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‘Same-Sex Parenting: A Form Of Child Abuse’ Claims Illinois Family Institute

by David Badash on July 18, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Same-sex parenting is a form of child abuse claims the Illinois Family Institute’s “Cultural Analyst,” Laurie Higgins, who points to avowed anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez’s piece, “Same-Sex Parenting: Child Abuse?

Lopez writes for the Witherspoon Institute — the folks who paid for the discredited Regnerus anti-gay “parenting” study — and Higgins, before she came to the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), “worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois.”

Calling it “the unvarnished truth,” Higgins states that Lopez says, “raising children in deliberately motherless or fatherless homosexual families constitutes a form of child abuse.”

“Exacerbating that abuse,” Higgins writes, “is the societal climate in which influential social structures have conspired to render it socially and emotionally impossible for children to express truthfully how they feel about their homosexual family structures unless what they have to say is unequivocally positive.”

Of course, this is all false.

Almost every major medical organization has agreed that children raised by same-sex parents develop no worse, and some studies actually state they develop better than their peers raised by opposite-sex parents.

Higgins continues use Lopez to pummel her points home with more falsehoods

“Lopez describes what all conservative activists already know: The homosexual community and its ideological allies have become a tyrannical, oppressive, poisonous cultural force that compels conformity and compounds the suffering of children intentionally denied mothers or fathers.”

Yes, there’s a reason the Illinois Family Institute is listed among the Southern Poverty Law Center’s anti-gay hate groups: Laurie Higgins is a big part of that reason.

Thanks to our friends at GLAAD, we know that Higgins:

– Refers to homosexuality as “a disordering of the sexual impulse”

– Equates defeating “evil” LGBT rights movement with defeating slavery and Naziism

– Says people must speak out against “deviant” gays: “volitional homosexual behavior is deviant, immoral behavior regardless of its etiology. That moral claim is not only a legitimate but also a necessary moral claim to make publicly. And we should be making it with at least the same frequency, fervor, clarity, and tenacity with which others are making the claim that volitional homosexual acts are moral and good.”

– Refers to homosexuality as “destructive foolishness,” right after she equates it with child sacrifice

And that’s just for starters.

By the way, a quick look at the Illinois Family Institute’s latest IRS form 990, which you can easily find online, reveals total revenue of $340,600, and total paid in salaries of $188,820. Total expenses not including salaries were $170,557, which means, yes, they’re spending more than they’re making, and it would appear that they pretty much exist to pay the salaries of their employees. Who knows why they spent over $170,000 on expenses.


Hat tip: Jeremy Hooper at Good As You

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BearFlagCitizen July 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Given that the vast majority of children who are from broken homes, abandoned, in foster care are a result of poor heterosexual parenting, it would stand to reason that heterosexual parenting would also be classed as a form of child abuse. Also not the mention that the vast majority of child abuse is at the hands of people who identify as heterosexual, that perhaps heterosexuals are unfit as parents.

This blame door swings both ways.

ladyinmaine56 July 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Couldnt agree more

elizapar11 July 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Also, if straights care so much for the children as they claim, why are there too many kids in foster care? To those who want to deny gays or lesbians the right to adopt these children, then you should adopt. If all the families who claim to be straight adopt, then there won't be any kids in foster care.

ladyinmaine56 July 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

People are always looking for something to blame the gays and lesbians…We are all the same inside gay or straight

Woodstock1947 July 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Lets see , I was raised in guess what was a same sex family-mother and grandmother,presumably heterosexual). So I guess by their definition I was abused.
Stuff posted by these groups which seem to have "" family" in their name is invariably synonymous with that which issues from the south end of a bull headed north.

Towanda July 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

funny how these people believe 1 penis + 1 vagina = stable home, but 2 penises or two vaginas = abuse

sdfrenchie July 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Our government is a form of child abuse. If they've stop pointing fingers at the LGBT community and take a good, hard look at their own policies, they'd see they're way off track in the responsibility to human rights and protection departments.

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