Obama Acknowledges Two Father Families In Father’s Day Proclamation, Christian Right Flips Out

Secular News Daily reports:

As part of his Sunday proclamation, Obama included a reference to “two fathers”:

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.

Tim Wildmon, president of the far-right American Family Association, responded with hyperbolic terror. “This is the first time in our nation’s history that a president has used Father’s Day as an excuse to promote the radical homosexual agenda and completely redefine the word ‘family,’” exclaimed Wildmon. “Virtually all Americans have the common sense to recognize that children need both a mother and a father. But here we have the leader of our nation and the Democratic Party celebrating sexual behavior which is contrary to nature and pushing a household structure that we know is harmful to children.”

Wildmon continued, “. . . our president is so committed to normalizing homosexual conduct that he is putting the twisted sexual desires of adults ahead of the needs of children.”

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, a Christian organization which focuses much of its energy on combating the “gay agenda”, joined in. “If he’s going to mention the partner of a father at all, it should be to note that children do best with their own married mother and father, and the best thing that a father can do for his child is to marry the mother of that child,” says the FRC spokesman.

Apparently they think that denying the reality of two father families makes them not really there (just the way affirming the reality of God makes him really there).

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  • Capt’n John

    There is a demon afoot in this land, and the demon is not the President. I totally fail to understand why it seems so difficult for the “Christian Right” to accept that their particular and peculiar life style is the one which must be enforced for all humanity.

  • Cat

    Religious zealots such as Wildmon have no place in society. Good on President Obama for making this proclamation.

  • Johann

    Most peolple will agree that the best home for a child to grow up in is one where there is a caring, loving, nurturing atmosphere. Usually this is helped by the presence of two parental partners. Sure, if the mother and father are loving and commited then it’s all sunshine and lollipops, but what of the children who are given up for adoption? Or orphaned? There are so many of them, and only so many hetero couples willing to adopt them. Why deprive them of a loving family if there is a gay/lesbian couple willing to give them one?

  • Peter

    I just happened to find myself here! I’d like to point out this quote, “Virtually all Americans have the common sense to recognize that children need both a mother and a father…” that is a generalization, and something I do not recognize. So HA! Also, there is no proof that a combination of any certain sex makes for a better parent, at least so far as natural raising goes. There are influences by having two cooperative parents, but they don’t have to be of the opposite sex. Obama also said all that, it seems to me, not in an attempt to push homosexual right and acceptance on people, but rather to be politcally correct in accepting all outlooks of life.