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06/24/2010

Jim Daly condemns gay fathers; Even blackjack patron who hit on '21' think he's overplaying this hand

by Jeremy Hooper

Nowhere is the socially conservative movement's desire to control every American family's life more on display than in the way they've collectively reacted to the President's simple Father's Day recognition of the gay dads who exist (and pay taxes) among us. And nowhere is this crude condemnation more prominently on display than in this, The Washington Post's editorial choice to have Focus on the Family's "nicer, softer" president, Jim Daly, disseminate his brutally discriminatory ideas in their mainstream outlet:

In elevating and equating the influence of a two-father family to that of all other traditional forms, the administration is, perhaps unknowingly, depriving children of the opportunity to have the very thing the president has so strongly and eloquently suggested they need most: A mom and a dad.
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...two daddies are not better than one -- nor is a mother dispensable or replaceable.
FULL: One father too many [WaPo's On Faith]

Elevating? The president did nothing more than acknowledge actuality! Actuality of families like Gary & Tony's (CNN tonight, 8PMET). How dare Jim Daly suggest that our families were previously in some morality basement before the President pulled us up and allowed us to see the White House light?!

Equating? It's not the President's job to make blanket statements saying that this kind of person or that kind person is wrong, or to cast judgment against this family or that family. Now, government policies have long done so against LGBT people and their kin, as this heterosexist, unequal world discriminates against our peeps every single day. And no, this administration has not remedied that situation. But when it comes to proclamations like this Father's Day one, this is not a President who is going to wage a rhetorical war against certain kinds of dads! And let's be honest: That is what Jim Daly wants. In his view, anything less than a condemnation = an agenda.

Depriving? How offensive! Who is to say that a mom and a dad family structure has earned a gold pass? And then to suggest that the President is "perhaps unknowingly" going about this supposed deprival? Well we would say that it's Jim Daly who is perhaps unknowingly offending millions of people who come up in this world through a home that doesn't meet FOtF's standards (including many subpar mom, dad homes, btw!)


This Father's Day situation is one of those times where the religious right's discrimination is simply undeniable. Because the only way it wouldn't be discrimination is if the many same-sex couples who have children either willingly or forcibly gave up their kids. And honestly, at this point: We really think it's fair to ask if this is truly what the "pro-family" crowd wants.

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