SODOMITE ADOPTION DISASTROUS FOR KIDS
By Harmony Grant Daws
18 Mar 10
“I’d rather see a kid die,”a famous Mexican singer responded this week when asked what she thought of gay adoption. The singer, Paquita la del Barrio is now in hot water. Her expressions of personal conviction are described by NBC as “homophobic attacks.” It might be more accurate to describe them as timely (if fiery) critique: she spoke days after homosexual marriage became legal in Mexico City.
The sentiment is timely for another reason. “Every Child Deserves a Family,” HR 3827, is now before the US House. It would remove government money from American adoption agencies if they discriminate against gay would-be parents.
Many, many Americans believe kids do best with a married mother and father. But is it worse to have homosexual parents than no parents? Would it be better, as the Latina singer said, to die on the street? That’s the way the argument is framed by advocates of the bill. They say kids could grow up happy and well-rounded with homosexual parents but instead are aging out of adoption agencies and ending up on the streets.
Would kids fare so happily? Many governments say no. In many parts of the world including Florida and Utah, gay adoption is illegal. This isn’t old-fashioned prejudice or merely religious conviction. It’s also common sense. In 2005 before the Virginia Senate, Robert H. Knight testified to the obvious, saying, “children in single-mother homes can tell you that they don't crave another mom; they want a father. Kids in single-father homes don't crave another daddy; they want a mom.”
But there are far darker consequences. This year at a symposium in Mexico, research by neuropsychiatry and behavioral science Prof. George Rekers was presented which reveals that children adopted by homosexuals suffer from greater suicidal tendencies than in the general population. Presenters said “boys and girls adopted by lesbian and homosexual couples show a greater level of stress than that which is already generated by their status as orphans or children abandoned by their biological parents.” Rekers’ study comments on the well-documented fact that homosexual unions “are significantly and substantially less stable and shorter on average compared with marriages between a man and woman.”
Robert Lerner is a social scientist and author of No Basis: What the Studies Don’t Tell Us About Same-Sex Parenting. He says the documented greater instability of homosexual couplings is traumatic for children. In addition, “there is evidence that homosexuality, male or female, is associated with adjustment problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and attempts at suicide and, of course, there is the risk for gay men of venereal disease including but not limited to AIDS. It is not too large a stretch to conclude at least tentatively that high degrees of: family instability, sexual-orientation confusion, parental emotional problems including higher rates of mental illness, higher risk of disease from high rates of sexual promiscuity, may make gays and lesbians less fit as parents than heterosexuals…”
With respect to same sex parents adopting children, we as a society may have already repeated the mistake we made concerning divorce. When the divorce laws were liberalized (beginning during the late 60s early 70s and extending through the next decade or so), it was claimed that scientific research showed that the children would not be harmed and therefore a high divorce rate would not be a problem…Divorce can and does cause a good deal of harm for children… Although this finding is now widely accepted, the new conventional wisdom does not help the many children who suffered because their parents were told that divorce was perfectly ok. Damage occurred that was not necessary and would not have occurred except for the acceptance of wishful thinking disguised as social science evidence.
Will homosexual parenting damage kids the way divorce does? Yes.
Lerner suggests orphanages as a possible alternative for needy children. His words, like those of the Latina singer, would certainly outrage many. Yet in a great deal of the world, homosexual activity is recognized as a sinful choice that separates us eternally from God. One of a child’s most important needs is to be sheltered from influence into this desperately sinful and addictive lifestyle. And there is clear evidence that being raised by homosexuals does place children at far higher risk for practicing it themselves.
Several years ago, two University of California sociologists published research in the American Sociological Review which was hailed by homosexual advocates for proving that kids raised by homosexuals are different. The article said such children are more likely to live outside “gender stereotypes” and to experiment with homosexuality. Boys raised by lesbians will show fewer masculine traits, the study said; youth raised by lesbians are also far more likely to engage in same-sex activity.
Homosexual activists welcomed this study because they believe gender-bending and sexual experimentation by kids is a good thing! More damaging reports are certain to be hidden from view. In Scotland in 2009, a freedom of information request had to be used to get the results of unflattering government research into gay adoption. The report said children of homosexual parents are more likely to be bullied than other children, and that their parents are likely to ignore the situation for fear of being blamed. The Scottish government decided to do the research after the bad publicity of a government decision to place two children with a gay couple despite their grandparents’ desire to adopt them.
What others truths are being hidden by the powerful blinders of a pro-gay agenda in research and media? If HR 3827 is passed, religious adoption agencies will have no choice but to submit and place vulnerable kids with homosexuals. This is a travesty to the rationally sound and deeply held convictions of so many Americans.
Whether you believe homosexuals should be able to adopt children or not, you should defend the right of agencies to serve children the way they believe is best. HR 3827 is nothing short of forcing mercy organizations into social re-engineering, against their conscience. Please protect their freedom of religion.
Protest to your House member now! Call 1-877-851-6437 toll free; 202-225-3121 toll. Also call the crucial members of the House Ways and Means Committee (especially Republicans) demanding they stop the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act.” Names are available HERE at www.truthtellers.org.
Tell House members, “Please do not vote for the ‘Every Child Deserves a Family Act,’ HR 3827. It would force all US adoption agencies to place children with homosexual couples. Many homosexuals prey on children. And this bill would force religious adoption agencies to close. I and my friends will vote out any House member who supports this outrageous legislation.”
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