Maintaining inequality with a smile, and making sure children are just as callous.

There’s a new picture book out for kids titled God Made Mom and Dad.

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This is a great book that can be used as a tool by grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters to give to the next generation in teaching them and educating them of God’s plan for families between one mother and one father.

I don’t know why they stop at “god’s plan” and just assume that it’s good.  What if someone came out with a book for kids talking about god’s plan for slavery?  Even if you were to concede that god existed and it was actually god’s plan, the book would still be thoroughly immoral if the last pages did not say “and this is why god’s plan is unjust and deleterious to human happiness and societal well-being.”  Ditto for a book saying that gay people should not be allowed to parent of be married because it’s “god’s plan”.  Children should be nudged to ask why the Christian god is such a jerk.

So what is the adventure that convinces the book’s protagonist that marriage should be restricted to the narrow, Christian version of marriage?  It’s a trip to the zoo.

He prays for his classmate Jimmy and his two dads to learn ‘the truth’ about how God made them after a trip to the zoo where he’s told all animal families ‘consist of a male, a female, and their offspring’.

So we are to take our moral cues from animals?  Ok.  Why did Michael’s trip to the zoo not convince him to walk around naked and poop on the ground in front of his family?

And, as long as we’re looking to other animals for moral guidance, what if homosexuality was actually prominent in other species (particularly the ones closest to us)?

What’s more, what if plenty of species exhibited same-sex families/parenting?  Same-sex bonding and parenting amongst penguins is very common.  About 25% of black swan families consist of homosexual couples.  Males will bump hips with a female to make the baby and then, once she lays the egg, the males will chase her away, hatch the egg, and raise a family on their own.

So not only does this book keep your little Christian hating the same people you hate, with the same ironic smile, it keeps them thoroughly misinformed about science and how the world actually is.  You call it good, wholesome, moral people doing god’s work.  I call it corrupting children and, through them, the world.

And if you’ve got people preventing families from forming while citing their god driven support of families, with no awareness of the irony, you can be the American Family Association is lurking.

And it’s endorsed on the back cover by the American Family Association (AFA).

Their President Tim Wildmon has in the past stated LGBT groups are ‘vile in many ways’ and gays are ‘immoral’ and ‘unnatural’.

When it comes to gay families he has commented on same-sex marriage ‘it makes me want to throw up, the idea of two grooms – well that’s the way a lot of people feel’.

While AFA director Bryan Fischer has previously said kids living in gay families should be kidnapped and 20 young students died in the Conneticut shooting in December because the school didn’t embrace god.

If you’re demonstrating hate, it doesn’t matter how much you call it love.  That just means your definition of love cares not for the happiness of others.  If you’re spreading misery while calling it love, you’re just as culpable as the people who at least have the integrity to admit that they hate people who aren’t like them.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    I actually wrote out a reply that had some examples for nature in which things that people would find horrifying play out in regards to mating and families.

    I couldn’t post it. But it included infanticide and rape, so I’m sure god would have loved that to be part of his plan.
    Again, religion robs people of their humanity. And I’m not even talking about gay people. I am talking about the religious people themselves. They sacrifice their compassion for the sake of having faith in god’s plan.

    • kagekiri

      Yeah, creationists try to say “oh, but those animals weren’t gay/incestual/rapists/infanticide/cannibalistic/parasitic/infectious BEFORE the Fall!” It’s pretty weak defense, even from creationists.

      “Hmm, but even assuming your ridiculous hypothesis you’ve pulled from your ass is true, who exactly gave them all the ground-programming and physical structures and instincts to become all those horrible things post-Fall?”

      “……Satan? Sin?”

      “But isn’t even Fallen creation’s wonderfulness supposed to be proof of God’s creator-ship and even his existence?”

      “….You’re….uh…..demon-possessed! How dare you blaspheme! You’re a fool since you don’t believe in God!”

      I get pretty sick of all the Christian and super-hippies saying crap about certain things are natural, and therefore those things are always good/are the only way to do things.

      Dying to now-preventable diseases is “natural”, yet it’s not good (fucking anti-vaxxers). Millions starving to death as a form of ultimate population control is “natural”, but it’s not good (fucking Catholic anti-contraceptive bullshit).

      And yeah, they’re all too willing to sacrifice fundamental humanism for their supernatural crap; hell, the Scriptures of various faiths even TELL them to do so, as caring about your family or friends is putting them above god(s).

      • Andrew Kohler

        “Dog shit is natural. It’s just not very good food.”
        –George Carlin on the “natural” craze in food, etc.

  • exoraluna

    God + Jesus + Mohammed = HATE

  • John Evans

    If you haven’t yet, check out the Amazon reviews of the book Many of them are _hilarious_.

    • Andrew Kohler

      At present, the Amazon review break down is as follows:

      Average: 1.5 stars, out of 195 reviews total
      5 stars: 19
      4 stars: 2
      3 stars: 5
      2 stars: 2
      1 star: 167

      Of the 19 5-star reviews, 17 are satirical, and _hilarious_ indeed! Thanks for calling our attention to this, John :-) Both of the 4-star reviews are satirical or sarcastic as well (one person decided that there should be at least one entry in the 4-star category even though the book is vile), as are three of the 3-star reviews (one of which also has the “this category is empty so may as well choose it” rationale). The other two 3-stars are by people who are saying that those of us who are condemning this execrable “book” should be more tolerant or, something, without really addressing the “book” itself: “Well…I say….how dare people post negative comments on this book about this woman’s perspective and beliefs!” Hmm, maybe because beliefs don’t axiomatically deserve to be respected, but rather they should be evaluated as to their worth and rejected when they are damaging to others? And because freedom of speech does not entail the right to be respected, but does entail the right to respond to other people’s speech? And because positing negative comments is not the same thing as silencing a person?

      So, 2 of 195 (barely over 1%) of the reviews are genuinely positive :-D (And one of them just quotes Bible verses.)

  • Bradley Robert Compton

    Interesting as well that they say “Dad and Mom” instead of the more common “Mom and Dad.” Perchance some patriarchy smuggled in as well?

  • Ibis3

    All that, but hey they have a multiracial couple with their kid on the cover. What are we to make of that sign of progressiveness?

    • Zinc Avenger

      A heartening reminder that as society pushes forwards, even the most regressive find themselves ahead of where they were.

      • Michael

        The way things go, future Christians will have “always” been in favor of same-sex marriage, just like the abolition of slavery, votes for women, etc. Of course there are Christians who supported all those things, but the vehemently Christian opposition tends to be forgotten or whitewashed.

    • Glodson

      It is sad that reading this made me realize that there are people out there who would say this multiracial couple defies god’s plan, and this book isn’t bigoted enough for children.

    • Stev84

      And yet the kid is still white and blonde

      • Zinc Avenger

        Just like Jesus!

    • Michael

      I wonder why the couple didn’t have a multiracial child, instead of having adopted a white boy (Of course many couples are infertile, but its her story-she decides if they are or not). It would be too much for her target audience to deal with, perhaps?

  • Ani J. Sharmin

    I love how they’ve included what looks to be an inter-racial couple (at least, a couple with different skin color) on the cover. Also, according to the Amazon description, when Michael (the main character) asks his dad about his friend with two fathers and also asks if he (Michael) is adopted, “His father sensitively addresses both of these questions with love and compassion, and he tells Michael that he needs to pray for his friend and his friend’s two fathers. His dad lets him know that he is adopted and that he and his mother love him very much.” It just comes across as people trying to show how accepting they are by showing some diversity in families while advocating discrimination against other families. It comes across as a way of getting people to see discrimination against same-sex couples as different, as not a real type of discrimination.

    • Andrew Kohler

      Well said; I have noticed this trend in the past, but have not been able to articulate it as clearly as you have.

      Aren’t the author’s ostentatious, Care Bear-like heart earrings a nice touch (almost as nice as the “God Bless America” sign in the classroom and a verse from Genesis on the chalkboard)? Because her message about why some people’s love is sick and disordered is just so adorable and loving! And isn’t it great how she says her own book is “great” ?

    • Ibis3

      Ah. That makes sense. The multiracial stuff was deliberately roped in to show that the Gay Agenda people are wrong to compare anti-gay bigotry to racism and objections to interracial marriage to objections to same sex marriage. Sad.

    • Artor

      But they couldn’t possibly suggest that a dark-skinned man might actually SLEEP with a white woman, so the kid must have been adopted. The author is trying to show diversity & failing, as he probably doesn’t understand it himself.

  • rovinrockhound

    The much more accepting/realistic/friendly/not-vomit-inducing/… book “”And Tango Makes Three is based on the real story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo. I don’t know what zoo this kid went to, but unless it was Ark Encounter ( he was NOT told animal families are mom+dad+kids.

    Hey, check it out! You can sponsor a beam in the Ark for a donation of as low as $500/month! Somehow they’ve raised (they say) almost $13 million dollars. How many starving kids would that feed??

  • Aliasalpha

    What if someone came out with a book for kids talking about god’s plan for slavery?

    That sounds like a kickstarter waiting to happen, a satire of the child brainwashing genre

  • Katherine Lorraine

    Clearly an unresearched piece of tripe, since monogamous, lifelong, opposite-sex pairings are the exception to the rule in animal society.

    • kagekiri

      Huh, come to think of it, the opposite sex pairing that is most numerically represented in animals is probably a queen ant/bee and their drone male mates, along with their billions of female, non-reproducing workers.

    • Artor

      I’m watching my two male turtles as I type. Anyone care to guess what they’re doing right now?

      • randomfactor

        Shellback Mountain?

      • Katherine Lorraine

        Making a cake.