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07/16/2008

Focus on the marital hypocrisy

by Jeremy Hooper

Jennytyree-1Responding to the news that John McCain has, via a spokesperson, kinda-sorta stepped back from the initial, sweeping condemnation of adoption by same-sex parents that he had issued to The NY Times, Focus on the Family's Jenny Tyree has offered up the following quote:

"He almost got this one right," she said. "He’s ignoring both the success of his own family — giving his children a married mom and dad — and the social science evidence that indicates that’s where children do best.

A comment that only highlights the rank hypocrisy that permeates the halls of Focus on the Family. For the little detail that Ms. Tyree is conveniently overlooking is that John McCain has not just given his children a mom and a dad -- he has given some of his children one mom, and some of his children another. That's because John McCain, due in part to his own admitted extramarital affairs, actually divorced first wife Carol Shepp. So before moving on with Cindy Hensley McCain to give his four younger children the "married mom and dad" world that FOF holds so dear, John McCain and first wife Carol had to break up the picture, perfect storybook "ideal."

Now, we clearly don't have a problem with divorce. Marriages sometimes don't work out -- that's a fact of life. However, we also don't run a policy statement talking about the damages that divorces supposedly bring to children:

From FOF's Marriage and Family site:
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When an organization DOES dedicate time to speaking out on the "ills" that divorce brings to children, don't you think it's just an eensy bit disingenuous for them to overlook this particular aspect of their family and marriage campaign so that they can place one certain family on a morally-superior pedestal?! We certainly do!

But of course in FOF's hierarchy of politically expedient standpoints, their supposedly strong divorce views will always take a backseat to those damn, pesky gays. It's simply more marketable to bash to the latter.

McCain Backs Off Support for Families Headed by Mom and Dad [FOF]

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You're so right, Jeremy, FOF focuses ONLY on what is expedient to their causes. We gays are FOE #! So much for "love thy neighbor"!

Posted by: tom | Jul 16, 2008 10:08:58 AM

This is one of the big things that has always bothered me SO much about these CONservative groups...the ignore what doesn't bring them contributions and play up whatever brings in the dough. If they actively spoke out about divorce, alcohol, and smoking the money would dry up because they'd step on too many toes. But speak out about the disease-ridden gays and it's easy to blame the ills of society on someone else while you write out that next check.

Posted by: Ken | Jul 17, 2008 10:59:16 AM

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