When Homophobia goes Wrong
Recently, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis held a (mandatory) school assembly to talk about marriage. It goes about as well as you’d expect:
“The first three-quarters of the presentation were really good,” said Bliss. “They talked about what is marriage and how marriage helps us as a society. Then it started going downhill when they started talking about single parents and adopted kids. They didn’t directly say it, but they implied that kids who are adopted or live with single parents are less than kids with two parents of the opposite sex. They implied that a ‘normal’ family is the best family.”
“When they finally got to gay marriage, [students] were really upset,” said Bliss. “You could look around the room and feel the anger. My friend who is a lesbian started crying, and people were crying in the bathroom.”
Then, the students stand up and fight back:
Bliss was one of several students who stood up to argue with the representatives from the archdiocese. One girl held up a sign that said, “I love my moms.”
A priest and a volunteer couple presented the information. When someone asked a question about two men being able to have a quality, committed relationship, the couple compared their love to bestiality, Bliss said.
“Most people got really upset,” said Bliss. “And comments about adopted kids, I found those to be really offensive. There were at least four kids there who are adopted.”
Hannah, who is adopted, said one of the presenters said that adopted kids were “sociologically unstable.” She called the comments “hurtful” and comparisons between gay love and bestiality upsetting.
In the end, the school officials and the priest cut the assembly short.
I’m not religious anymore, but I did go to three different Catholic schools from middle school to high school to college, and I can’t remember any crap like this. We had our mandatory school meetings, but those were limited to “Don’t do Drugs!” and what not. We had sex ed, but that was limited to how sex worked and how condoms worked and that sometimes, two people of the same sex were attracted to each other. There wasn’t any moral judgement, and there certainly wasn’t any of this garbage about how adopted and single-parent kids are “defective.”
I can understand homophobia, because hate sells. I can’t understand the anti-adoption junk. I think the Catholic administration is starting to go crazy.