Friday, January 25, 2013

Do religious right groups really care about placing children in homes at all?

The above graphic supplied by my blogging comrade Jeremy Hooper has me thinking about children and the religious right

It is from the National Organization for Marriage and encompasses a standard religious right talking point used when the organization attempts to stymie marriage equality, i.e. claiming that allowing gays to marry would deprive children of the "right" to have a mother and a father.

I have heard that same talking point used extensively by other religious right organizations such as the Family Research Council and politicians and public figures who carry their water, so to speak, such as Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

I am of the personal belief that a child needs a good home, regardless of whether that home encompasses the mother/father dynamic, single parent dynamic, or the gay parent (s) dynamic. No matter how much research groups like NOM can manufacture or cherry-pick, the fact is a home with love and support is what matters most.

And it's better than no home at all, which brings me to my point.

According to several groups involved in the adoption of children, there are over 120,000 children waiting to be adopted. In fact, one group, Children Awaiting Parents,  says:

Most are school-aged or older. There are brothers and sisters who need to stay together. More than 60% of the children come from minority cultures. The majority are boys. Many have emotional, physical, learning disabilities or mental retardation. All are waiting for the love and security that only a permanent family can offer. 

For all of their pronouncements that "every child has a right to a mom and a dad" and "children need homes with mothers and fathers,"  I am not aware of any effort by NOM, FRC, or any religious right group or their supporters working to get children out of the foster care system and into that mother/father dynamic they preach so fervently about.

No initiatives. No sponsorship of legislation. Nothing

The only time I hear these groups and individuals suddenly care about children having decent homes at all is when they are attempting to them away from gay households.

That tells me either these religious right groups and their supporters are willfully forgetting children in foster care or that they don't really care about whether or not children actually are placed in good homes.

Just as long as they aren't placed in gay homes.


Jason Dabrowski said...

It's a distracting argument because there are more kids in the foster care and adoptive care system then there are qualified 2-parent, heterosexual homes to take them.
So if a gay couple adopting or fostering a child deny's them a mother or father ----doesn't leaving them in the system deny them BOTH? How is that NOT worse?

And as far as surrogacy....Well, if not for surrogacy these children would not be born AT ALL. Period. What's worse, denying someone a mother or father, or denying them an EXISTENCE altogether.

So they prefer orphans stay in the system, in institutions instead of loving homes, denied BOTH a Mother AND a father and for other kids they'd prefer they not exist at all.

How is this Christian, again?

Glenn Ingersoll said...

"Children's Rights" has been a far right nightmare for as long as I can remember. Hearing them now claim that children do actually have rights after all is certainly amusing. If children begin to be recognized as having rights in a legal sense, rights independent of the needs/wants/desires of their parents, it won't end up benefiting the rightwing crazy cause, that's sure.

Stephen said...

In Brian's view 8, 10 or 12 kids sharing one mom and one dad are somehow better off than one kid with two dads. It makes no sense but not much that Brian says does.