Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Peter Sprigg, One News Now defy logic to attack lgbt families

I hope you will forgive me for not focusing on Mike Huckabee's newest shuck-and-jive attempt to explain his homophobia.

Sorry but the words "Mike Huckabee" and "gay sex" used in the same sentence of paragraph is akin to psychological castration to me.

Instead, allow me to clue you in on something which you may not be aware of.

It would seem that the American Family Association's phony online news site One News Now no longer accepts comments.

I was aware of this for a while but I was waiting for a good moment to talk about it. And a piece published on the site criticizing President Obama for acknowledging lgbt families in his Father's Day proclamation is the perfect time to talk about this about-face by One News Now.

The article is so bad, so inaccurate that I was practically drooling to leave at least one small comment. But unfortunately, I could not.

Still, allow me to spotlight the inherent stupidity and meanness of the piece, which is best shown by this passage:

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council (FRC), tells OneNewsNow the president should have used the proclamation to celebrate the existence of fathers in the lives of their children rather than promote a controversial political and social agenda.

For the record, that's Peter (we should export gays when we are not criminalizing homosexuality) Sprigg.

But the funny thing is that I thought celebrating the existence of fathers in the lives of their children is exactly what Obama did via his proclamation. Didn't he say the following:

Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, or caring guardian. We owe a special debt of gratitude for those parents serving in the United States Armed Forces and their families, whose sacrifices protect the lives and liberties of all American children. For the character they build, the doors they open, and the love they provide over our lifetimes, all our fathers deserve our unending appreciation and admiration.

Sounds like celebrating the existence of fathers to me. So what's the problem.

Oh now I get it. President Obama included gay fathers and that's wrong because we know that gay fathers and lgbt parents in general don't exist even though according to a report by Gary Gates, Lee M.V. Badgett, Jennifer Ehrle Macomber, Kate Chambers of the Urban Institute:

* More than one in three lesbians have given birth and one in six gay men have fathered or adopted a child.

* More than half of gay men and 41 percent of lesbians want to have a child.

* An estimated two million GLB people are interested in adopting.

* An estimated 65,500 adopted children are living with a lesbian or gay parent.

* More than 16,000 adopted children are living with lesbian and gay parents in California, the highest number among the states.

* Gay and lesbian parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the United States.

After all, who needs facts when you have "Jesus" on your side.

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Another pastor supports 'criminalizing' lgbts and other Wednesday midday news briefs

Lou Engle Supports Criminalization of Homosexuality - Lord, please protect us from those who claim to follow you!

Live and let learn: NY bullying policy dots its i's without crossing its T's - Good news out of New York.

Obama's Plan to Help End Homelessness Among Gay Youth - We will see. The proof is always in the pudding. And IF the religious right has a problem with this, we need to publicize their words.

The War On Norquist Gets Personal - When the religious right can't get their way, they show their nasty true faces.

The White (House) Party With The Prez - 'nuff said.

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The single most ridiculous argument against lgbt parenting that you will ever hear

President Obama's acknowledgment of lgbt parenting has members of the religious right scrambling as they offer ridiculous opposition to the simple fact that lgbt families exist.

But now I present to you possibly the dumbest, the most INANE comment on lgbt parenting by Focus on the Family's senior director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy Carrie Gordon Earll.

The segment featuring her comment begins at 2:00:


ANNOUNCER: The President included gay families in his Mother's and Father's Day proclamation saying, "nurturing families come in many forms . . . a father and  mother, a single father, two fathers . . ."

Not so according to Carrie Gordon Earll.

EARLL: My husband is a great dad and we just celebrated that on Father's Day. But he's a lousy mom.

I'm sorry for what I am about to say because I try to have respect for opinions which I don't agree with, but Earll's comment was stupid.

There is no other way around that fact. So her husband is a "lousy mother." What the hell does that have do with anything.

Why is it that when these so-called pro-family spokespeople are asked to comment on the issue of "family," they make statements which makes one not only question their actual commitment to the concept of "family," but in the case of Earll, the concept of "common sense."

The fact that Earll's husband makes a "lousy mother" is not the point. The fact that he sounds like a "great parent" is the point.

You see that's what it's about - good parenting.

This isn't complicated. This isn't rocket science.

Some families do not have the "Ozzie and Harriet" mode. Not all family units contain a mother and father. That's just the way it is. Not all families are alike in that matter, but the vast majority of families are alike in the fact that they provide love and support.

And if Focus on the Family and these other religious right groups even cared about "family" or "reality," they would support all family units, not just the ones they think are superior.

One would think that an organization with the word "family" in its name would be more concerned with doing this rather than trying to create a caste system.

Of course one would also think that someone with a prestigious sounding title like senior director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy wouldn't come across as being completely clueless.

Focus on the Family is 0 for 2 on those points.

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