Think of the Children — When Convenient

My friend Sheila Kennedy writes about Eric Miller from the group Advance America, a Christian right lobbyist in Indiana who “routinely appears at the legislature to insist that we have to disadvantage gay people ‘for the children.'” And yet he doesn’t seem to care about children in unlicensed religious daycare “ministries.” Quoting the Indianapolis Star:

Child advocates have been pushing for decades for tighter scrutiny of unlicensed Indiana day cares but have often watched the legislature take little action, even as the grim tally of child injuries and deaths has grown..An investigation last year by The Indianapolis Star found that at least 22 children have died in Indiana day cares since 2009, with 16 of those deaths in unlicensed day cares…

Eric Miller of the conservative advocacy group Advance America has been among the loudest voices of that position.

Sheila responds:

So let me see if I have this right. Miller says Indiana needs new laws discriminating against gay citizens because children will be traumatized if they have two mommies or see gay neighbors being treated like everyone else. But Indiana absolutely doesn’t need new laws to prevent children from being neglected or abused in unsupervised facilities affiliated with a church. Because making a church follow the same rules that apply to other daycare operators will infringe their religious freedom.

Let’s call that what it is: utter bullshit.

Yep, that’s what it is. And hypocrisy.

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  • iknklast

    The idea seems to be that love and caring can damage children irretrievably, but that beating and abusing them in the name of Jesus will be good for them. Yep, that’s what my parents believed, too. I understand it totally. Being good to children is seen as “sparing the rod”. It’s not really hypocrisy, because they really are doing what they think is good for children. Not hypocrisy, just horrifying belief systems.

  • karmacat

    As usual, conservatives protect you from conception to birth. After that you are on your own.

  • d.c.wilson

    In fairness, those kids in day care centers are outside of the womb. If they wanted religious conservatives to care about their welfare, they should have stayed there.

    And what are these kids doing in so-called day care all day long any way? What are we teaching kids when we tell them they can “play” with toys and someone will bring them milk and cookies while making sure they don’t get injured or kidnapped? We’re just incentiviing lazyness. Those kids should be out in the work force, cleaning tables and scrubbing toilets for their betters.

  • Dexeron

    “Advance America”

    For a second I thought you meant that chain of payday loan stores.

    Looks like these people are every bit as shady.

  • Phillip IV

    Hypocrisy? Come on, it’s clearly just a matter of priorities. I mean, what’s the worst thing that can happen when an unsupervised kid or two fall out of a window? They can die, but that’s just about it. But if you don’t teach a kid proper contempt for homosexuals, you’re endangering their immortal soul! That’s obviously a lot more important. >_>