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.
In the days after Obama's Father's Day proclamation in which he had the "audacity" to include gay fathers, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage, and other "traditional values" groups have thrown out their usual talking points about how "children need a mother and a father," "same sex parenting is a selfish desire that will harm children," and other statements meant to exploit emotion at the expense of logic.
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.