Our Pregnant Teenager

Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, especially during Advent.

Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, especially during Advent. Jesus Christ was born to one. Our particular religious history is one reason why the news that Britney Spears’ 16 year-old sister Jamie Lynn is three months pregnant is an important cultural moment.

Jamie Lynn is a star in her own right, the lead character in the Nickelodeon TV show Zoey 101. After her pregnancy became public, Viacom issued a vague statement about their respect for Jamie’s “decision to take responsibility” for her pregnancy.

Although her pregnancy is being portrayed by the media as an anomaly in the life of teens, in at least one way, Jamie Lynn is right on target with her peers: The average American loses their virginity at 16. Jamie’s decision to keep her baby was met with brutal scrutiny that few pregnant teenagers have ever had to endure. In some ways, the easier thing to do would have been to privately terminate her pregnancy. She and her family would never have had to endure this kind of media exploitation.

There are many good people within the Church and outside it who have dedicated themselves to serving women like Jamie Lynn. In doing so, they model the Christ of John’s Gospel, when during the Last Supper, He set himself to wash his followers feet as a sign of Christian charity. Christians follow Christ in that way, to love the sinner and hate the sin, to judge not, but show love through humane service.

Young women across the country are taking note of the uproar. Will the message they receive be that unplanned pregnancies bring deserved shame, or that women experiencing unplanned pregnancies also deserve unplanned joy?

 

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  • David Rybka

    Amaen

  • David Rybka

    Amen

  • Stuart

    It is unfortunate that she was not instructed how to use birth control.

  • squier13

    I hope the message that sexually active teenagers across the country get is that they should be using contraception if they want to avoid pregnancy.

  • Rich

    Bless your naivete, dear, keep on speaking up for that gospel-pure feminist view, but understand some fundamental facts of your religion: the first being that Judaism was a patriarchal social order in which women were property and sex was considered a silent abomination, an attitude passed straight through to Christianity; the second, that Protestantism was a movement that substituted social class beliefs for the ideologies of the gospel and evangelicalism in America is its latest incarnation of that error. The mixed messages about this poor girl’s pregnancy are coming from the classic conflicts about women, sex, and politicization of the Christian message built into the culture and the religion. In Christ’s gospel one would celebrate life, tolerate doubt, forgive transgression, comfort suffering, and women would be equals. You’ll make a good case worker toward those ends…

  • A Realist

    It’s really not very feminist to say that an unplanned pregnancy will be an “unplanned joy” to all. One thing feminists recognize is that there is not one path for every woman, which is why choice is necessary. Jamie Lynn made her choice, whether it was truly hers or not. She should be respected for that. It is sad, however, that she wasn’t using protection, or at least not enough protection. I think that’s the real issue at hand here. I also don’t get how Christians (namely, Catholics) can let go of the fact that believe premarital sex to be wrong when a girl doesn’t choose abortion. It’s like the premarital sex wasn’t wrong to begin with as long as it doesn’t result in an abortion, and of course as long as contraception wasn’t used? I just don’t get it, and didn’t get it while I was recieving my Catholic education, so I had sex at 17 and used contraception and have been pregancy-free ever since. I think… maybe… contraception is the answer?! Huh!?

  • jules

    “There are many good people within the Church and outside it who have dedicated themselves to serving women like Jamie Lynn. In doing so, they model the Christ of John’s Gospel, when during the Last Supper, He set himself to wash his followers feet as a sign of Christian charity. Christians follow Christ in that way, to love the sinner and hate the sin, to judge not, but show love through humane service.”Really? Apparently this charity is only extended to famous white teenagers who find themselves pregnant and not to black teens in the same situation. They are considered pathological and welfare queens.

  • steve boyington

    Hey, she should use this as an opportunity to launch her music career. She could do remakes of “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Rock-a-Bye” and “Love is a Battlefield”. She could get Britney to sing backup vocals and KFed as a backup dancer. It would be a win-win-win.

  • talk to the guys

    We’ve heard her story ad naseum since the story broke. It’s time to hear from the guy who got her pregnant. Someone should interview him with the same vigor. What was he thinking? Probably “I got Britney’s sister”. His thoughts probably did not include a life-time connection, just the duration of copulation. Girls, protect yourselves first. Birth control, condoms and spermicide, all the preparation may take some of the romance out of it, but it will also take the possibility of pregnancy out of it as well.Pregnant at 16 is ridiculous.

  • Danielle

    “She and her family would never have had to endure this kind of media exploitation.”Um, baloney. She and her family signed up for this “media exploitation” when they sold her story to OK magazine. She could have very easily dealt with this privately and there was absolutely no reason to make a big announcement.

  • Dave

    You have got to be kidding me. We should celebrate in her joy? She’s 16. What is wrong with this culture?

  • Mo

    Has everyone forgotten that this is a personal matter that this young woman and her family must deal with in the best way that they see fit?If we, as a society, would stop focusing on celebrities and their lives maybe we could dare to challenge “REAL” social and political ills.

  • edra

    Folks this is about money and even though you may have it – it does not change the facts of lifeFact – these 2 girls parents have made money off of their lives- while doing so they did not educate them- insturct them- teach them about life in general!!! I dont care how “Christian” they were! Both young women have no moral compass and now the proof in the pudding!I undertand the Mother has a parenting book out- NO Thank you! Perhaps she would be better suited to write a book about Managing my underage minor’s career for Money Fame and Nothing more.

  • abe polin

    where’s the cake?

  • Don

    “Our particular religious history is one reason why the news that Britney Spears’ 16 year-old sister Jamie Lynn is three months pregnant is an important cultural moment.”Puh-leeze. The fact that some girl in Louisiana got pregnant at 16 is not an “important cultural moment”. In fact, it doesn’t even rise to the level of “who cares”. As a “graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism”, can’t you find anything–anything at all–more important to write about?At best, this is the stuff of junior high gossip. A graduate-level journalism student should aim higher. No wonder journalists in the US have failed us so miserably over the past 10 years.Shame on all of us.

  • Anonymous

    hahhaa…last comment is great.who cares about this girl anyway????

  • Ameria

    i dont think any one should show any sympathy for her. She is 16 years old and is 3 months pregnant by her 19 year old boyfriend. We all say that it didnt mean to happen or it was and accident but if your having sex without a condom then you meant to get pregnant. That was a risk and she was willing to take and she committed to it. How is she suppose to be a role model if she is 16 years old and pregnant.What is that saying? that young girls all over can get pregnant because the media says its ok. And i personally think that this was all a media stunt. We didnt have to know that she was pregnant, the family could have just kept it within the family. And if anyone has anything to say about what i wrote well then keep it to yourself because its my opinion.

  • Kyla

    I agree with Danielle. She (nor the family) should’ve never decided to go public with this story until it was absolutely necessary (i.e., baby bump spotting at a Starbucks or something). Personally, I think all of this may be a lie and a divertion from all that crap Britney is going through. They needed to take the pressure and spotlight off of her trainwreck of a sister for awhile! I don’t think these people should be ridiculed though…I think they need prayer and a really good psychiatrist!!

  • Ryan

    Hmm, Elizabeth, you’re right on most of what you’re saying, except the part about the scrutiny she’s receiving. Why on earth would a 16 year old go to OK magazine and tell this story? Why would a parent allow her daughter to go to OK magazine? It tells you something about their family. While I sympathize with Jamie Lynn’s situation in general, I have absolutely no sympathy for the fact that I, and the rest of the country, know about it. That’s their doing. No normal person would decide to turn this into some sort of media opportunity.Also, on a side note, how “shocked” could Jamie Lynn have been about her pregnancy? Perhaps a little surprised, perhaps saddened, perhaps scared, perhaps worried. But “shocked”?

  • Ameria

    i dont think any one should show any sympathy for her. She is 16 years old and is 3 months pregnant by her 19 year old boyfriend. We all say that it didnt mean to happen or it was and accident but if your having sex without a condom then you meant to get pregnant. That was a risk and she was willing to take and she committed to it. How is she suppose to be a role model if she is 16 years old and pregnant.What is that saying? that young girls all over can get pregnant because the media says its ok. And i personally think that this was all a media stunt. We didnt have to know that she was pregnant, the family could have just kept it within the family. And if anyone has anything to say about what i wrote well then keep it to yourself because its my opinion.

  • Dave Otto

    The writer speaks of the media exploitation that Ms. Spears has to endure. Ms. Spears chose to announce her pregnancy on the front cover of a tabloid. Who is exploiting whom?

  • trippin

    We’re hemorrhaging blood and treasure at an alarming rate engaged in an indiscriminate, illegal and immoral Crusade against Islam. Meanwhile the perpetrator of 9/11 runs free. Nuclear Pakistan is on the brink of collapse, Turkey is bombing the Kurds in what was the only peaceful and controlled part of Iraq using our intelligence, turning our strongest in-country allies against us. Our borders are wide open.Our middle class is evaporating before our eyes, our health care system is broken, income disparity is ballooning, profligate pilfering of the Treasury runs rampant, we’re tortuting prisoners, habeus corpus granted since the Magna Carta is but a quaint memory, and we’re granting immunity to the unholy fascist alliance of corporations and government who illegally spied on American citizens without a court order.And still we waste time on the plight of another hapless, helpless, cute little white girl. So much for the priorities of the faithful.

  • Chris Everett

    “Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers”Why? What is it about unmarried pregnant teenagers that necessarily demands sympathy? The assumption is that the situation is inherently tragic. But why assume this to be the case? Does a couple of extra years and a ceremony officiated by a pedophile transform this curse into a blessing?”love the sinner and hate the sin, to judge not”I’m sorry, but the judgement comes when you call something a “sin” in the first place. I don’t know anything about these teenagers or their circumstances (except that Britany is her sister), but the substance of the situation has nothing to do with Christian notions of sin. If the couple has enough emotional maturity they’ll be fine. Papers and pedophiles are immaterial.

  • ETS

    So are we disappointed that she is pregnant or that she’s having sex? Because if its the latter, we should be upset at our kids, probably ourselves and everything else we allow that encourages 16-year-olds to have sex. The baby is not the problem.

  • Joezenith

    Hey Folks,Who really gives a rat’s patooey? Don’t we have more pressing and important things to worry about? It is beside me why the media even bothers to report the antics of Britney, Lindsey, Paris and the lot. They are all screwed up and we really don’t need to hear about them or care about them. Let’s see now, maybe there is something really important we can discuss……….

  • Kentuckienne

    No, shame on her mother for selling the story of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy to the highest bidder. She’s being exploited by members of her own family.Also, what services do “Feminists for Life” and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops offer pregnant teens? Are they sponsors of prenatal care so that the baby is born healthy, or childcare so that the mother can finish school? Or do they simply tell pregnant teenagers that they shouldn’t have an abortion?

  • david

    I’d say shame on you, Liz

  • Paul

    In response to A Realist:Perhaps something you missed in your catholic education is this: while premarital sex is a sin, the greater sin would be to have an abortion based on convenience. To take responsibility for one’s actions by keeping the baby is far better than allowing it to be murdered. There is still a sin committed that must be atoned for, but to have another sin on top of the one already committed would not right the situation. Contraception only aids in a relationship based on lust, not love. Perhaps others will find this comment particularly offensive, but I stand by it as a Catholic. Plus, one might be tempted to not use a condom/birth control method and an “accidental” pregnency might result. Not to mention the fact that there are lots of pills available for birth control that amount to the same result as an abortion.

  • Spectator2

    The worst part of this story? Since she is only 16, we’ll have to wait two long years before anyone will publish pics of her without underwear.

  • John

    Why do we even care?Until society stops feeding into the Spears’ sisters media fest they are not going to go away.We all know they’re talentless hicks that need to go back to the bayou.Start caring about things that are important, like each other.

  • Jonathan

    There is nothing to be admired here. There is nothing to be learned here. There is nothing here except another foolish 17-year old girl who thought she was bullet-proof — and found out she wasn’t. I don’t feel sorry one bit for any hardship she encounters — she made definite choices here, but I do feel sorry for this baby. This baby is barely in the second trimester of development and one can already see how difficult a life he/she will have — the baby doesn’t get a choice. If the media would stop standing up for these people and attempting to make them heroes, then maybe 16-years old might think twice before making the same choice.

  • fusar

    What happens when female human beings get horny? The same question for males. They yearn for sex. At what age could this happen? It depends on the maturation of that female (male) human being. Present day society does not condone early pregnancy for the (minor) because society knows that the minor can’t provide for the child. The minor can’t work when the minor is expected to attend school until the age of 18. In reality, the jungle doesn’t care when the female gets pregnant. The jungle doesn’t care about responsibility. Society does. She could conceive prior to her first menstruation or after. Right? You hear about young girls getting pregnant at age nine and ten. Have they experienced menstruation? Human beings are animals who must begin to realize that sex has the purpose of reproduction and not pleasure. She copulated with the intent for pleasure without a realization that there was the likelihood of motherhood. What does religion have to do with the act of copulation? How can any human being be born without the act of sex? So many lies have been told. What is your perception? Why do you continue to brainwash human beings with this concept of religion? The first men were born in the jungle.

  • Askov

    Another “abstinence only sexual education” success!

  • jimbo

    Don’t even waste your ink on low life trailer trash like this. Both she and her sister are trash. What A FAMILY OF LOSERS. They are also probably Republicans. !!

  • Closeted Papist

    Wasn’t (the virgin) Mary impregnated around the same age by someone more than two years her senior? Being an unwed teen mother gets you chastised and scourged in the modern media and probably 20 to life in Saudi Arabia… Pregnancy happens, deal with it. If it didn’t, none of us would have to deal with anything.

  • Anon

    the question no one has asked so far is whether the father, her BF, should be in Jail or not. From what I have read, he is apparently 18 or 19, whereas she’s 16, below the age of consent. If Average Americans become sexually active at the age of 16, then shouldn’t the law be adjusted to reflect that?

  • Bobby

    “What happens when female human beings get horny? The same question for males. They yearn for sex.”So what? When I yearn to defaecate I control myself until the right time and place.Yearning for doing something does not excuse doing it in an irresponsible manner.

  • sonel

    Dearest Elizabeth,Are you suggesting Ms. Spears be compared toI have a 16 yr. old and I can tell you I wouldAnd this “boy” wouldn’t be dating her to begin with. I am not oblivious to this generation been there and done that. BUT we as parentsPEACE

  • W, Ashley

    Just goes to show what the Spears family really is

  • 2nd key

    Why do Catholic Christians have a soft spot for unmarried teens who find themselves pregnant?Because the Mother of God accepted just such a condition through a sheer and generous act of faith.Now mind you, that does NOT in any way sanction teen (or any) fornication–the Virgin Mary’s situation was a special case, to say the least. But still, having made poor choices, we have the power to move on with the situation as it is and make better choices. Deciding not to terminate a life prematurely is a very good choice, all the other choices surrounding this event notwithstanding. And wonder of wonders it comes to light during our Advent season.Non-believers will scoff at such a belief and coincidence; so be it. But I’ve often wondered how this season came to be celebrated with such joy. My private belief is that it’s had Divine underpinning.

  • Fernando

    People, you have to much free time in your hands

  • Kara

    “Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, especially during Advent. Jesus Christ was born to one. Our particular religious history is one reason why the news that Britney Spears’ 16 year-old sister Jamie Lynn is three months pregnant is an important cultural moment.”are you seriously comparing jamie lynn spears to VIRGIN mary? need i point out the difference between the two? i would think that a grad student could figure it out, but because its obvious that you cant, jamie lynn spears had premarital sex. thats how she got pregnant. mary didn’t. so unless you are suggesting that this is gods work and that jamie lynn is carrying the next jesus, the comparison between the two women is completely ludicrous.and as for her announcement being “an important cultural moment” give me a break. 16 year old girls get pregnant all the time. as a matter of fact, my entire school has been gossiping about someone that just got pregnant all week. so i agree with the person who said that at most this topic belongs in junior-highs gossipy hallways. so you even realize that there are more important things going on in the world? such as war, disease, hunger, and corruption? find something more worthwhile to write about.and as for feeling bad for the family because of the exploitation they are facing, i wouldn’t doubt the fact that they are just going to use the whole thing as a big publicity stunt. for all we know, jamie lynn’s mom has been trying to get her pregnant to bring in some extra revenue and attention to the family since the K-fed britney affair has calmed down. i wouldn’t put it past any of them, seeing as the members of that family that we hear about have absolutely no morals.bottom line is, kids are going to have sex. use a condom. get on birth control. don’t pity her for exploiting her own personal life when she could have prevented it.

  • kat

    People make mistakes. She could have had an abortion to cover hers up but she didn’t. And I don’t know why people are acting like this is such a shock. I’m 30 and I recall classmates getting pregnant when I was in the 6th grade. Tragic as that was,teen pregnancy has been a constant reality since the beginning of time :-p

  • fusar

    Teens do not practice abstinence in this society. You will do what your body (nature) prods you to do. You will have sex at the first opportunity no matter what society says. You will fornicate. That is probably our first major sin besides the acts of stealing and lying. Would you have placed a chastity belt of Jamie Lynn? If so, you will have to place one of every teen girl in this world. Human beings have to be taught that sex is for the purpose of reproduction and not pleasure. First time sex can result in pregnancy, HIV or any other STD, or simple or immense pleasure. Anyone whom engages in sex takes a chance. There are so many contradictions to religion. Thou shall not fornicate! Baloney! Thou shall not have sex without first a wedding or marriage license! Baloney! Humans are wild animals whom initially have wild and exuberant sex cravings. See how you feel when you try to suppress those feelings. Do you remember?

  • fusar

    Teens do not practice abstinence in this society. You will do what your body (nature) prods you to do. You will have sex at the first opportunity no matter what society says. You will fornicate. That is probably our first major sin besides the acts of stealing and lying. Would you have placed a chastity belt of Jamie Lynn? If so, you will have to place one of every teen girl in this world. Human beings have to be taught that sex is for the purpose of reproduction and not pleasure. First time sex can result in pregnancy, HIV or any other STD, or simple or immense pleasure. Anyone whom engages in sex takes a chance. There are so many contradictions to religion. Thou shall not fornicate! Baloney! Thou shall not have sex without first a wedding or marriage license! Baloney! Humans are wild animals whom initially have wild and exuberant sex cravings. See how you feel when you try to suppress those feelings. Do you remember?

  • NM

    The only thing I can say about Brittney & her sister Jamie Lynn is that instead of being good role models to the girls who idolize them and imitate them, they’ve manage to lower the bar on celebrity behavior even more. The public image of these girls are a mess. Yet, mother is set to release a parenting book! It is LAUGHABLE and tragically sad to hear in media reports that she and her boyfriend were “completely shocked” to find out she was pregnant. In this day and age, I guess some people still really believe in immaculate conceptions.

  • Bobby

    “Teens do not practice abstinence in this society.”Oh really. I guess Im lying to myself when I first had sex on my wedding night to my virgin wife. And many of our friends who did the same. And surprisingly enough we are all educated professionals. Many normal teens wait till marriage and thats a fact jack.

  • John

    I hope you are on your knees repenting of your comparison to this obvious lost soul to the virgin mary. Christians should not have sympathy for a young girl who cant keep her clothes on. Was she raped. NO, she is just another looser like her older sister.You are offensive to the whole christian community.

  • fusar

    Immaculate conception? Right! Believe this. I have three children and they all were born to a virgin. Why have these lies been told through the years? I am surprised Jamie Lynn didn’t get pregnant at age 13. It shocks people in this country that a white girl could get pregnant at such a young age. White people have set the moral standard for the world. They make the laws and then they break their own laws. White people can’t believe that white young girls can perform the same activities of so called “ghetto black young girls”. Get real. Age 16 is the time a women should have children. Nature calls for sex and why not have it.

  • fusar

    Immaculate conception? Right! Believe this. I have three children and they all were born to a virgin. Why have these lies been told through the years? I am surprised Jamie Lynn didn’t get pregnant at age 13. It shocks people in this country that a white girl could get pregnant at such a young age. White people have set the moral standard for the world. They make the laws and then they break their own laws. White people can’t believe that white young girls can perform the same activities of so called “ghetto black young girls”. Get real. Age 16 is the time a women should have children. Nature calls for sex and why not have it.

  • Give me a break

    Elizabeth, you religious nut jobs are unbelievable. Jesus was born to an unwed pregnant teenager?!?! Who the heck was Joseph? You know, Mary’s husband. Equating the Immaculate Conception to Jamie Lynn Spears having sex with her 19 year old boyfriend is unfathomable if not bordering on blasphemy.

  • LG

    Um….I’d hardly call Mary’s pregnancy “unplanned.” Maybe she wasn’t married when she first became pregnant but that baby had been planned for a looooooooonnnnngggg time.

  • Dungarees

    I’m sorry but I’m not quite sure why the news that Britney Spears’ 16 year-old sister Jamie Lynn is three months pregnant is “an important cultural moment.” Nor am I uncertain that (if you want to say her pregnancy is a cultural moment) that she and her family are being exploited. She and her family are not unfamiliar with the media and the pro’s and con’s that come with being a celebrity. The family’s fame and fortune has been made as a result of their being in the public eye, and the continual quest (not just by membes of the Spears family) for publicity. Unfortunately they (and others) can’t have it both ways; you can’t say Me, Me, Me, Look at Me, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, fame and fortune, and exploit yourself for attention when you want it, and then expect “please give me privacy for personal events”. They have, for whatever reason, opened the door of their life for fame and fortune, and now there’s more to the story which people who are their fans and supporters (personal and/or financial) want to know. And, it seems that Ms. Spears, at 16, previously made it known she was apartment hunting for her and her boyfriend, and it was her that announced, for a front page magazine story, her pregnancy.A fact is that if she was having relations with her boyfriend, that she should have known and been prepared for what “could” happen, and not be shocked by something so unexpected. If that was the case, she was probably a little less mature for her actions than she is for having a “cultural moment.” If nothing else, having been brought up in a highly visible family (as a result of her older sister’s life), and in part because of the last several months of her older sister being highly profiled for her actions (personal and family), the younger Ms. Spears should have paid a little more attention to her own actions. At worse (at best?) someone in her family and/or advisors should have paid some attention to her actions and activities and helped to either prepare her for her actions (leading to pregnancy) or worked to discourage her actions and activities so that she wouldn’t have been “shocked” at the news.

  • Dungarees

    I’m sorry but I’m not quite sure why the news that Britney Spears’ 16 year-old sister Jamie Lynn is three months pregnant is “an important cultural moment.” Nor am I uncertain that (if you want to say her pregnancy is a cultural moment) that she and her family are being exploited. She and her family are not unfamiliar with the media and the pro’s and con’s that come with being a celebrity. The family’s fame and fortune has been made as a result of their being in the public eye, and the continual quest (not just by membes of the Spears family) for publicity. Unfortunately they (and others) can’t have it both ways; you can’t say Me, Me, Me, Look at Me, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, fame and fortune, and exploit yourself for attention when you want it, and then expect “please give me privacy for personal events”. They have, for whatever reason, opened the door of their life for fame and fortune, and now there’s more to the story which people who are their fans and supporters (personal and/or financial) want to know. And, it seems that Ms. Spears, at 16, previously made it known she was apartment hunting for her and her boyfriend, and it was her that announced, for a front page magazine story, her pregnancy.A fact is that if she was having relations with her boyfriend, that she should have known and been prepared for what “could” happen, and not be shocked by something so unexpected. If that was the case, she was probably a little less mature for her actions than she is for having a “cultural moment.” If nothing else, having been brought up in a highly visible family (as a result of her older sister’s life), and in part because of the last several months of her older sister being highly profiled for her actions (personal and family), the younger Ms. Spears should have paid a little more attention to her own actions. At worse (at best?) someone in her family and/or advisors should have paid some attention to her actions and activities and helped to either prepare her for her actions (leading to pregnancy) or worked to discourage her actions and activities so that she wouldn’t have been “shocked” at the news.

  • go back to work

    put down your copies of Teen People and do something productive.

  • matt

    “Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, especially during Advent. Jesus Christ was born to one.”How could a Catholic say that Jesus Christ was born to an unwed mother? Mary was married to Joseph. How could you make such a mistake?

  • Anonymous

    She and her boyfriend are too irresponsible to use birth control. Who is going to support this kid? Is this “Campus Catholic” going to give Britney’s sister money for child support?

  • Anonymous

    She and her boyfriend are too irresponsible to use birth control. Who is going to support this kid? Is this “Campus Catholic” going to give Britney’s sister money for child support?

  • Spectator2

    MHR: Dumber than a box of rocks. No matter what the topic, some drooler will spew about “liberals.”

  • Judi

    What is the big deal about another teenage mother? Forget the fact that she is peripherally famous. She’s just a kid. It is simply stupid for children to be raising babies. At least this one has the sterling example of her big sister to follow.Child mothers have an historically hard time. This girl is just lucky to have money.

  • Judi

    What is the big deal about another teenage mother? Forget the fact that she is peripherally famous. She’s just a kid. It is simply stupid for children to be raising babies. At least this one has the sterling example of her big sister to follow.Child mothers have an historically hard time. This girl is just lucky to have money.

  • Sully

    In response to MHR,I then attended a newphew’s graduation in Dallas, TX. The night before my sister-in-law held a party for her son, who was graduating, and his friends and parents. My being a federal employee almost caused a few fist fights. Lots of republicans down there, lots of evangelicals down there. The federal government is the enemy you know… Many kids were openly talking about missionary work, which I thought was great, some were talking about jobs they had secured, some about colleges they would be attending. The next day was graduation. My mouth dropped as about 20 pregnant girls, some so far along they required assistance to walk up to the stage, received their diplomas. I mentioned to my sister-in-law that kids must get married down here in Dallas at an earlier age. She rolled her eyes. Married?Since then I’ve noticed that as you move to less educated areas, the religion on the sleave gets bigger and the number of teenage mothers goes up. I really do not think religion has that much to do with it though the religion does little to stop it. Its education pure and simple, eduation of the parents who do not educate their children and so on and so on. So we have yet another 16 year old girl pregnant by a boy no one seems interested in interviewing nor will anyone care about the baby. All that people focus on is the social stigma. The people who care less about teenage pregancies talk about the wonderful decision to not have an abortion. They fail to mention they would have gladly imprisoned Jamie and forced her to have the baby if they had their way. Stupid is as stupid does. My 15 year old daughter is appauled. She is not appauled based on any religious teachings. She is appauled at how this girl chose to have sex in the first place AND not using protection. She also was shocked at Jamie’s “shock” at finding herself pregnant. She asked me “didn’t she learn anything in sex ed class?”. My guess is if you asked Jamie that she would answer “what sex ed class”. Jamie’s schooling has been at Mississippi’s Parklane Academy, a self described “christian” school. I wonder what their sex ed class teaches, if they have one.

  • GS

    Just because “Bobby” can keep his pants one does not mean that everyone can, or should.I am not advocating promiscuity, but experimentation by teens IS a fact of life, from time immemorial. Education is the key here folks, especially for young women. When the media and society only validate women for their bodies and their “abilities”, is it any wonder why so many girls get caught up in these behaviors? Boys/Men feel like they are entitled to sex and they are shielded by a double standard (men are studs while women are whores) and girls, especially adolescent girls, who are struggling to be validated by men and find their place in the world, sometimes succumb to the lowest common denominator.If we could somehow keep religion out of the argument, we’d be better off. I think a heavy does of societal reflection would be better. As a previous commenter alluded to, Judeo-Christian beliefs engender a patriarchic worldview of men as lords and women as servants/property. Domestic violence plays directly into this structure as well as other entitlement issues that some men have with women.We need to change the dialogue in this country, to one of how we can view women as intelligent, articulate, thinking beings, not just projections of male fantasy. The Spears girls along with all the other examples listed have to take responsibility for their actions and the consequences. But, in a society where we ignore women who think and succeed in business and academia, and promote those who sell their bodies to promote fantasy – can we all be really that surprised?

  • GS

    Just because “Bobby” can keep his pants one does not mean that everyone can, or should.I am not advocating promiscuity, but experimentation by teens IS a fact of life, from time immemorial. Education is the key here folks, especially for young women. When the media and society only validate women for their bodies and their “abilities”, is it any wonder why so many girls get caught up in these behaviors? Boys/Men feel like they are entitled to sex and they are shielded by a double standard (men are studs while women are whores) and girls, especially adolescent girls, who are struggling to be validated by men and find their place in the world, sometimes succumb to the lowest common denominator.If we could somehow keep religion out of the argument, we’d be better off. I think a heavy does of societal reflection would be better. As a previous commenter alluded to, Judeo-Christian beliefs engender a patriarchic worldview of men as lords and women as servants/property. Domestic violence plays directly into this structure as well as other entitlement issues that some men have with women.We need to change the dialogue in this country, to one of how we can view women as intelligent, articulate, thinking beings, not just projections of male fantasy. The Spears girls along with all the other examples listed have to take responsibility for their actions and the consequences. But, in a society where we ignore women who think and succeed in business and academia, and promote those who sell their bodies to promote fantasy – can we all be really that surprised?

  • Anonymous

    Just because “Bobby” can keep his pants one does not mean that everyone can, or should.I am not advocating promiscuity, but experimentation by teens IS a fact of life, from time immemorial. Education is the key here folks, especially for young women. When the media and society only validate women for their bodies and their “abilities”, is it any wonder why so many girls get caught up in these behaviors? Boys/Men feel like they are entitled to sex and they are shielded by a double standard (men are studs while women are whores) and girls, especially adolescent girls, who are struggling to be validated by men and find their place in the world, sometimes succumb to the lowest common denominator.If we could somehow keep religion out of the argument, we’d be better off. I think a heavy does of societal reflection would be better. As a previous commenter alluded to, Judeo-Christian beliefs engender a patriarchic worldview of men as lords and women as servants/property. Domestic violence plays directly into this structure as well as other entitlement issues that some men have with women.We need to change the dialogue in this country, to one of how we can view women as intelligent, articulate, thinking beings, not just projections of male fantasy. The Spears girls along with all the other examples listed have to take responsibility for their actions and the consequences. But, in a society where we ignore women who think and succeed in business and academia, and promote those who sell their bodies to promote fantasy – can we all be really that surprised?

  • oldhonky

    Another fantastic success for ‘abstinence ed.’

  • Ed

    She must have missed the week of abstinence-only sex education.

  • Jonathon

    Jesus was not the immaculate conception. MARY was the immaculate conception. She was immaculately conceived so as not to be tainted by original sin, thus she could be the vessel of God’s Son. Jesus was was begotten of the holy spirit. BEGOTTEN NOT MADE, one in being with the father.As far as JLS – I feel sorry for her b/c she has made her live much harder than it needed to be and has included another person, which they did not ask for. This has nothing to do with white/black – it has to do with her celebrity status. If it were Moesha a few years back, you all would be arguing the same things… Bottom line is this – We all need to do a better job of not judging our fellow beings. We all need to do a better job of treating others as we would like to be treated.

  • Ray in NC

    Proof positive: you can take white trash out of the trailer park and give her tons of money, but she still remains white trash. The author needs a reality check with regards to what she ‘thinks’ is the history of her religion and the reality of the actual history. Christianity, as practiced by the majority of established churches, is inherently misogynistic in nature. Her version of the discussion at the last supper is grossly out of step with reality. For a grad student, your incredibly naive and uninformed. And this is the kind of tripe that gets published?

  • Bee

    “To take responsibility for one’s actions by keeping the baby is far better than allowing it to be murdered.”Abortion isn’t murder, nor is it a sin. I know this because I am just as Christian as you, and God told me so.”We all say that it didnt mean to happen or it was and accident but if your having sex without a condom then you meant to get pregnant…And if anyone has anything to say about what i wrote well then keep it to yourself because its my opinion.”You have no way of knowing whether or not she used a condom. They do break, you know. And my opinion is that you should learn to spell and form a cohesive statement before posting on these fora.

  • CM

    What’s important to look at here is the culture in which we live. Yes, abstenance-only sex-ed is silly and ahistorical, but it’s an issue that many people feel very strongly about. Unfortunately, the indistry that both Britney and Jamie-Lynn are in is one in which sex is pushed, sold, and broadcasted, all day long. In this day and age, in particular, our young people are targeted by the media with a relentless bombardment of messages to have sex and look sexy, while simultaneously being told by teachers and parents to “just say no”. This contradictory message isn’t working. It’s easy to criticize Jamie-Lynn selling her story to OK magazine, and this may have been a bad decision – stage mothers aside – but the Spears family is probably just trying to do damage control in the way the industry mandates it be done. When a politician faces a scandal, they hold a press conference. When you screw up in Hollywood, you give interviews to magazines, you go on Oprah and Tyra.. they’re playing the game, and it’s our choice to care or not care, to watch or not watch. She’s 16, she made a mistake, and these things happen. I could have been in a very similar situation at the age of 15, but wasn’t. Let’s move on.

  • jesus

    Your ignorance knows no bounds. Why would the Washington Post link itself to such pathetic reasoning. In this one article, the author shows a complete lack of understanding of the bible and of history in general. Does she really want to compare Jamie Lynn with the mother of Christ?! The editor should be fired.

  • Leslie

    First of all, why are people calling her a slut for having intercourse with her boyfriend? Last time I checked, consensual intercourse was a natural, fun, loving and entirely healthy activity. An activity that, I might add, happens in many other countries outside the U.S. at a much earlier age than 16 as part of religious and culturally-sanctioned arranged marriages. I’m not advocating teen intercourse, but I am saying that people need to lay off the judgment. What works for your values isn’t what works for everyone else’s.Second of all, the calls for statutory rape charges against the father are ridiculous (just as they were in the case of the young black man who is now in jail). Consensual sex is not a crime, and the fact that we prosecute young men for sleeping with their girlfriends while many rapists go unpunished (after putting the victim through a whole slew of humiliating testimony to prove they “weren’t asking for it”) is just plain absurd. Not to mention a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. I’d much rather that money be spent going after parents who are delinquent on their child support payments.Finally, where are all the conservative Christians out there who advocate for pro-life policies, including restricting access to birth control??? Now is the time to step up and preach about how a child is a “blessing” to a family, and while the timing might not be great, teen parents deserve society’s love and support. Not judgment, name-calling and public derision, because those create the “culture of shame” that encourages young, unmarried women to seek abortions. If America is going to deny women the right to control our reproduction through access to contraception and medical procedures, America needs to change its tune when it comes to pregnancy and parenthood. Note I say PARENThood, not just MOTHERhood, because the fathers need to feel the weight of America’s moral expectations, too. (I didn’t hear anyone call Casey a “slut”, ahem…)

  • Ramone

    Stupid IS as stupid DOES. It must be heriditary…

  • G

    Where is the cake.

  • Norrie Hoyt

    This farce proves once again the truth of:POST COITUM OMNE ANIMAL TRISTEBetter to teach that fact than the supposed moral virtues of abstinence.The Bush administration should switch its abstinence-teaching grants to the teaching of Latin – it would do everyone more good.For those who prefer English:FORNICATE IN HASTE OR MORE SLOWLY, REPENT AT LEISURE

  • Bobby

    “Just because “Bobby” can keep his pants one does not mean that everyone can, or should.”I was simply showing Fusar that his absolutist statement that no teens are abstinent was baloney.” a previous commenter alluded to, Judeo-Christian beliefs engender a patriarchic worldview of men as lords and women as servants/property.”When I teach my son and daughter to save sex for marriage it has nothing to do with advancing a men=lord, women=property babble agenda. Its simply the moral, decent thing to teach them.The sneering comments about abstinence need to remember that these classes would not be needed f parents at home stopped treating premarital sex by kids with a mischievous wink and a grin.yeah, throw more contraceptives at them without telling them that certain actions are wrong. God forbid we restrain their playful young selves from “experimentation”.

  • MrPogle

    To Give me a break: The immaculate conception refers to the conception of Mary, not Jesus.

  • bnk

    So there he was on a water-bedHe said, before it had really begun, I’ve been wading through all this unbelievableGod’s Comic

  • Cindy

    Campus Catholic, you are brainwashed beyond belief!

  • Buck

    What was Britney’s song,”Oops! I did it again?” :-)Good luck to her…..nice to see another statistic for teenagers.

  • bangalee babu

    How typically hypocritical of a person to exploit the condition of little Ms. Spears while lamenting how she’s being exploited.BTW Ms. Spears and her older sibling are prime time examples of how good Christian women live these days when money and fame go to their heads and they get exploited by the media, hollywood, the music industry, family, friends, and of course significant others.We should invade other countries less often and try and invest in bringing morality and ethical conduct back into mainstream life. Pity is when our elected leaders play footsie in bathroom stalls can we expect moral and ethical leadership from them!

  • anon

    I love it MHR. Obviously, you are a conservative. Think back to the “good old days” that you long for when girls got pregnant as soon as they could. During the height of christian influence, girls were being married offn and impregnated by men twice their age. That sounds great, as long as you can be forgiven by Christians, doesn’t it?

  • Lito

    I am baffle. The real issue here is not whether teenage girls get pregnant or the other non-sense mentioned. The real issue is, at least for me, our youth is having unproctected sex and getting infected with HIV or uncurable STD’s. I’m glad Jamie Lynn is pregrant and not diagnosed with HIV.

  • PAHairston

    It’s not the end of the world when a celebrity, or any female for that matter, is having a baby at sweet sixteen. After all, mother nature meant for women to have their children young (maybe not this young) but definitely before 30 to have your first child. This is why young women get pregnant so easily, and usually have their babies without complications. As for all you commenting negatively, I guess you didn’t have sex at that age? Hell, like the article states, the majority of women in America lose their virginity around age 16. Don’t get me wrong, I do not condone this behavior. Hell, if I were a teacher, I’d teach my students to view their bodies as temples, to let no one come asunder. Anyway, she gots plenty of money to take care of this child, that’s for sure. Peace.

  • Chris

    “Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, especially during Advent. Jesus Christ was born to one.”Um, Mary was married to Joseph by the time Christ was born. Also, the age that young women married and had children was typically in the teen years back 2000 years ago. As the centuries have passed, the age where it is socially acceptable to be pregnant has risen as well.

  • Spectator2

    Jamie Lynn is so young that Ma Spears (the elder) probably still has her baby clothes lying around somewhere that Ma Spears (the younger) can swaddle her brat in.

  • PAHairston

    It’s not the end of the world when a celebrity, or any female for that matter, is having a baby at sweet sixteen. After all, mother nature meant for women to have their children young (maybe not this young) but definitely before 30 to have your first child. This is why young women get pregnant so easily, and usually have their babies without complications. As for all you commenting negatively, I guess you didn’t have sex at that age? Hell, like the article states, the majority of women in America lose their virginity around age 16. Don’t get me wrong, I do not condone this behavior. Hell, if I were a teacher, I’d teach my students to view their bodies as temples, to let no one come asunder. Anyway, she gots plenty of money to take care of this child, that’s for sure, which certainly helps and makes a difference. Me? I’d rather raise a baby rich and unhappy than poor and unhappy any day. Peace.

  • fusar

    Bobby,Who ever said that teen sex is not OK? Christianity says that it is not OK! Christianity will never ever fix this problem. Have you established a moral age for doing anything? That age has been set to age 18 in this society when you would be deemed a responsible adult. Have your babies then young girl when your mommy and daddy do not have to provide sustenance for the “little bastard/s”. I hate the word bastard. I abhor and loath it. Yet on the other hand, Why don’t Christians re-write the Bible to establish the age when you can become sexually viable or ready. Women or girls can get it on at age 13. It happens every day in this moral Christian world.

  • DerekZ

    Your writing sounds more like a PR piece for “the Church” than journalism… snore.

  • Lee

    the MOM has Parenting BOOK OUT!? Woah. . .Now why does that seem wrong? Why did the mother let her 16 year old daughter live with her 19 year old boyfriend? Well. . . its no wonder she got pregnant then.

  • Bobby

    You are incoherent Fusar.Here’s a simplification for you:Get married and then have sex. If you dont thats fine, but if Ms.Spears (mother and daughter) followed thru on my friendly advice we wouldn’t be having this discussion now would we?

  • Mark

    I think a lot of the backlash is in part due to people enjoying (rightly or wrongly) the hypocrisy of the whole situation. The Spears girls have spent large parts of their “careers” promoting chastity, innocence, virtue. Despite Britney’s sexy image, she took great pains to tell everyone she’d be a virgin till marriage, etc. Her sister was happy to be the star of a kids network. When you make your living off this image, don’t be surprised when the public delights in your mistakes, especially when what you’ve been doing in private for so long is completely anathema to what you preach in public. Actually, I guess this could apply to almost any religious figure or politician…

  • Aj

    Bobby:You are incoherent Fusar.Here’s a simplification for you:Get married and then have sex. If you dont thats fine, but if Ms.Spears (mother and daughter) followed thru on my friendly advice we wouldn’t be having this discussion now would we?Posted December 20, 2007 2:38 PM Bobby,If Ms. Spears knew what a condom was, we wouldn’t be having this discussion either.Your friendly advice fell on deaf ears. “Maybe” the concept of contraception and protection would have helped her out.

  • GS

    Mark got it exactly right. Nice post.

  • Alice

    To “Trippin”…AMEN!! And to the “journalist student” who wrote this piece: girl, stop wasting your money on this degree because you’re obviously drowning your facts in a flood of “Christianity” and ignorance.

  • Bobby

    I agree with MArk about the Spears et al. hypocrisy but I disagree that no one is able to practice what they preach.

  • Timboleo

    Jamie’s boyfriend just wanted to experience the hotness that Britney had a loooooong time ago. What losers – all of them.

  • fusar

    Bobby,Jamie Lynn will be the last white girl to get pregnant at age 16. She certainly wasn’t the first. I wouldn’t be surprised if white girls start getting pregnant at age 13. Sex is natural for the wild human being. You must think human beings are more than mere animals.Who established that you have to get married to have sex? Who?”Well, you know, the bible said.” I know what you are going to say so say it. Say it Bobby and say it loud.I’ll have an opinion.

  • Keef

    This whole thing is much ado about nothing. Teenagers from inner cities get pregnant every day…and no uproar. Bottom line is that teenagers have been having sex for millenia..and will continue to do so for millenia more…its human nature…

  • Andrea

    Is this what ‘journalism’ is? Do you have nothing better to write about? And shame on us for reading this crap!

  • Bobby

    “If Ms. Spears knew what a condom was, we wouldn’t be having this discussion either.”Bull. Condoms can and do break during coitus and there’s nothing you can do to prevent that. Technically you were being safe and “Oops” is all you can say.My advice wins.

  • Timboleo

    Bobby, you’re living in the Stone Age, man. God is probably shaing his head, thinking, “WTF? I give them brains so they can develop contraception menthods, and they’re still adhering to rules from 2000-5000 years ago?!?”And JC is thinking, “Man, GWB is using those ancient rules to develop public health policy, and now he’s got the first rise in teen pregnancies in 14 years. Why don’t those people get with the times and EDUCATE, not intimidate?”It’s the 21st century, people. Either get with it or stay home.

  • tee

    I wish your bio hadn’t included you went to Medill.

  • Keith

    Maybe she wanted a baby. I know many 16 year old girls who do. Nature gives them the right to make that choice. Our culture and its evolved K-selection strategy is pushing the other way, so nature will also decide whose offspring succeed.

  • Andrea

    Jonathan,”Jesus was not the immaculate conception. MARY was the immaculate conception. She was immaculately conceived so as not to be tainted by original sin, thus she could be the vessel of God’s Son. Jesus was was begotten of the holy spirit. BEGOTTEN NOT MADE, one in being with the father.”This whole nonsense about immaculate conception came along when we first learned about DNA. Before then, it was thought that the woman’s role in reproduction was that of a vessel. But when people realized that women contribute half their DNA to their offspring, the Catholic church decided that in order to have produced a child (Jesus) free of Original Sin, she herself would have to have been born free from Original Sin. IT’S ALL MADE UP.Is anyone holding the father the least bit responsible in this debacle? Speaking from experience, the sexual pressure is usually coming from the male in the relationship (heterosexual-speaking) and the pressure to not use condoms usually comes from the same source as well. It’s not like she climbed on top of herself and got pregnant.

  • patrick

    Leave it to the Church to obscure the Law. I’m pretty sure the hub-bub about this person has been hijacked when the Dream/Idol maker machinery took her up as the poster child for compassionate rape.Yes, it’s Statuatory Rape. When is the Fella going to be arrested and charged with that crime?I dare say that there is a putrid double standard being exposed here; Take any other case of an adult getting a child pregnant, and you’ll see there is much pain involved. Lives are ruined.So what happened? Is the Boy a regular tither in church? Is that what’s made this an, “aw….” story?Revel in your advocacy of lawlessness, WAPO/newsweek.

  • maxwell

    Wow. Reading Ms. Tenety’s drivel I’m getting flashbacks to my hopelessly backward Catholic education. The ability among Catholics to avoid talk about a serious public policy problem by spewing vapid pieties truly boggles the mind.

  • George

    Two words: Who cares?

  • fusar

    The stud that impregnated Jamie Lynn is the man. He had to have it. I’ve felt that way before. I really didn’t care about the costs of it all. I just had to have it and she gave me the opportunity. That is a no-brainer – hit it. You can’t get blood out of a turnip. He has no money and doesn’t have to worry about a $10000 a month child support payment. He’ll be ordered to pay $50 dollars a week. The thought of paying this measely amount angers most of the child support seeking mothers of today. Their hopes are to get pregnant by a baller–someone with a six-figure income. Jamie Lynn has her money so she doesn’t need welfare from a man nor the state she lives. She’ll probably have 5 children by the time she turns 18. Sex is addictive. Holler!

  • francis bonner

    Mary was NOT married when she got pregnant so technically she was a “soiled dove”. Good ol’ Joseph married her anyway at the urging of his Creator according to the bible. I wonder what the citizens of his hometown thought when the story got out. “Poor Joseph.. that Mary. I knew she was a little tramp!!”

  • Jeff

    Bobby-Elizabeth Tenety – I respectfully suggest you use your educational opportunities to learn something about this world rather than trying to bootstrap current events and news into your preconcieved notions about life, religion and feminism.

  • Editor

    Elizabeth: Your article is spattered with grammatical errors. Bravo! to Northwestern’s School of Journalism.

  • webster

    Dear Editor,

  • Concerned Parent

    The vast majority of parents do not approve of teenagers having extramarital sex. That is not the kind of image Nickelodeon wants to present. Christian charity is one thing, but the escapades of Britney, Lindsay, Hilary, etc. are not fare for pre-teens. I’m tired of seeing my kids’ role models splashed across the tabloids.

  • webster

    Dear Editor,

  • Aj

    Bobby:”Bull. Condoms can and do break during coitus and there’s nothing you can do to prevent that. Technically you were being safe and “Oops” is all you can say.”My advice wins.Posted December 20, 2007 2:52 PM Bobby, No one says abstinence will not lead to a reduction (elimination) in teenage/unwanted pregnancies. But not everyone on this planet adheres to your Christian beliefs. Even among those who do, not everyone chooses to base their lives around what the Church says is or is not good. Obviously, the Abstinence only teachings have not been as well received as you would like. Protection gives the next best chance of preventing pregnancies and everyone who is sexually active knows that. If a condom breaks, there’s always a plan B. As long as you know about it.16 is too young an age in today’s world to have a baby. until the past 50 years, women didnt have the opportunities of today. its a shame to see a 16 yo screw up her life as well as that of her kid by digging this hole. Sticking your head under the sand will not prevent this from happening. Unless you go the Taliban route and segregate the women from the men, you will not be able to control young adults from engaging in this natural behavior. I’d rather have them educated in their options so that they can live their lives to the fullest as well as take advantage of all their opportunities than try to police them or even have them suffer the consequences of these actions.Not that the Spears family has shown any living signs of Brain cells in their actions so far….

  • Frank

    Our Campus Catholic wrote:”Young women across the country are taking note of the uproar.” What “uproar?” The only uproar is coming from the bozos in the media who have nothing better to do than make trouble and feed off the woes of a 16-year-old girl. In high school, A friend of mine got pregnant when she was 15, but I didn’t see any uproar from the Washington Post or the other media. This is “uproar” only because Ms. Spears is famous our Campus Catholic girl figures that it would be an easy article to write and she could join the other pigs in the media and feed off of celebrity. Yeah, eat up Liz. Yum, Cheap journalism tastes good.Why don’t you find something relevant to talk about, like how the Catholic church turned a blind eye to the suffering of European Jews during the Holocaust? Why don’t you talk about how the Catholic Church then aided fleeing Nazi War criminals? Why don’t you talk about how birth control can help prevent teen pregnancies and teen STDs? Why don’t you talk about condoms could save women and children in Africa and elsewhere from the scourge of AIDS? Oh, but that would probably require courage and also get you excommunicated. Oink, oink Liz!

  • Spatter Matter

    “Spatter” is correctly used, like when they say “blood spatter” on CSI and in court.

  • Kent Benson

    Why don’t you and Kurtz take out an ad in a journalism periodical and lecture each other . These trashy stories about exploited and developmentally challenged young women , including Monica Lewinsky , are not the result of popular demand .

  • kidding me?

    This is one of the most asinine pieces of fluff I have ever had the misfortune to read.The author is correct that teens usually have had sex by the time they are 16. However, to pour sympathy on this child and her “mother” for the “exploitation” they are enduring in the press is too much! They SOLD this story to OK, AND the rights to the first pictures! You can’t cry exploitation in the face of that. Well, you can … if you’re pointing the finger at MOM. And to share in the JOY of a 16 year old getting knocked up by her 19 year old boyfriend?Elizabeth, you look to be about my age. Wake and smell what you’re shoveling, please.

  • Timboleo

    Webster:Sorry, buddy, but “spattered” is a real word, used correctly in this case.

  • rebbe

    First, Frankie sweetie, catholic means “universal” which is what the church once was. So quit picking on the the etymology of the word.She is not the Virgin Mary. There are no comparisons. She’s only making headlines because she is the relative of a celeBritney. This is a fluff article that’s filler for the evening news, designed to jerk at the emotions. And it has, both ways. So it has been successful.Now, I’m 31. I remember being in my teens. If my 16-year-old daughter were seeing a 19-year-old boy (he ain’t a man yet, sorry guys), there would be a shotgun and lawyer involved. And if he EVER got her knocked up… Just run. Fast. My husband is faster than I am, so be afraid. When I’ve calmed down, then come back and sit. We’ll have some tea. Also, there would be a long talk with the 3 of us about consequences and future plans should I get news that there’s a bun in the oven. I can be quite reasonable. But I ain’t raising grandbabies and no kids are living in my house.What is it with these parents, not making their children take responsibility? I watched my own (younger) sister give up one of her own for adoption because she was too young to raise her. Tough decision and she caught some hell for it, but it was best for the child.I can hear the protests: “But she’s only 16! She’s not old enough!” She can get a job, learn to care for this new life. Or give the child up. Her parents learned to care for her. Now it’s her turn to become an adult. She just decided to grow up sooner than later. Her body, her choice.You’re old enough for sex? You are old enough to take responsibility for anything that may come of it. You will strap on a raincoat, get on the pill, use protection, any other precautions necessary.Time to grow up, kiddies.

  • Fusar

    The preacher is a PIMP. Give me all your money so I can buy a Mercedes Benz. I can’t preach without some tithes. Give it up all you gullible people. I’ll have you believe that I am GOD when I am done with the proselytizing. I can have you believe that you don’t need any of your money nor your wife. I am the PIMP preacher.

  • John

    To Ms. Tenety –Mary and Joseph were married. Your statement that Jesus was born to an unmarried teenager is therefore incorrect.

  • Editor

    Dear Webster: ‘Spattered’ is the correct word. I suggest doing a bit of research before commenting.

  • Anonymous

    Now, who cares about Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy? What is the matter with you, Elizabeth? Are you really so brain-addled?

  • Katy

    OMG – this poor excuse for a writer did NOT dare to compare the Spears girl to the Virgin Mother – did she??Jamie Lynn Spears appears on a show that is supposed to depict her as a role model for other teens – ending up unmarried and preggers at the age of 16 in this day and age is attrocious and certainly not “role model” material.Let’s also not forget the other Spear girl – Brittney who is so out of control, has barely been able to hold on to even visitation with her kids and is so badly in need of a real family that it is simply not possible to believe that the mother dared to pen a book on parenting while her two girls were falling so badly off the rails.Personally I think there is something quite sick and twisted daring to compare the prolems of the Spears girl to the mother of Jesus Christ.

  • Catherine “no hick middle name” Anderson

    The Medill School must be so proud.

  • fusar

    When you walk into a church today, one of the first questions you are asked, “What church are you a member?” The preacher has one and only one thing on his mind – money and getting you to join the tithers. More money in his coffers is what he is thinking. Oftentimes, there is the building fund and the we need this fund. It is a business. Church meetings can become very political. Some parishoners have no voice and will not be allowed to be heard. The ideas are too revolutionary and non-traditional. Religion can take a hike.

  • Frank

    Rebbe, Catholic has been spelled UPPERcase in all her other articles, so I’m guessing she means the one run from the Vatican. It was a nice try, but it won’t work. She means THE Catholic Church.You also wrote: “You are old enough to take responsibility for anything that may come of it.” What about young girls who are raped? What about girls in countries where birth control is outlawed, e.g. strict Muslim countries?Your folksy little comments are cute, but not realistic. If my teenage daughter got pregnant, I would do everything I could for her. Afterall, she is my child and MY responsibility. That’s what being a parent is all about — teaching your children to grow into responsible adults and helping them out when they forget the lessons. We all make mistakes, and few are so great to merit banishment. What good would it do me to have my daughter and grandchild living in squalor? Yeah, that’s a nice lesson to teach — you messed up, so now you have to get out. Not in my family. We take care of each other. Maybe I just care more.Remember, what would Jesus do?

  • Monty P

    I fart in your general direction. All of you.

  • Eric

    Who says she wasn’t instructed on how to use birth control? Birth control is NOT 100% SUCCESSFUL! It is unfortunate that a lot of people seem to not have been instructed about that important fact.Jamie Lynn does not seem like the type of girl who wouldn’t use birth control, or be dimwitted enough not to use it. If she comes out now and says she’s pregnant and that she’s keeping it, we shouldn’t judge her. I know plenty of people (I’m 22) who around her age had abortions and went about their lives as if nothing happened (of course I support a woman’s right to choose). I think it’s noble of her to keep this baby, even at the expense of her reputation at the moment, though I’m sure that the financial security she enjoys is one reason why she decided this. Why are we judging Jamie Lynn (or for that matter, why are we judging Britney) when we haven’t had our own lives under such close scrutiny? I’m sure that the paparazzi could find plenty of things wrong with us to exploit just as easily.

  • Eric

    Why should celebrities have to live politically correct lives when we don’t have to? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?

  • fusar

    Let me say that Jamie Lynn still has time to end it. Abortions occur right on up to the time when the embryo… Now don’t get me wrong here. I love life but if I have all of these Christians judging me and saying that I have done wrong, then I want to right myself of my wrong in the eyes of all the saints. Abort now or ye shall have this bastard in approximately 6 months. The sex was good and I enjoyed it. Can I do this again? Woe, good sex begotten (while the getting is good) by others not so promiscuous as I. You all are so jealous of my actions. Get your own life.

  • Simple Observer

    You people have all missed the point here. The cat is out of the bag. The girl is pregnant. The world knows. Who cares?! The real problem is that another child has the unfortunate luck of being born into this most dysfunctional family. When will someone come to their senses and sterilize the lot of them so no more children will have to suffer for the stupidity of their irresponsible young mothers or their idiot grandmother

  • summerskate

    How sad it is that so many feel the need to criticize this young girl! True, she could have exercized better judgement in engaging in unprotected sex. But is she not taking responsibility for her actions now by having the baby? Pro-lifers should realize that publically shaming those who choose to be teenaged mothers only causes others in similar situations to consider abortion!

  • katie s

    How sad it is that so many feel the need to criticize this young girl! True, she could have exercised better judgement in engaging in unprotected sex. But is she not taking responsibility for her actions now by having the baby? Pro-lifers should realize that publically shaming those who choose to be teenaged mothers only causes others in similar situations to consider abortion!

  • Andrew-The Right Winger

    welll…I want to ask…WHY IS SHE HAVING SEX IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! SHE IS 16 PARENTS NEED TO CONTROL THEIR KIDS! IT’S THE LIBERALS OF THE WORLD WHO WANT TO FIX THE PROBLEM WITH CONDOMS!! WELL WHY NOT TEACH ABSTENANCE?

  • fusar

    An 18 or 19 year old male is at the peak, at the zenith, of his sexual performance capability. It doesn’t get any better for a male. It is all down hill from 19 on. Most males know this and most women as well. Females had better enjoy the 18 or 19 year old male. I have been told that young males are experimenting with Viagra and Cialis, which makes the verility of the sexual experience for a female that more appealing. What female would not want to have sex with a male at his peak with Viagra to boot. She couldn’t say no at any age when she has become viable for sex. There is so much competition nowadays to please the female so that she will not churn the male and sleep around because of poor sex performers. Holler! Get real or close this forum. What would Jesus have to say about this?

  • JacyJ

    A few important points–1. She met the boy “AT CHURCH”. There’s her first mistake right there! Any good Catholic girl will tell you, those church boys will Fu#@$ you every time.2. Insiders will tell you that the Spears family is just FREAKING out right now…not because there is another mouth to feed, but because they really and truly now do not know where the $$ will come from, now that their CASH COW Jamie Lynn is off the streets. These parents and the world should not be shocked at Jamie’s promiscuity–They have been PIMPING their kids to Hollywood their whole lives, not allowing them to have a life.Let’s all pray to the Baby Jesus that Jamie Lynn does not become the kind of mama her big sister turned out to be……yikes.Moral of the story?? Dont ruin your life over kids when you are that young.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with what Elizabeth wrote except forChristians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, especially during Advent. Jesus Christ was born to one. Our particular religious history is one reason why the news that Britney Spears’ 16 year-old sister Jamie Lynn is three months pregnant is an important cultural moment.Jamie Lynn is a star in her own right, the lead character in the Nickelodeon TV show Zoey 101. After her pregnancy became public, Viacom issued a vague statement about their respect for Jamie’s “decision to take responsibility” for her pregnancy.Although her pregnancy is being portrayed by the media as an anomaly in the life of teens, in at least one way, Jamie Lynn is right on target with her peers: The average American loses their virginity at 16. Jamie’s decision to keep her baby was met with brutal scrutiny that few pregnant teenagers have ever had to endure. In some ways, the easier thing to do would have been to privately terminate her pregnancy. She and her family would never have had to endure this kind of media exploitation.There are many good people within the Church and outside it who have dedicated themselves to serving women like Jamie Lynn. In doing so, they model the Christ of John’s Gospel, when during the Last Supper, He set himself to wash his followers feet as a sign of Christian charity. Christians follow Christ in that way, to love the sinner and hate the sin, to judge not, but show love through humane service. Young women across the country are taking note of the uproar. Will the message they receive be that unplanned pregnancies bring deserved shame, or that women experiencing unplanned pregnancies also deserve unplanned joy?

  • Anonymous

    Skanks and Skags are all the same. They need to ball a baller. What? You Christians can’t view the world that way. My God! up or down here in the heavens. Heaven on earth, baby. It can be Hell on earth if you bring bastards into this world. I ain’t a bastard and it is still hell. Don’t look up anywhere in the sky. You had better keep your eye down here on Johnny the 18 year old Stud because he will knock-up your little white daughters and make them all “trailer trash”. That is the greatest fear and threat to a white man and his religion. Just can’t tolerate “trailer trash” – not since we stole America and had slaves working for us and amassing our wealth.

  • punxnbutter

    If you look at their family they seem to crave the spotlight at all costs and despite their income they will forever remain swamp trash. Consider them a sneak peek into southern culture where it’s a competition to have kids of your own as soon as you get your first period. Is anyone really surprised? Does anyone care to inquire how this “woman” even qualified to be an actor?I can’t believe the mother has a parenting book…was it released on April 1st?

  • Anonymous

    BTW – Wasn’t Mary married to Joseph?

  • Horny in Philly

    I don’t know theology at all. Never took a class. I’m not Christian either, so I don’t know if Mary was married or not. However, Ms. Tenety, you attended Georgetown undergrad majoring in theology and now attend one of the best Journalism schools in the country. Shouldn’t you know the basics about Catholicism?

  • Sully

    punxnbutter wrote: “I can’t believe the mother has a parenting book…was it released on April 1st?”It was due to be published next April. The christian book publisher announced the release is on hold, indefinitely. Oh the irony…

  • Wendy

    How about we all stop making a BIG DEAL; since this is not the first 16 year old in the United States to have a baby. Let her and her family do what they need to do to get through this time and maybe work on our own situations.

  • Andrea

    Anon,Re:Planned Parenthood and free servicesCould it be they must charge for their services because they are not supported by the mighty church? PS-the FFL and USCCB perform free abortions??”Obviously you don’t know what you’re talking about, bc FFL and the USCCB give money and support to pregnancy centers all over the country that exist precisely for pregnant women in need- single, married, black, white, ANYONE, to give them prenatal care and material and financial assistance for FREE. Even planned parenthood charges for their services – they don’t do free prenatal care or free abortions.”

  • fusar

    mary magdalene,You paint the reality. That sweet little child of GOD will need much attention. When you are 16 or 17 years of age, you will not want to sit and change any diapers and smell that s*^%t. You will want to go out and get drunk all night long with your peers. But that baby will need milk 4 or 5 times a day. The baby will need to go back and forth to the doctor. The baby will need clothes. At 16 or 17, you will not have your mind of those matters. So, you’ll (she’ll) dump it on your mother. Right? You had 20 minutes of pleasure and now you will be giving a mother some more pain for life because you can’t stay at home long enough to care for your bastard. Now, I see why you Christians are hooping and hollering. If I were the mother, I’d move to Siberia where I couldn’t be found. I’d leave the Trailer Trash. I don’t condone dessertion but I do understand.

  • glasshouses

    (1) She is a 16 year old girl who has become pregnant — and has decided to keep the child;(2) She is a member of a family that can afford to handle this, and has a significant income of her own, so obviously, there is no need for child support;(3) The father seems to be on board and supportive and stepping up to the plate;So what’s the problem here? Arguably, having a child at 16 or so is not the best thing to do, though the late Brooke Astor got engaged when she was 16 and got married three weeks after her 17th birthday to her first husband, who was 23 (still, she didn’t have a child until she was 22). And certainly such an incident is enough to get everybody hot under the collar — most especially people who know nothing about what’s going on in that young woman’s mind, heart, family, et cetera.It just amazes me how so many people are throwing stones and anxious to give their opinions when, frankly, it’s none of their business. Is this a nation of ambulance chasers? Stop the celebrity gawking and attend to your own families, your own troubles, your own issues. The world would be a much better place if we did something constructive with our time than spouting off (ignorantly) in forums like this.

  • Dianna

    Has everyone forgotten that there was a man involved in all of this? It’s so easy to cast blame on the pregnant woman, wag your finger “shame on her!” and totally lose sight of the fact that it truly takes two to tango.

  • Ron P.

    You people (and by “you people” I mean the religious fanatics that are screwing up our country) are so blind to the reality that this “poor girl” (I wish I was as poor as her!!) knew exactly what she was doing when she was doing it! She has an older sister who just had two children. She knew full well what the outcome of unprotected sex could be. Growing up in the shadow of her sister who, at the same age or close to, was made very much aware of the possibilities of becoming pregnant. Brittany was often questioned about her sexual activity when it was 1st discovered that she was dating Justin Timberlake. She protested loudly about her “Christian faith” and how it was wrong to have sexual relations out of wedlock and the results of unprotected sex. And Jaime Lynn was right there, next to her sister the whole time. This will only send the signal that it’s okay to have sex at a young age, unprotected, and that it’s okay to get pregnant. After all. If it weren’t for Brittany’s celebrity, these two would just be another pair of white trailer trash rednecks who got knocked up on a Saturday night.But what do I know. I’m just a heathen Jew.

  • RP

    What else would you expect from such a WT family? One sister is twice divorced with 2 kids, overweight and a laughing stock, and now the other, right on cue gets pregnant at 16! How delightfully predictable!

  • Ashamed American

    It’s embarassing that this made the news in the first place and even more embarassing that this so called “journalist-to-be” would contemplate covering such drivel. The Spears family should be sterilized as should the author.

  • Anna

    Please!!! , :?

  • fusar

    Dianna,Yes, but you are referring to the “king of kings’ in this society. He can do no wrong. His image will be maintained upright. He is the media. It can be altered to maintain his image on high. He is God. He can create wars. He can enslave. He can clone. He can nuclear bomb the world with the mere touch of a button. Do you know who I am talking about? He is none other than ‘Superman’! He is everyone’s delight. Black women love him. Black men dispise him and want to emulate him. That ain’t happening. Superman doesn’t have to worry about paying child support. He will always have a job. He had Sadaam hung. Superman can’t find Bin Laden. That puzzles me. He found Michael Vick and put him in jail for killing dogs. If Micheal were smart, he would have sent all the dogs he didn’t want to China. You know what I mean? There are a billion and 300 million chinese who need to eat. They eat everything including cats. Jamie Lynn’s lover will not receive any scruity, honey, he is the symbol of manhood in this society. He is above God. I’ll eventually have to work for the PIMP.

  • mainer

    I’m so tired of people not taking responsibility for their actions. The general public isn’t at fault for this dumb chick getting knocked up. That’s between her and the boyfriend (isn’t that statutory rape, by the way?).But it’s the mother who must also be accountable. What a schlocky job of parenting she’s done. And this was the broad who was writing a book on parenting? That is hilarious.When is the Spears family just going to vanish?

  • get real

    get serious are really having a disscusion about this

  • jashu51

    What was it she said, something about “being the best mother I can be”. Maybe I’m just an old geezer, but would somebody explain to me why her pregnancy couldn’t have waited 10 years?!? WTF does a 16-year-old know about being a mother?

  • KHAYLA

    I’m 17 —- ” I’m a happy mom ” (single)

  • jashu51

    Khayla—who’s the daddy? Do you know? See you on “Maury”! Later, hon’.

  • Timboleo

    Frank, that’s some hilarious shizznit! Keep it coming! Oh wait – isn’t that what Britney AND Jamie said?

  • Carmen

    To start, she is not the first or the youngest, and second, look who her older sister is: Britney Spears! The worst teenage role model since Madonna.

  • KHAYLA

    Who’s the daddy?? Mi Ex-boyfriend….

  • fusar

    To jashu51,A 16 year old women would know much about becoming a mother when after the arrival of the child. Have you ever been at the touch of a new born leaving the shaft of a vagina. Childbirth is real. When the doctor places the child in the arms of the mother, she becomes the real and authentic mother. The milk soon drain to the breasts and the milk sucking commences. You become a mother when the child can’t (finds it difficult) stop sucking on the breasts. The child begins to crave his mother’s breasts and the milk becomes addictive. Many mothers do not breast feed their children. The bond between mother and child becomes unbreakable. The milk from her breast is not like any other thing a child will ever have in his life. A mother is real. She becomes a mother instinctively (naturally). It only takes a microsecond for those instincts to kick in. It is beautiful. A 12 year old mother would engage a mother as quickly as a 40 year mother to be. It would be too long before the child vociferously screams for its mother. The child needs the mother and I hope Jamie Lynn will be ready for motherhood. It indeed is an important decision. You have to be committed to the newborn human being. The child needs to suck the breasts.

  • God

    You are all very sad people. Historically, pregnant 16 year old women are common and accepted. It has only been in the last 80 years that this puritanical, negative stigma has been applied to pregnancies of women under the age of 18. Many women were married by their 15th birthday. Why Jerry Lee Lewis legally married a 13 year old back in the 50’s.In an age where 14 and 15 year old girls in the inner cities and poorer neighborhoods around the world become pregnant faster than you can turn your heads away and pretend you don’t know about it, why are you so transfixed on this one girl? Because she’s white, pretty, blond and wealthy? I know you men here are jealous that you didn’t have the opportunity to father this child. I’m sure the likelihood that you’d stick around to be a part of the child’s life is pretty good also unlike the inner city and poorer neighborhood girls that you abandon. If you who believe in me declare that life is sacred, why aren’t the children of the inner city and poorer neighborhood girls even more important than this child? Why must these children go hungry? Why must they be abused, neglected and abandoned? I would encourage you to look within yourselves and ask what your morbid fascination is here and please leave Jesus, Mary and Joseph out of this insidious and saddening conversation.

  • rob

    This College Catholic sounds like a deluded lunatic! Get over yourself, and your cult of the stupid already. Crazy Christians, simple victims of fraud, or just plain stupid? At any rate, her little piece could not have been more self serving, or more deluded. The modern Christian way. Hail the Second Coming!

  • Megan

    Jesus Christ was born to an unmarried VIRGIN teenager because his mother was chosen by God. Jamie Lynn will be an unmarried mother because she had sex when she was still a child, and didn’t use birth control, which is *extremely* effective, regardless of what the abstinence-proponents want you to hear. And perhaps also because her parents allowed her to live with a man when she was just a child. I cannot believe that you compared Jamie Lynn to the Virgin Mary. That’s got to be a first.

  • Joe Hellner

    Bobby,In one of your posts you note that abstinence is”simply the moral, decent thing to teach them.”Why is abstinence moral and decent? Is it not simply a practical behavior choice that eliminates the risk of pregnancy and reduces the risk of negative emotional consequences that could result from intimate involvement with another person. I see no basis to conclude abstinence to be a act of moral superiority or decency nor do I see other sexual activity choices to be inherently immoral or indecent. An example of immoral and indecent, as I see it, is when one person’s will is imposed on another through guile or force.As for young people, common sense suggests that if you cannot afford the consequences of risky behaviors, don’t take the risk. In general, life rewards the wise and is cruel to fools. For young people whose life, as they intended or wanted it to be, is “ruined” because they made a baby, I have no sympathy, no handouts, no job, and no help to give you. You made your choices, as we all must, now deal with the consequences. If you continue to be a screw up, others will step in and take away the child. If you choose this path, you are beneath contempt for such behavior is truly indecent and immoral.If you wanted a baby and are prepared to be an adult and do right by this new person by fully meeting your lifetime parental obligation (not easy when you have no money, limited education, and no useful skills), then good for you.

  • Ellen

    A. Where are all of the “pro-life” groups? They should be rallying around her and celebrating that she didn’t have an abortion, unless they are hypocrites.

  • Chaotician

    Good Christians,You can’t even find any verifiable proof that Jesus was even born much less that his mum was a Virgin, not to mention that he was a third of a God. If you choose to believe based on the word of a Roman Emperor, then you might just as well believe in Zeus!We have 7 Billion people and counting; it is not a good nor moral to bring this additional life onboard for irrational theology, parental exploitation, or childish naïveté’.

  • fusar

    To GOD,You are right. I wanted to father this child. First, please pardon me of statutory rape. I am jealous. I ‘feen’ and yearn daily for the forbidden fruit. I still can’t get any. If that baby shows any signs of nappy hair, it will be disowned. Today, you can find new born babies crying in dumpsters. It must have been a nappy-headed baby with thick lips. Michael Jackson extractd most of his big lips. Michael had his thick wide nose chopped down to a narrow thin long pointed at the end kind of nose. The new image earned him millions more dollars because after the series of surgeries were completed, he could crossover and appeal to the society that could buy his products. This strategy was pounded in his head by the record label who employed his talents. Michael chose the forbidden fruit to have his babies by method of insert the seeds (by a long object) (Michael get that long (or short) black thing away from my fruit) in her forbidden fruit vagina. This is the American way. Believe in my Jesus. If you don’t believe, I’ll have the CIA visit you.

  • Brambleton

    Ellen,Being “pro life” and the issues of youth pregnancy are mutually exclusive. From what I’ve read, this isn’t exactly what she wanted. But, of course, not having sex was obviously too big a challenge for her. I speak only for myself, but I would argue that she made a terrible, foolish mistake, but seems to want to accept responsibility for it by not sprinting to the nearest abortion clinic (which would be the cheap and easy way out).Chaotician,If only your own mother shared the same view.

  • jrkhan

    It is a fact that a 16 year old woman is biologically fit to have babies.My only regret is that Ms. Spears is having the baby out of wed lock. Which is a sin.

  • Chris Everett

    “Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, especially during Advent. Jesus Christ was born to one.”But they have more sympathy for the statutory rapist – GOD!GOD is a rapist!!! Turn him in!!! Get him off the streets!!! He’s a dirty filthy disgusting pervert!!!Put GOD on the SEX OFFENDER list!!!

  • Beltcher

    Looks like a case of Farfalotis.Farfalotis of the Blowhole!

  • Ted

    As noted a couple of times elsewhere, the Bible describes Mary and Joseph as married before the birth of Jesus–see Lk 2:1-7 and Matt 1:18-25 RSV.Religion aside, there is a reason societies typically strongly discourage sexual activity and pregnancies among the unwed, especially girls, and that is because most simply do not have the resources, economic or otherwise, to care for the babies alone. One of the (milder) ways this is discouraged is through shame. And when there is no shame for some–e.g celebrities–then others will say “Well, if its OK for her, its OK for me.” For most of these unwed girls and their babies this is a mistake that can lead to a very difficult life. Abortion is not the answer, but a little shame at sexual activity among the unwed would be very worthwhile.

  • Earl

    All of this hype on TV about this stinks. I heard all the laughing newscasters last night on Fox News, the dregs of all newscasts in the first place. 16 year old teenagers were getting pregnant in the 1950s (I was there), the 1960s and in the 1940s and before. Prior to the 1970s most got married to the young man. Some stayed married and raised their child, some got divorced and took their child, some got divorced and abandoned their child to the Dad or the grandparents, and some put the child up for adoption. This girl is no different from those who went berore, except she has a famous and somewhat disoriented sister. It’s time to lay off, especially laughing hiena newscasters and newspaper writers above all.

  • franbk collins

    shame on us. she gets knocked up and we are the ones who should feel shame?

  • Anonymous

    Ellen,So-called pro-life people don’t care about babies once they are born. The exception seems to be white babies or english or western european descent. People will pay big bucks for them.The rest seem to be left on their own to be raised or often not raised by whatever and whomever. A sad fate to be born but unwanted.

  • Q

    People are talking about why did they come out with the info so soon? well lets think about this, if they hadnt announced it, then it would have been an even bigger “scandal” then it is now. i mean the girl is going to keep the child, so why do people feel she should have hid it? to be quite honest, she shouldnt have had to say anything. but hey i would rather announce my own dirt and get paid $1 million for it, then to have some reporter or paparazzi think they busted me. but who really cares, she’s 16, having a baby, big woop. there are plenty like her out here, some who will be like her and some who are products of girls like her.

  • Joe Hellner

    Ellen,So-called pro-life people don’t care about babies once they are born. The exception seems to be white babies or english or western european descent. People will pay big bucks for them.The rest seem to be left on their own to be raised or often not raised by whatever and whomever. A sad fate to be born but unwanted.

  • frank collins

    shame on us. she gets knocked up and we are the ones who should feel shame?

  • Confused

    I agree with your plea for some tolerance and restraint but not for the reasons you try to argue. Are you trying to compare JLS with Mary, Aldridge with the Holy Spirit, the statutory rape with the Immaculate Conception, OK! Magazine with the Old Testament’s prophecies?It is ok to base this argument on the fact that the God you believe in is a God of love, foregiveness, acceptance and redemptionPerhaps Logic 101 should be part of the training for Journalism 101.

  • fusar

    To Ted,Ted: Betrothed is a promise to marry. Understand! They weren’t married. Joseph at sometime promised to marry this women. She had a baby while they were not married.

  • Catholic Dad

    Liz – Thanks for trying to raise constructive discussion about important issues: how families with Nick-viewing kids should deal with the Jamie Lynn Spears news and reconcile it with family and Church opinions on sex & pregnancy without marriage, teen sexuality, and family & community support of pregnant girls and women. Like many here I too have a hard time being sympathetic given the Spears family history, and I also don’t like the inequity between how celebrities & people of wealth are treated compared to others. But I still think it’s important for parents and church communities to use this “teachable moment” – especially in this season of Advent and Christmas – to reinforce the importance of embracing life once conceived, and ensuring adequate prenatal and postnatal care and support, while at same time reinforcing that premature sexuality and sex-without-commitment can have very difficult consequences. Merry Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but the judgement comes when you call something a “sin” in the first place. I don’t know anything about these teenagers or their circumstances (except that Britany is her sister), but the substance of the situation has nothing to do with Christian notions of sin. If the couple has enough emotional maturity they’ll be fine. Papers and pedophiles are immaterial.Well said: Most of the worst problems in this world have been caused by overbearing religious fanatics and bigots! Look who are making the worst unfounded comments about this girl? Maybe she is in love with the guy and vice versa. Just because it doesn’t always work doesn’t mean that it never works. Every time I think of old biddies, both male and female who run to church every Sunday and talk horribly about other people behind their backs and in whispers just burns me up.

  • Edward J. Cunningham

    Pulsar, get your terms right. You do not mean “immaculate conception.” You mean “MIRACULOUS conception” or the Annunciation. The “Immaculate Conception” does not refer to the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. It refers to the conception of Mary in the womb of St. Anne. Anne and Joachim had sex for this to happen. The “immaculousness” of the conception has nothing to do with sex. It has everything to do with protecting Mary from original sin, since otherwise Jesus would have inherited it.

  • Instigator

    If only there was some kind of birth control that could be given to people as they hit puberty that would last for the rest of their lives unless, after turning 18, they applied to have it reversed… but only if they proved they were mature enough, responsible enough and smart enough and financially able to care for the child.Then we might not have so many children growing up in hellish and nightmarish situations. I mean seriously… you need a license to drive a car, you need one to own a gun, but to bring another human being into the world, a human being who is completely dependent on you?Nada.Just doesn’t seem right.

  • Scy

    So this is America . . picking on a 16 year old who is pregnant and making judgments long distance. What a wonderful nation.

  • Disgusted, and then some…

    Elizabeth Tenety’s Campus Catholic column “Our Pregnant Teenager” sounds almost like some kind of rhetoric designed to obfuscate the real issue. Jamie Lynn Spears was very publicly committed to a stance favoring teen abstinence. In other words, she publicly portrayed herself as being a virgin.Now, this self-professed “virgin”, an actress on cable who has seen more success than most teens dream of, has now squandered her position, abandoned her rhetoric about abstinence… and she’s going to rear a child? How Ms. Tenety managed to spin this situation into a rallying cry to support and love Ms. Spears is beyond reason. Ms. Tenety seems to ignore such thorny issues as statutory rape, parental fitness, and the logic of expecting a healthy child-rearing home when kids are having kids.It should be remembered that Ms. Spears made a conscious choice to endorse abstinence, and appear as a role-model entertainer. Ms. Tenety cannot be allowed to ignore that.There are millions of unwed pregnant teenagers in this country every year who never had what Ms. Spears is throwing away. Will Ms. Tenety’s charitable nature extend to them, including those who are non-white, non-middle-class, and non-Christian? What about unwed teen mothers who are black, or American Indians? I think not. How many of these unwed teen mothers will ever finish school, get a decent job, or otherwise ever have a chance to get control of their lives? And how will their children grow up? If an unwed mother is unable to support her new family, will Ms. Tenety volunteer to move and take care of them both?Sanctifying Jamie Lynn Spears’ hypocrisy can only have one goal: the endorsement of the old world view that women should be kept barefoot and pregnant. My message to Ms. Tenety: you go first.

  • Rik

    What ??????

  • Jackie Rawlings

    Good Christian values as these young people met in Church. Now Americans celebrate this action as they do Britney. This young man has no worries as White kids don’t get charged with underage sex. But now Black young men who obey the Republican Christian law or as we’re seen they will go to jail for 20 years if they have sex. Yes this is the example of the Republican Christian Values of America. Rev. Huckabee’s son David tortured and kill a dog and Daddy had is case squashed. Michael Vick did the same thing and goes to jail. Welcome to the Bush Administration’s new American. Where lying and sex even child molestation like with Fingers Foley is legal, hiring prostitutes like Senator Vitter and of course solicitation for sex in the men’s room like Larry Craig. If a Black person blinks and eye in America he/she will got to jail.

  • griffey-griff

    Hey, this is par for the course. Most young girls with an older sister grows up idolizing her. Big Sister Brittany has not been setting the best example of being a role model. While there is plenty of blame to go around in the Spears’ family, we have to blame a lot on our society. Sex among teens is about as common as the cold. Look at the trends in the dress today. Our kids are walking advertisements for sex. Listen to the music, Alyiah for instance (“Rock the boat, work the middle, change positions”) AIDS does not scare anyone these days. Some are willing to roll the dice. If the young lady had any other common last name, she would become another statistic. But we seem to feast on the lives of “stars.” This is no reason to celebrate, it is time to pray. Hopefully, our teens in America will see the damaging effects of this young lady (and young man’s) action and change their ways.

  • AAGuy

    Fact is, she’s not at all typical. She’s rich, rich, rich (albeit exploited in a sophisticated way). But unlike most pregnant teens, she’ll be able to afford whatever she wants to make motherhood a breeze compared with the typical high school age mother.

  • An Actual Teenager

    Bobby-just because you might have waited for sex doesn’t mean the majority of teens do. because they don’t. sure a few may wait, but the rest will have sex. Abstinance only sex-ed is complete crap, if people followed the rule “no glove no love” we wouldn’t have people getting knocked up as much.

  • duh

    Considering that she was too stupid to figure out birth control, I do not have high hopes for her child.

  • Andy

    It’s sad how sarcastic and cynical society is. I can’t stand celebrity worship, but the bottom line is that, hey, they’re human. (I can hear you all cracking up; you know you just watch these people because they make you feel better about yourselves.) Maybe it’s a crazy ideal nowadays, but I really don’t want to see people hurting. The writer is saying she hopes that a tough situation this girl is going through can be made into a positive situation. I really don’t see what’s wrong with that at all.

  • alan

    KEWL… IT IS !so! CHRISTIAN for 16 yr olds to become baby factories……kewl…keep the women in the kitchen.. …SO CHRISTIAN!!!

  • Geraldo

    Ms. Tenety,

  • Cassandra

    Who wants to wiast their time on stupid teenagers?Teens like Liz are a big waist of time.

  • -a-

    Cassandra: :: “….I am a 15 year old teenager…”you–cassandra–are a 15 yr old that NEEDS TO LEARN TO SPELL!!!

  • Anonymous

    SEX is Not LOVE!A SAFE thinking teenybobber is a far going teenibopper.”Trailer Trash”? Ha, Interesting! Ya!

  • Anonymous

    I just feel bad for Jamie Lynn and Brittney’s parents…..how can you raise BOTH of your children like that?

  • Anonymous

    I just feel bad for Jamie Lynn and Brittney’s parents…..how can you raise BOTH of your children like that?

  • thishowiseeit

    Ms Tenety,

  • ssuraj

    The shame is on all of us who are interested in a non story like this. Who cares what some dumb 16 year old did with her life? She is probalby having a great laugh at this moment at how people are talking about her in Washingtonpost.com. Doesn’t this newspaper, supposedly the one of the best in the “greatest nation on earth”. have anything better to write about? Does it all care if about ratings or how many clicks its website gets? Shame on Washingtonpost!!!!!!!!!!!!11′

  • ssuraj

    The shame is on all of us who are interested in a non story like this. Who cares what some dumb 16 year old did with her life? She is probalby having a great laugh at this moment at how people are talking about her in Washingtonpost.com. Doesn’t this newspaper, supposedly the one of the best in the “greatest nation on earth”. have anything better to write about? Does it all care if about ratings or how many clicks its website gets? Shame on Washingtonpost!!!!!!!!!!!!11′

  • Ciap

    Good thing shes not Muslim eh?If getting raped gets you 200 lashes in Arab land I imagine a unwed pregnancy equals the loss of a head.

  • Robert Lai

    For anyone who believes in the wonder of life, Jamie Lynn must be praised for her stand instead of taking the easy way out in an abortion. All the standard forms of family and life are taken from boxes constructed by people with no experience at all in situations like this. It is Jamie’s decision and what right do we have to question her on something so personal and so wonderful, come what may.

  • disgusted

    eric,”Why should celebrities have to live politically correct lives when we don’t have to?”that’s the problem. we should have to live politically correct lives. what has this society become when people can be so amoral?

  • chris

    Hello All,A shameful reflection on the lack of morals in America.Tragic…Chris

  • JJ Cubb

    Was there a guy involved in getting little Jamie Lynn pregnant? What’s purple and is 3 years older than his girlfriend? Statutory Grape.

  • Krystal

    one things Christians fail to realize, is that it is NOT there place to judge anyone, when you point fingers your acting as God, and that there is a sin in itself, yes its a sin to bear child unwed, but its not no ones place to say so….the last time I was up to date on the bible, there is not one sin that can not be forgiven…..

  • JJ Cubb

    Was there a guy involved in getting little Jamie Lynn pregnant? What’s purple and is 3 years older than his girlfriend? Statutory Grape.

  • Maggie05

    Just proves my point. Parents should have psychological testing for their competency to have children.In this case, both the Spears parents and the Spears girls…children…immature developed kids.

  • Maggie05

    Just proves my point. Parents should have psychological testing for competency to produce children.In this case, both Spears parents and the Spears girls…children…immaturely developed kids.

  • Anonymous

    This is a joke right?

  • Amanita1

    “Feminists For Life” (i.e. Feminists Against Abortion) are not feminists. Ms. Tenety has found the magic key to getting her Stepford Girl views published in the Washington Post. A real feminist who knows something about pregnancy would define the so-called “abortion issue” as a problem of unregulated male fertility. Men are on average bigger and stronger than women and have, based on that brute fact, both physical and social power to coerce their female targets – and then refuse to allow them to undo the pregnancy they never sought. A real feminist would call men’s bluff on the fact that every abortion represents an occasion when a man chose not to contracept. A real feminist would not be welcome on the Op-Ed or Religion pages of the Washington Post. For further confirmation of this reality, go to the Washington Post male reviewer’s droolingly fond review of the much ballyhooed movie “Juno” about, guess what, a pregnant 16-year-old girl.

  • FLNonny

    How sad that this child was allowed, by a foolish mother, to “date” an older guy who legally could be charged with a crime. How sad that young people who are neither emotionally or physically ready for sex think that it is fine (and how pathetic that many adults do as well). This young woman is making the best of a bad situation; she could easily have decided to privately kill the growing child in her womb. For her decision, we should praise her and use her situation as yet another chance to discuss sex and abstinance and the ramifications of both with our children. Mine learned about sex at age 5 (gradually). One is age 13 now and the other is age 7. They know about the double standard, being used, date rape drugs, rape, what God and their parents want them to do (not that they will listen; kids always think they know everything) and the emotional lows that too often come with young sex (as a high school teacher I saw firsthand the pros for guys and the cons for girls). Ms. Spears should be praised for not killing her growing child; she is mature and compassionate in that sense. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if she allowed the baby to be raised by a loving, mature, non-Hollywood couple who cannot give birth themselves? God bless this young woman during this time. May she make the best decision for her child…

  • fred

    trailer trash with money is still trailer trash

  • Dave

    Louisiana white trash.

  • R J

    Point of fact is that the WORD OF GOD teaches love and forgivness. All have sinned and all fall short of the glory (righteousness) of GOD.

  • R J

    Point of fact is that the WORD OF GOD teaches love and forgivness. All have sinned and all fall short of the glory (righteousness) of GOD.

  • Tee

    What about criminal charges? Responsibility of the parents and the father of this baby? I am tired of people think that “oh, this will never happended in my neighboorhod”. Birth control? No..what about teaching abstaining until marriage?Read this:Wilson had been convicted of aggravated child molestation because, at the age of seventeen, he had engaged in oral sex with a consenting fifteen-year-old at a New Year’s Eve party. Wilson was African American as was the fifteen-year-old as reported by Georgia news outlets, The Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press[1][2][3][4] although ABC News reported that she was white.[5]At the time of his conviction, provisions for similarity in age that allowed underage consent to be taken into account were only applicable to vaginal sex. Because the case involved oral sex the consent of the girl was not at that time legally relevant.[6][7]On October 26, 2007, the Georgia State Supreme Court ruled that Wilson’s sentence was cruel and unusual (“grossly disproportionate”). He was released later that day

  • Norrie Hoyt

    FACTS, NOT ARGUMENT, FOR A CHANGE:An earlier poster stated that the young lady in question, at 16, was below the age of consent when she became pregnant.Not so. The age of consent in most American states is 16 or less, including in Mississippi.Check out The usual age worldwide is also 16 or less.Very Roman Catholic but also very realistic Italy sets the age of consent at 14.Something to think about.

  • Norrie Hoyt

    FACTS, NOT ARGUMENT, FOR A CHANGE:An earlier poster stated that the young lady in question, at 16, was below the age of consent when she became pregnant.Not so. The age of consent in most American states is 16 or less, including in Mississippi.Check out The usual age worldwide is also 16 or less.Very Roman Catholic but also very realistic Italy sets the age of consent at 14.Something to think about.

  • Norrie Hoyt

    FACTS, NOT ARGUMENT, FOR A CHANGE:An earlier poster stated that the young lady in question, at 16, was below the age of consent when she became pregnant.Not so. The age of consent in most American states is 16 or less, including in Mississippi.Check out The usual age worldwide is also 16 or less.Very Roman Catholic but also very realistic Italy sets the age of consent at 14.Something to think about.

  • R J

    ho-bag?

  • R J

    Edward J Cunningham

  • Hank

    She is just another pregnant teenager, and not worthy of reporting. It’s just more scandle put out by the MSM to avoid doing real news, like why the presidents administration is in on destroying evidence of torture, or how the constitution keeps being desicrated by this currupt president, or how our rights and freedoms are continually being curtailed for the illusion of security.

  • Usama

    These are the translated words of God in the Quran regarding sex outside of marriage and claiming slander against innocent woman such as Maryam; also the verse stating that Maryam was pure and chosen.17:32 And come not near unto adultery/fornication. Lo! it is an abomination and an evil way. 24:2 The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment. ____________________God’s WORDS exclaiming that Maryam, mother of Jesus (ahs), was innocent and pure in translation:3:42 And when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah hath chosen thee and made thee pure, and hath preferred thee above (all) the women of creation.

  • GeorgiaSon

    Surely Ms. Tenety is not a real person. Surely she is a fictional character created by Christopher Hitchens to post commentaries on the Internet in the name of Christianity in order to embarrass Christians. Surely this is a sick joke.No human being could believe that an out-of-wedlock, unplanned teenage pregnancy is some sort of blessed event. No human being who can ties their shoelace cold ignore all the accumulated evidence of what a disaster illegitimate babies are for themselves and the society into which they are born. In the annals of statistics on human behavior, there is no greater predictor of future failure than to be born illegitimate. Your chances of getting an education, a good job, and, in general, of leading a successful, productive life are significantly reduced if you are born illegitimately. On the other hand, your chances of dropping out of high school and becoming a criminal or a dope fiend—in general, becoming a failure—are significantly increased if you are born illegitimately. The downside of all the above is increased even more if you are born out-of-wedlock to a teenager. Ms. Spears has given us a pluperfect example of gross immaturity, irresponsibility, and selfishness. This is pure hedonism by a rich, spoiled wretch of a human being who does not believe that the rules of common decency apply to her. This is narcissism taken to the level of clinical psychosis. Surely, some court ought to declare the Spears sisters mentally and morally incompetent and declare them wards of the court until they learn the basic requirements for being responsible adults.But I would agree that Ms. Spears is not the real monster here. The real monster is the media that feeds on the garbage that spews forth from this benighted family. Britney, Jamie, and their mother have offered proof positive that you don’t have to be poor to be white trash. Because that’s the essence of what the Spears are. Pure white trash, acting out in reality the type of lifestyles that one would have thought only a third-rate novelist could have created for a bunch of ignorant, immoral trailer trash to live if they suddenly found themselves rich beyond imagining. What a stunning commentary on the sewer in which our media and entertainment industry wallow, that these despicable beings have been elevated to cultural icons. But then—who sustains that media and the entertainment industry? You got it. The American public. The people who surpass all understanding in their desire to know the daily actions of debased denizens like Britney Spears. The people who watch “Entertainment Tonight,” and TMZ, and buy PEOPLE and US magazines. Unless the rest of us begin pushing back, not only by ourselves ignoring these people and refusing to buy their garbage, but by organizing boycotts of the networks and the magazines and the sponsors who sustain them, we will continue to witness the vulgarization, debasement, and trashing of our popular culture.As a first step, let’s all do our part to send Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears into the obscurity they so richly deserve. Above all, let us not see Jamie but anything but the pathetic spoiled slut she is. Let’s make it clear that we will boycott any TV network and the sponsors of any program on which Jamie appears.

  • Bud

    “Christians have a special sympathy for unmarried pregnant teenagers, “Really??!! Surely you jest. From what I have seen Christians have a special type of loathing and moral repugnance not only for pregnant unwed teens but also for anyone who practices sex outside of the confines of marriage. And add to that the restriction that birth control cannot be used and you have an ancient, out-of-date, morally judgemental system of values which is, in some part, responsible for situations like Jamie Lynn. The Catholic church needs to join the 21st century, purge itself of some of its most damaging and out of date policies, especially with regards to the use of birth control and unwed sex.

  • Chris Everett

    WARNING!!!GOD IS ON THE LOOSE!!!LOCK UP YOUR CHILDREN!!!CALL THE POLICE!!!

  • Earlene Miller

    A friend of mine recently bemoaned the fact that his cat kept having kittens. I told him to cheer up, as they know what causes that now; he finally took her to the vet, and, ta-dah! no more kittens.For anyone at the age of 16 in this culture to say they were surprised to get pregnant, well, they know what causes that now. And there are multiple ways to prevent it.

  • Greg

    This should be as convicting for both society and Christians and here is why. As a Christian, I should know that I have been told by my Lord to NOT judge people because I am a sinner and am therefore not qualified to serve as a judge. We should feel sorry for Ms Spears (both of them) and do everything in our power to help them find their way and not worry about their sin. As a society, we need to be concerned with a trend that I have been made aware of by my wife (who has taught school in a number of places in the last decade) and that is the decreasing in age of the children who are at least trying to have sex. She has seen an ever larger number of children from grades 8 to 6 get pregnant. She has also had to report and stop more than a few elementary school kids from having sex as well. The most disturbing situation is with the 5 year old who has been caught multiple times in the bathroom and classroom with both male and female students engaging in oral sex. I personally think the only way abstinence eduacation can work is with a precipitous decrease in sexual themes in TV, movies, and the Internet. Otherwise, children are going to get conflicting messages and start having sex earlier and earlier and will be not at all equipped to provide emotionally for their babies. What do think about that issue?

  • JBE

    FEMINIST?WHAT does THAT word have to do with ANYTHING in REALITY?The woman is having an unplanned pregnancy. This happens to good christian girls every day because abstinence is against the laws of nature, regardless of what the TV preacher says, and TV preacher’s don’t like condoms. Nor the Catholic church. Unplanned pregnancy is the result.The morality plus here in America is that she is allowed by rule of law to decide what she will do next.Since she has decided to keep the baby we’ll be saved from images of Larry Craig and other politicians pounding the bible in outright hypocrisy, and flashbacks to Terry Schiavo.FEMINISM? You DO know that Gloria Steinem is a hypocrite panderer of a failed ideology built on hate, low self esteem, and facist seperatism who went ahead and got married to a man after all, right?OHHHH you missed that hypocrisy part, huh? Yup she’s a failed hypocrite just like her ideology is a failed hypocrisy.

  • JBE

    FEMINIST?WHAT does THAT word have to do with ANYTHING in REALITY?The woman is having an unplanned pregnancy. This happens to good christian girls every day because abstinence is against the laws of nature, regardless of what the TV preacher says, and TV preacher’s don’t like condoms. Nor the Catholic church. Unplanned pregnancy is the result.The morality plus here in America is that she is allowed by rule of law to decide what she will do next.Since she has decided to keep the baby we’ll be saved from images of Larry Craig and other politicians pounding the bible in outright hypocrisy, and flashbacks to Terry Schiavo.FEMINISM? You DO know that Gloria Steinem is a hypocrite panderer of a failed ideology built on hate, low self esteem, and facist seperatism who went ahead and got married to a man after all, right?OHHHH you missed that hypocrisy part, huh? Yup she’s a failed hypocrite just like her ideology is a failed hypocrisy.

  • nellieh

    One thing for sure. The parenting book written by the Spears’ old lady will fly off the shelves and overload Amazon.com. It will the biggest “how not to” ever written. It’s title should be,”HOW NOT TO PARENT FOR DUMMIES.”

  • John

    Frank, This act of stautory rape wouldn’t demand a penalty of $25,000 because JL’s boyfriend is not 21, but his actions could subject him to a fine of $5,000 or $10,000, depending on the age difference.OK people, who knows their ages?

  • Barz

    How Jamie Summers get preggnamt? SHe bionical woman who jump fences and things and stuff. She fight bad man. She mighty strong with bioncal arms and legs and magic ear. She pretty. Why make her with baby? She be fat soon and not binocal. I like the bionalcal woman show.

  • neo

    Dear Elizabeth:

  • tom

    Guess us libruls caused another PURE CHRISTIAN GIRL to stray! She made millions at it! Where’s our percentage??

  • tom

    Them Christians sure is cute!!!! Any chance of pix of her and Berlinerblau doing the you know?? The Thing??? Big Bucks!!!!

  • tom

    My God, you people are retarded!!!! Adolescents screw. That’s what they were designed to do! When their publicists forget to get them to take their pills, it’s called malpractice, not sin! Take a pill!

  • tom

    How did she get pregnant?? How about, in the usual way? Insert the lingam in the yoni. Move. Wait. Etc. It eventually gets sort of boring, unless you’re sixteen!Then you can charge millions for the tapes!

  • tom

    I’d probably screw her, all else being equal, though she seems to be an totally uninteresting person. Nice teeth; not much else going for her. But a pleasant way to spend a half hour for a dollar or two. Cheap whore.

  • barry

    The Immaculate Conception is about Mary being born into this world free from Original Sin. It has NOTHING to do with how Jesus was conceived. This is a common misunderstanding of a basic Catholic teaching. Ignorance CAN be corrected by education. Disdain of another’s misfortune is an act of ego that Jesus spoke directly to when He asked for anyone who was without sin to cast the first stone against a person who everyone knew had sinned. Some of you are so free with the stones of your tongues. I believe that Elizabeth was trying to make the comparison of the WAY that Mary was treated by those of her day who judged her with disdain. The point is this…how would YOU judge Mary if she were here today? Most of the people of her time had NO idea of the nature of her child. Pray for Jamie Lynn and her child. Don’t condemn her. And pray that when YOU make a mistake you won’t be in a situation where YOU are subject to the judgement of people who are as devoid of mercy as some of you are.

  • Neo

    Duplicity