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.
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.