Thursday, March 23, 2006

Okay, Tennessee, Listen Up.

Today, I'm over at Nashville is Talking and I'm looking at the various stuff going on in the state. Peruse with me right quick.
  • A murdered pastor's children are missing. Authorities presume his wife has them and, I would suspect, presume she is the reason he's murdered.
  • A Robertson County teacher's aide has been arrested on charges of molestation.
  • Some guy shot a little kid.

Who are the most dangerous people in Tennessee for children to be around? On any given day, if one follows the news, it appears that the answer is straight people.

Straight people are all the time killing their spouses and running off with the kids, beating their kids, molesting other people's kids, and randomly shooting kids.

I don't have any statistics handy, but anecdotal evidence would seem to prove that there's some link between heterosexuality and crappy treatment of children.

And yet, we don't ban heterosexuals from fostering children, even though most crimes against children are committed by heterosexuals.

Why do you suppose that is?

Maybe because monsters are monsters regardless of their sexual orientation? Or because it doesn't take a genius to see that if heterosexuals are most of the population and they have most of the kids, they're going to be most of the people NOT committing crimes against children as well as most of the people committing them? Or maybe because what one does sexually with other consenting adults has little to do with what kind of parent one is?

To go off on a tangent, for a second, there are some people who believe that every child should have a mother and a father who are married to each other and that the state ought to make getting divorced as difficult as possible to ensure that it's hard for people to break up two-parent households. And, when rhetoric about this gets heated, it often devolves into this idea that single women make shitty parents and cannot provide children with everything they need.

So, you'd think that a single mom like Tennessee State Representative Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) would be a little bit sympathetic to homosexuals who are willing to foster children. She, after all, is in another group often accused of being unfit parents.

But no.

In a story I first saw at Pandagon and followed to Out&About, Maggart is running around telling people that the reason she's opposed to allowing gay people to become foster parents is that

I don't believe taking these children out of one precarious situation and putting them in homes where there is an abundance of evidence that homosexual couples do not make the optimum family unit. We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have in some instances adopted them in order to have unfretted [sic] access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse. Some of the evidence we were presented showed that lesbian and gay couples have a higher rate of breaking up than heterosexual coupes as well as higher rates of promiscuity outside of their relationships.

Jesus Christ.

I don't even know where to start because the fucktardedness of this situation should be so obvious to anyone who thinks about it for three seconds.

But here we go.

1. There are not enough foster parents to go around. How can we, as a state, in good conscience run around begging women to choose life if we don't have a competent system in place to make sure that the life they've chosen to inflict on those kids isn't one of perpetual hell?

2. Most child molesters are straight men. By and large, study after study shows this. By Maggart's "logic" we should pass a law making it illegal for straight men to foster children. Look at that poor Russian girl last year who was adopted by that monster who sexually abused her and posted the photos on the internet for his evil internet buddies to enjoy. That was all over the news. We know straight men do this. And yet we don't pass sweeping legislation barring straight men from being foster parents because we know the vast majority of straight men don't have any even remote interest in fucking children.

3. In our society, a father and a mother who are married to each other is the optimal family unit. Does Maggart believe that single women such as herself ought not to be allowed to foster children?

There are already not enough foster families for all the kids who need them. If we ban homosexuals from fostering children because some homosexuals are child molesters and some are promiscuous and some break up with their partners frequently, aren't we also obliged to ban other groups with members who exhibit unfavorable characteristics, such as straight men and single women?

And, if homosexuals, straight men, and single women are not allowed to foster children, who's left? Wives of servicemen who are overseas? Women whose husbands are in prison for life? Nuns who are married to God?

Is it so important to punish gay people that we'll hurt children to do it? Is that what it comes down to? That it's so important for us as a state to make sure gay people know we think they're sinning evil freaks that we'll do it at the expense of suffering children who need someone, anyone, to give two shits about them?

Because that's pretty fucking disgusting. And Representative Maggart, I'm pretty fucking disgusted with you.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jon said...

Brain dead redneck bigots like this get me so spitting mad I can hardly think straight (no pun intended). It's a fucking embarrassment to have to consider them members of the same species.

3/23/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Yankee T said...

You can imagine how I feel about all of this. I defy anyone to tell me there would be a better family for my kids than mine. Both of my kids have good friends who have been abused by straight male relatives-either fathers or stepfathers. I'm gonna go puke now, excuse me.

3/23/2006 04:42:00 PM  
Blogger newscoma said...

I live in "the commune" with my girl, my sis, her hubby and my nieces. We have a pretty good life in a rather old house.
Maggart has no idea about the capacity of love, only stereotypes and hatred. I am tired of being told that I'm a second class citizen.
I'm pretty fucking disgusted too, Aunt B.

3/23/2006 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"fucktardedness" - wow, I like that word.

3/23/2006 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger J. R. said...

Think about how fucking disgusted I am.

Maggart is MY state rep.

I wrote her a nice email. It's reprinted at my blog (jrlind.blogspot.com- shameless, I know).

3/24/2006 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Walker said...

There is a decent Democrat running against her, to try to knock her out of that seat in the state legislature. His name is Patrick Gardner, and his web site is at:

http://www.patrickgardner.org/

Have a look at it. It appears to me that he's sane and sensible, and would be a HUGE improvement over the evil-spewing harpy they've got.

I'm sending him $25. In a small, rural district like that, if a bunch of netizens do the same, it might make a big difference, red district or not.

4/24/2006 03:17:00 PM  

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