Like many of her fellow lefties, Nancy Pelosi is a troll. I’m not talking about her looks; I’m talking about her clever use of deliberately inflammatory behavior that serves only one purpose: to keep the enemy (that’s us) riled up about a problem that doesn’t exist. Case in point: the January 2 House of Representatives’ new rules proposal, officially presented by Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chair James P. McGovern, serves to “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.” If adopted, this would eliminate terms like father, mother, sister, and brother from House rules.

Yes, anyone this stupid ought to be smacked upside the head by a team of gender-neutral robots. But don’t waste any energy being mad. They’re trolling us, and by us I mean both Catholics and persons with common sense and respect of the natural law. They want us to be destabilized, angry, and upset. They want us to roll up our sleeves and start energetically proving—by geometrical logic—that fathers should be called fathers and mothers called mothers; that circles are round, water is wet, and the sun rises in the east. They’d like us to think that their stupid little games actually have the power to change something important. They want us to feel that reality is endangered. Most importantly—and this, I think, is key—they want to set the parameters of public discussion. They don’t mind if we skewer them with brilliant arguments, parody them and caricature them, or denounce them from the rooftops. In fact, they’re thrilled. That’s what they want: for us to talk about it. We’re being invited to join in a round-table discussion of something that we—as Catholics and as decent human beings—firmly believe is not up for discussion. Yet we swim forward like good little fish to take the bait. How about talking about what we want to talk about?

What’s the best way to put out a fire? Stop it before it starts—or so they told us in elementary school. Once people seriously start believing that it would be better not to use gendered words like brother and sister—and for the record, nobody genuinely believes that aside from a few mental cases—the battle is already lost. If we want to save the family, we need first of all to understand and live out the truth about the family in our own lives. Good examples touch more hearts than a million arguments. And secondly, should we have the opportunity to speak out publicly, we should favor proclamation of the truth over engagement with error (though of course the latter has its place).

Praise the Lord

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