A Tribute to My Dad, to My Husband, and to Fathers Everywhere

Evangelist Billy Graham once said of fathers,

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”

As we celebrate Father’s Day 2013, I want to thank the fathers in my life:  my own dad, and my dear husband, whose constant love for our three children has been an inspiration.

My dad–Roy “Bud” Davis




Thanks to my father, Bud Davis, for working so hard to support our family of eight, and for inspiring us by your faith, your generosity, and your ethic. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.



Deacon Jerry Schiffer, the love of my life


And thank you so much to my husband, Deacon Jerry Schiffer, for your love and for your wonderful sense of humor.  

Thank you for tolerating my foibles, for cleaning up my messes, and for inspiring me to be better than I am.  Thank you for your strong faith, which shapes our lives and makes the world a better place.  

Most especially as we celebrate Father’s Day, thank you for choosing me to be the mother of your children.

The Schiffer family–Dad, Mom, and all three kids together–in 1998

Fast Cars, Long Beards: “Duck Dynasty” Comes to NASCAR

In its third season on A&E, the reality show “Duck Dynasty” has vaulted to the top, bringing fame and fortune to the bearded, duck-hunting Robertson clan.  The show’s third-season finale on April 24, 2013, attracted 9.6 million viewers—making it the highest rated telecast in A&E history. 

If you’re a fan of the show, you’ve seen the good food, the long beards, and the firm faith of the family who got their start manufacturing duck calls in a dilapidated Louisiana toolshed.  At Duck Commander, the family-owned business started by Phil Robertson, the Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie, and Jep—crafted duck calls from cedar.

Fans hold the broken cable which fell into the stands and onto the track at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 race in Charlotte, NC

Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty” and current CEO of Duck Commander, was invited to offer the opening prayer at Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina.

You know how the race turned out:  On Lap 119, near Section C of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Ford Grandstand, one of three cables supporting an overhead, remote-control camera snapped mid-race, flying into the crowd and causing multiple crashes on the track.  Fortunately, only minor injuries were reported.

Here is Willie Robertson’s prayer at the start of the Coca-Cola 600.

Bending Gender: Breast-Feeding Dads, Chaplain Nuns

In a relativistic, anything-goes and anything-means-anything culture, the demand for gender equality is increasingly strident.

First to clarify:  As a woman, I believe fiercely in gender equity.  That is, I believe that a woman who performs a job should receive the same wage as a man who performs the same job.  (This concept must be more clearly explained to the current occupant of the White House, who recently declared “Equal Pay Day” although the Obama Administration pays its male workers 13.26% more than their female counterparts.) 

But gender equality—the undemonstrable conviction that men and women are interchangeable, that there is no essential difference between the sexes?

I was a witness to the folly of this philosophy when our second child was born and I found myself raising one of each:  a fanciful, doll-hugging, hair ribbon-loving, pretty-in-pink little girl, and an instrumental, car-driving, gun-playing, fortress-building little boy.  Any mother can answer confidently along with me:  No, males and females are not the same.

The quest for gender equality, like the idea that one’s sexuality is chosen and not given at birth, sees its dénouement in ill-conceived goals like women in combat, multi-sex restrooms and, most recently at some 36 leftist institutions of higher education like Brown University, the radical expansion of benefits offered as part of student health insurance plans to include sex-change operations.

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But there is more:  Two new fronts opened this week in the ongoing gender wars. 

First is the victory of Spain’s men who will now, after an appeal in that nation’s Central Dispute Tribunal Court 11, be granted breast-feeding leave from their jobs.  The presiding judge ruled that under Spain’s Equality Law and Act 48.1 of the Public Service Statute, which were designed to balance the needs of work and family life, breastfeeding permission was “not exclusive to mothers” and applied to “both parents”.  The case was brought by a new father who argued successfully that he should be permitted to share his wife’s leave of absence after she, a working judge, used only two weeks of her paid leave and he was denied the right to use the remaining three weeks.

And then there is the Washington Post, where guest columnist Jennifer Bryson called for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services to credential nuns to serve as U.S. military chaplains.  No matter that nuns cannot celebrate Mass, convect the Eucharist, hear confessions, perform marriages, or anoint the dying; in Bryson’s estimation, nuns serve Christ with “radical commitment” and could help ease the current shortage of Catholic chaplains in the U.S. military.

As the trend advances, it seems only a matter of time until someone sues God for denying men the privilege of giving birth to a child….