in their lives.” –Bonnie

 

Obama vs. Sexual Assault

The president set up a task force to stop rape on campus.

  • Darlene Kennedy: “I think one of the things we also need to think about is hitting these universities in their pockets.  There’s nothing better than pulling funding from these schools for them to wake up and smell the coffee. “ 
  • Del. Norton: “The notion that you send your daughter to college to get raped needs to be put on the table.” 
  • Angela McGlowan: “Women need to know where they can go if they are raped and what is actually rape."
  • Bonnie Erbe: "We’re talking about college educated Americans…they should know better.  That’s why I’m saying…I think that there’s a bit at least of a mental illness issue going on here.”
  • Debra Carnahan: “It is a violent crime.  It is a crime…not of sex…it is a crime of saying, “I’m powerful.  I’m dominating you…these people are criminals…and they have to be treated that way.”
     
Divorce & Religion
A new study says religion can increase divorce rates.
  • Darlene Kennedy:  “We expect most religious families to stay together regardless, thick or thin, and it shows where society is going that they feel comfortable enough that they can divorce.”
  • Angela McGlowan: “People have misconceived notions on what marriage really is.”
  • Del. Norton: "They are not prepared for the risks that as young people they are going to inevitably be exposed to and how to deal with them. ”
  • Bonnie Erbe: “When you're told 'don’t do this'…it doesn’t really teach you about real life and real relationships.”
  • Debra Carnahan: “It’s definitely related to marrying too young…and probably related also as the study said to the fact that you are very naïve and have been told marry young then have sex. You get married younger to obey the church.”
 
Gimme Shelter
The movie has been described by supporters and critics as "pro-life."
  • Debra Carnahan: "I believe choice is choice…and that means you can decide to keep your baby…or you don’t.”  
  • Bonnie Erbe: “The message there is: if you’re a pregnant teenager…have the baby.”
  • Darlene Kennedy: “It showed both options.”
  • Del. Norton: "I’m glad there’s somebody out there willing to take in a youngster who may want to have a child.” 

     
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