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.

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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.


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