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Marriage for Kids
WaPo goes after the minds of the children...
[Chris Field] 3/22/04
The debate over homosexual marriage has gone on loudly in this
nation for a while now, and the Leftists in the establishment
media, specifically those in the newspaper industry, have made
their biases known to the world -- from the front page to the
editorial page. But Wednesday the Washington Post declared a
new frontline in this cultural battle -- KidsPost
KidsPost, as you might be able to discern from the title, is
the page in the Washington Post dedicated to news for kids, providing
issues of the day written in a way that they will understand.
For example, Thursday's KidsPost covered March Madness, Tuesday's
KidsPost looked at what's going on at the National Zoo in D.C.,
and Monday's KidsPost was about children in Indonesia going to
the subject of Wednesday's KidsPost? Gay marriage. The page
articles on the subject by Fern Shen: "Defining
Marriage" and "What's
Best for Kids?"
"Defining Marriage" offered a look at the life of
a 10-year-old boy, Justin McGuire, who, along with his infant
half-sister, is being raised by his mother and her lesbian partner.
In it Shen labels the mother's partner as "Justin's other
mother" and writes that though Justin lives with his "two
mothers" he also sees his father on the weekends. Shen notes
that "Justin says it doesn't feel like a big deal, being
in this kind of household."
goes on to write that "Justin doesn't understand
how come his parents can't get married. They consider themselves
married, but they would like to be legally married. They'd like
to have a wedding. And Justin really wants to be the ring bearer."
to Shen, "families like Justin's are not unique.
The 2000 Census counted 15,000 same-sex couples in the Washington
area and 600,000 nationwide. Still, a majority of Americans remain
uncomfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage." KidsPost does not mention whether these "common" families include
two children -- a 10-year-old boy and an infant girl.
on to lecture the young readers of KidsPost that "People
who are against [gay marriage] say it would weaken traditional
marriages and society as a whole if same-sex marriage were made
legal. Many religions also teach that marriage is only between
a man and a woman."
subsequently notes in "What's Best for Kids?" which
religions are offering such teaching: "Roman Catholics,
Orthodox Jews, traditional Muslims and some Protestants." She
does not, however, mention any religions that teach marriage
to be between anything other than a man and a woman. Shen mentions
that some ministers and rabbis are performing ceremonies for
homosexuals, but fails to concede that that does not mean that
Christianity (which includes both Catholicism and Protestantism)
and Judaism consider gay marriage permissible.
also goes on to blame our culture for not allowing homosexual
marriage: "For at least 2,000 years, Western
societies have considered lifelong marriage between one man and
one woman to be the ideal arrangement for families and children." ("Why
the reference to the last 2,000 years?" you ask. Well, what
significant religious event happened 2,000 years ago and serves
as the basis of one of the world greatest religions? Hint: see
The Passion. Guess she couldn't help getting that dig in there.)
As KidsPost criticizes Western Civilization and the United States' Judeo-Christian
heritage in its own ways, it argues (subtlety,
of course) for a change in the law. How? By letting Justin's
fellow 10-year-olds know that he told Maryland lawmakers his
feelings about letting his moms get married, and that he thinks "if
his parents and others like them could marry" then "maybe
people would see that his family is like any other."
Fern Shen fails to mention that most Americans not only are "uncomfortable" with same-sex marriage,
but still oppose it by a margin of almost 2-to-1, as revealed
by a recent Gallup report titled "Opposition
to Legalized Same-Sex Marriage Steady."
So, since liberals like those at the Post can't get most adult
Americans on their side by presenting some sort of reasoned debate,
they are going after their kids.
If only they can get the kids to buy into it . . .
2004 Human Events