Sunday, June 26, 2011

A 'Christian' child was beaten to death, but the 'moralists' won't say a word

As we all know, the National Organization for Marriage has pledged $2 million dollars to reverse the recent ruling which gives marriage equality to same-sex couple in New York and to punish the senators who voted for it.

Well as far as I'm concerned, NOM can stick its $2 million where the sun doesn't shine.

You know why? Because of this:

Records of the Indiana Department of Child Services reveal that Christian Choate, a boy who authorities claim lived locked in a cage and died from savage abuse, wrote letters describing his situation and saying that he wanted to die.

According to the Chicago Tribune, DCS visited with the Choate family in Gary, Indiana more than a dozen times starting in 1999, investigating allegations of abuse and neglect. Authorities never discovered what prosecutors claim was the true depth of the misery in which young Christian lived.

Based on accounts from his sister and stepsister, Christian, who died in 2009 at age 13, spent much of the last year of his life locked in a three-foot-high dog cage, with little food and drink and few opportunities to leave. When he did get out of the cage, he endured savage beatings from his father Riley.

Part of me didn't want to talk about this story.  I didn't want to mention it for fear of being accused of exploiting the situation.

But my spirit won't let me keep quiet.

Two million dollars to keep punish lawmakers for standing up for equality? And by a nasty extension, two million dollars to remind same-sex families like the Gill family in Florida (who took in two abused children and nurtured them , providing them with the love of a family) that no matter how much they love their children and each other, they will always be inferior because God says so?

No. Not God. God never said.

His so-called messengers who have volunteered to speak for him have said so - the National Organization for Marriage, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Jason McGuire, Ruben Diaz, Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, and the rest of the assorted ecclesiastical odd balls.

Because people like the Gill family and same-sex couples in general dilute marriage? They take away from children "the chance" to be raised by their natural mother and father?

Meanwhile, a 13-year-old child was placed in a cage by his natural father and subjected to so much abuse that the poor thing actually wished he was dead. Pretty soon, he got his wish.

Why can't $2 million be devoted to stopping travesties like this?

As God is my witness, I am so sick of phony traditional values groups with more money than shame or self-respect, who will use meaningless hypothetical terms  and scare tactics to divide and distract simply because they lose battles to legally force the rest of us to abide by their definition of "family."

It's starting to make me sick.

All of us need to send up a prayer for Christian Choate. We should be thankful that he is finally with SOMEONE who loves him.

And finally, we all need to pray that these self-appointed moral squads (i.e. NOM, etc) get a clue or at least get the hell out of the way of reality.

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hank kelly said...

They don't care about abused children. They put on a facade about Christian and family. It's about power and raising money from instilling fear and hysteria about the evil devil (gays). It's America in the 21st Century. Some, want gays criminalized. It would make a Nazi proud.

Unknown said...

Hear, hear!

Linnea said...

Absolutely, Hank! Well, for that matter, they don't give a hoot about children at all, once said children are born. (They practically worship children while they're still in utero, though...) The religious right is a bunch of power-hungry, control-freak hypocrites, who live in abject fear that they're not good enough, and want everyone else to join them in their misery.

Jess said...

I don't often comment but I just had to on this story.
I work with kids. I'm working on my 4th-8th generalist teaching certificate right now and I've been working in after school organizations since 2006. I've worked with abused children, I've worked with children who were abandoned. I will NEVER understand how someone can do something like that to a child, to anyone for that matter.
I understand that everyone has their own pet causes, I have a few other than my passion for children, but I take issue when people ignore suffering, or make it seem that things like gay people adopting is dangerous to children. I've worked with children being raised by gay parents, they are in my experience more well adjusted, and happier, except for when other kids make fun of them for having two moms or two dads.
What is truly dangerous to children is keeping them in violent, and abusive homes. I would think that anyone would know that, but I've seen kids returned to the homes of parents who beat them.
Sorry this ran on so long, I just had to get it off my chest!

BlackTsunami said...

It's perfectly okay, Jess ;p

Jay said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. You are so right about the misplaced values of NOM and the other "oddballs" who ignore real abuse while hyping their fervid claims of some hypothetical damage to the institution of marriage.