One Million Moms does it again. That hive of reaction against “trash”, “filth” and “indecency” were in the news again (yawn) over their attack on “American Girl” magazine, by Mattel of Barbie doll fame, and in particular an article they did about a young girl working with a charity for foster kids.
That girl was Amaya Scheer, and that charity was Comfort Cases, run by one of her dads, himself a former foster child. Oh wait, what? One of her dads? ONE of her dads?
Yes, Amaya was fostered by a gay couple, along with her brother, and two other kids. Amaya and her brother had already been in two foster homes in two months, and came to Rob and Reece Scheer with their belongings in bin bags, prompting Rob to start a charity that provides starter kits for foster children.
Children are provided with colourful backpacks including essentials like pyjamas and toothpaste, as well as stuffed animals and other bits and pieces. Rob says that the idea was to show foster kids that they’re part of a “community”. In just a year, they went from supplying 300 of these packs to 3000.
It’s a wonderful charity, and a great story. ‘American Girl’ ran a profile on Amaya, and showed a photo of her with her family. And that’s when it went sour.
One Million Moms (which, let’s be clear, doesn’t actually have a million members – that’s just an ambition) began online criticism of the piece, saying that the magazine should have “remained neutral in the culture war”. Just to reiterate that – Amaya and her family are soldiers in the culture war, enemy combatants that One Million Moms are so desperately trying to protect us from.
Go, One Million Moms! To the front-lines!
They continue their diatribe by saying that homosexuality is, like, wrong and stuff, and that ‘American Girl’ is “pushing the homosexual agenda to children”. There we go with that goddarned homosex-shoo-all ad-jen-der again – you know the one, where gay couples want to be like everyone else, and actually do something really great by fostering four kids who were being shunted around the system.
Thank you, One Million Moms, keep fighting the good fight, for truth, justice and – well, no. Here’s another one – “Know your place – shut your face!” Luckily, Amaya had the chance to say just that on national TV. Interviewed with her fathers on WTTG, she had this succinct response: “This is none of your business.”
Amen to that.