I was in the middle of a post of a different topic when I saw a news story today that made me so angry, I had to put it on hold. A conservative group, “One Million Moms,” has called for a boycott of American Girl Dolls and its publication because of who is pictured in their recent issue.
This article is meant to be for me today. You see, my daughter has asked again for one of those dolls. The past few years, she has asked, but I can not afford to pay that much for a doll. However, the past few days, since she’s asked again, I’ve been trying to think of ways to make it happen. After reading about this, I plan to find a way, even if I have to accept donations.
The American Girl magazine features an actual family from Maryland. So why would “One Million Moms” be so outraged by a real family? Well, this family is comprised of two gay dads, Rob and Reece Scheer and their four adopted African-American children. These are children that were previously in foster care.
What is their issue with this family’s feature? “Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong and God will not tolerate this sinful nature,” the group wrote. “American Girl doesn’t highlight other sins in their magazine.”
Ok, I get it. There are still going to be people who can not understand and accept gay relationships. Kim Davis is a fine example of complete hypocracy, hiding behind the excuse of religious freedom. Religion. That’s a whole different issue that we won’t dive too deep into. But, on that front, this group is claiming to stand for “Christian values.” Well, I’m pretty sure a good Christian would value the lives of children.
Take away that religion thing and this group is comprised of MOMS! These are mothers who should understand the value of children and the need for parents in a system that has left so many without families, homes and most importantly, the parental guidance and love all children deserve. How can they criticize two adults who have opened their home to children who were once abandoned in a broken system, facing a bleak future without them?
So, let’s understand this. You have a group of “One Million Moms” who are wasting their time criticizing a corporation for highlighting a beautiful story and bringing attention to a very serious crisis, the foster care system. These women are outraged at their sexual orientation so much that they would rather these children live in foster care instead of in loving home? Really?
These moms could be using their united voices for so much better. Why aren’t they coming together to offer help to the hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system? If they care so much about family values, why aren’t they helping these children find loving families to value them?
I’m a mother. My heart breaks to think of children without loving homes and families of their own. I can not fathom the pain they experience. My neighbors nearby have 3 grandchildren to love thanks to foster care adoption. Their son and his wife have given a life long home and family to children who were without both. I don’t care that they are heterosexual, nor would I care if they were homosexual. I admire anyone who has the ability and opportunity to save children from foster care. As a single mom of my own two kids, I am humbled by foster parents.
I am a mother, but I am not one of those “One Million Moms” spewing with bigotry and bias toward parents based on their sexual orientation or preferences. I am what I hope is one of billions of moms who applaud all parents who choose to adopt children from the foster care system and love them as their own. I am a mom who understands that love is blind to boundaries.
So, just know, there are “One Million Moms” out there who are exactly what is wrong with parenting. And while I’m not perfect, I am not one of them.
Children are not born as racists or bigots. It is taught. Sadly, there are “One Million Moms” out there teaching their kids hate under the false guise of family values. I can only hope that there is more love out there to counteract it.
Thankfully there are great parents, like Rob and Reece, who are raising their children to love beyond labels. Their 11 year old daughter, Amaya Sheer, had the perfect a message for One Million Moms: “This is none of your business.” And I couldn’t agree more.
Thank you to American Girl for sharing a this amazing family with the rest of us. I only hope we get to see many more just like them. I also hope I can find a way to get my daughter one of their dolls this holiday season and a copy of this issue of their magazine.