Not surprisingly, the case fought by the ACLU moving through the appeals court that would strike down Florida's onerous ban on gays and lesbians adopting has brought out the very worst, and very false, so-called "Christian" groups in force. These groups that raise money through fomenting hate and fear towards the LGBT community continue to lash out as they see themselves called out more and more as the bigoted hate groups they truly are.
We'll be bringing you these views, with a healthy dose of snark, here on Bilerico Florida so you can truly "Know the Enemy."
And like the saying "knowing is half the battle."
Today's radical fundie group spotlight goes to the Christian Family Coalition, the Florida group masquerading as a "pro-family" organization who's real goal is to tear apart any family that doesn't fit into their narrow definition of family (or that doesn't give them money). Their tagline?
Winning the Culture War One Battle at a Time
Let's go down the rabbit-hole and look at this group and what they think about the henious adoption ban...
The Christian Family Coalition, which was also one of the groups that brought us Florida's Amendment 2, certainly has the victimized "poor little Christian" attitude down pat. They feel that if our country doesn't bow down to their demands and their view of how we should all live, then they are being persecuted. Not content to live their lives with the freedom to do as they see fit in their personal sphere of influence (you know, that pesky "freedom of religion" thing in this country), they seek to literally turn America, starting with Florida, into a theocracy run for and by radical Christian extremists:
If you want to keep America free we must work to make her a strong nation again by renouncing values that seek to destroy the infra-structure of the family and the future of our society.
"FAITH IN GOD ISN'T WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA; IT'S WHAT'S RIGHT WITH AMERICA."
And how does the CFC feel about the adoption ban? Why that "An orphaned child, placed in a home with homosexuals, is in a high-risk environment." They literally would rather have kids in a broken foster care system in Florida, which is known for not only not providing for kids but actively losing them in the system, than in a loving home with LGBT parents.
Here's their statement on the case in appeals court right now:
Christian Family Coalition Calls on Miami Appeals Court to Respect the Rule of Law and Uphold Florida's Law Protecting Orphaned Children!
The Christian Family Coalition had court watchers present as a Miami Appeals Court heard oral arguments over Florida's 32-year-old law protecting orphaned children from homosexual adoption. Last fall, the now-demoted Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, struck down the law as "unconstitutional".
In a few months, a three-judge panel of judges -- Gerald B. Cope Jr., Frank A. Shepherd and Vance E. Salter -- will decide whether or not to uphold to their oath of office and the rule of law by allowing the law to stand. Under questioning by the panel, Timothy D. Osterhaus, deputy solicitor general for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, said there was ample evidence presented at trial that homosexual men and women suffer disproportionately from a variety of social ills, such as mental illness and substance abuse.
``There is evidence that homosexuals have higher rates of mental disorders, suicide rates and domestic violence,'' Osterhaus said in response to questioning by Shepherd. ``This is a plausible rational.''
"We applaud the state of Florida today for speaking to the fact that an orphaned child, placed in a home with homosexuals, is in a high-risk environment, furthermore, adoption IS a PRIVILEGE, NOT a right, no one, be they homosexual or heterosexual, has a right to adopt another human being. Finally, the state of Florida, through its elected officials, have already spoken to this issue, therefore, it should be the people, through the legislature who should make any changes to existing law, not unelected and unaccountable judges", stated Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director, Christian Family Coalition.
What they don't mention, however, is that out of the three "experts" called up by the state to speak against gays and lesbians adopting, two said there is no empirical evidence that it is harmful and that it should actually be decided on a case by case basis depending on what is in the best interest of the child, and the the third said he didn't have scientific reasoning to back up his claims, he just felt "homosexuality was morally and religiously wrong" (that's some scientific expert).
The facts are simple. Study after study have shown that LGBT parents raise healthy children. They provide loving, stable homes, which the children in Florida's foster care greatly need.
One has to wonder: if these groups that protested so much, based solely on personal bias, spent even half the amount of money helping children that they spent trying to take away the rights of others, what good could be done?
It's something we'll never know. Instead, we can only know the enemy.