One of the main arguments for the passage of Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage in California last year was that we have to “protect children.” How horrible it would be, the line went, if America’s children asked their mommies and daddies whether men and women could marry and mommy and daddy responded “Yes”? What a horrid outcome, the line went, for children to be exposed to the idea of men loving men and women loving women! Passing proposition 8 in California, it was asserted, would “protect children from early exposure to homosexual interactions.”
The people who voted for Proposition 8 were disproportionately likely to take their families to church services; two of the biggest huge organizational supporters of Proposition 8 were the Roman Catholic Church and the fundamentalist Christian Focus on the Family. What do these three Jesus-based religious organizations expose children to?
They expose children to violence on a weekly basis.
They expose children every week to graphic violent images of torture and death.
Look, kids! A coloring book! Does anyone have a red crayon? Remember Station #7, St. Francis beseeches the little children, and remember that it’s all your fault: “Remember, compassionate soul, that your sins caused Jesus this painful fall.”
And then there’s the cannibalism:
Some day when you’re big enough, Junior, you can drink the blood and eat the flesh just like Mommy and Daddy do! Won’t that be a special day? “The consummation of the Mass occurs in Holy Communion, where we eat and drink the Body and Blood of Christ.”
Protect the children?
You expose your child to all this every week, and you’re complaining that some day maybe your kid might learn that some men love other men and some women love other women?
You want to include violent images in your religious worship rituals, go right ahead. It’s your right. But don’t come crying to me in the next breath about protecting the dear, tender, vulnerable, impressionable children from finding out that gay doesn’t just mean happy.