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A Christian gran’s crazy ideas for anti-gay books for kids

A Christian gran’s crazy ideas for anti-gay books for kids

Laurie Higgins is a Christian grandmother with a limited professional background. She has worked as ‘cultural analyst’ for The Illinois ‘Family’ Institute for six years, and before that was employed in the ‘writing center’ for a high school. The Institute is one of 23 hate groups in Illinois tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Consider Ms Higgins dubious honors: She is number 764 in the Encyclopedia of American Loons. There, she is described as ‘an unrepentant, hate-filled bigot’. Q Salt Lake anointed her as ‘Creep of the Week’ for the week of 4 December 2013. The website Reasonable Conversation nominates her for ‘Human Excommunication’. The blogsite Skepacabra defined her in a three-part article as a ‘Crazy Bitch’.

In 2010 she stated McDonalds is ‘hell bent on using its resources to promote subversive moral, social, and political views about homosexuality to our children’. It ‘hoists high the rainbow colors of the homosexual movement that points to the substitution of the worship of man for the worship of God and leads to depravity and destruction.’ McDonalds had run an ad in France depicting a young gay man.

This week she publicly explored a new role as a theoretical teen book author. JK Rowling has nothing to worry about.

Higgins listed a series of plotlines she proposes Illinois librarians consider having on their book shelves. Here’s her list in her own words:

  • Young adult novels about teens who feel sadness and resentment about being intentionally deprived of a mother or father and who seek to find their missing biological parents?
  • Dark, angsty novels about teens who are damaged by the promiscuity of their ‘gay’ ‘fathers’ who hold sexual monogamy in disdain?
  • Novels about young adults who are consumed by a sense of loss and bitterness that their politically correct and foolish parents allowed them during the entirety of their childhood to cross-dress, change their names, and take medication to prevent puberty, thus deforming their bodies?
  • Novels about teens who suffer because of the harrowing fights and serial ‘marriages’ of their lesbian mothers?
  • Books that show the joy a little birdie experiences when, after the West Nile virus [kills] her two daddies, she’s finally adopted by a daddy and mommy?

‘Surely, there are some teens and children who will identify with such stories,’ she argues.

I’ve checked and none of these books actually exist, except in Higgins’ frantic mind. Based on the reactions of all I’ve asked, the general hope is that they stay there.

Ditto to her suggestion that ‘librarians display photos of empty shelves where books that challenge Leftist assumptions about the nature and morality of homosexuality should be’.

As a gay dad, and a parent at the helm of one of the families Ms Higgins targets, I feel compelled to respond.

Dear Ms Higgins,

Thank you for concern over the possible reading material available for the kids in families like mine. Reading is an absolutely vital part of a child’s education. Getting my sons to do it, and finding the books in which they have interest, can be a challenge.

I would say ‘thank you’ for trying to help, but your intent was not to help. It was to apply your very warped and misguided perception of what LGBTI families must be like, but universally, in reality, are not.

I am pleased to tell you that, in fact, none of the hundred-some kids I know from LGBTI families would relate. I specifically tested them on my own sons (in terms they could understand.) My 11-year-old commented, ‘those sound like the dumbest books ever,’ while my 12-year-old looked me in the eye and asked simply: ‘What is wrong with her?’

Here are the books they came up with about families like ours:

  • A dad and a papa and their two sons find a trunk with some wizard robes, and when they put them on they are transported to a land where they fight a dragon and find a lost treasure.
  • A girl and her mom are trapped at the bottom of the ocean to deal with enormous sea creatures, while the girl’s other mother is the head scientist in the ship above trying to help them.
  • Two brothers are stolen by pirates and hit the seven seas while their fathers search after them with the old pirate map left behind in their bedroom.

My sons’ books sound a lot more fun than yours.

More importantly, they reflect the real dynamics of LGBTI families where parents and kids are focused on the happenings in our current lives, not focused on the procreation process that brought the kids into being.

I suspect heterosexual families are essentially the same. Their dinner discussions do not start with dad sharing, yet again, how he impregnated mom.

We are not ashamed of having adopted our kids. They are not ashamed or regretful for being adopted. You need to stop attempting to shame families like mine for the beautiful bonds we have created from situations that were otherwise dire.

The book plots my sons imagined recognize that each person is uniquely individual. Your point of view boils each person down to being solely identified by genitalia.

None of the characteristics you list in your plots from promiscuous gay dads, serial-marrying lesbian moms and dying parents, are accurate descriptions of the real parents I know in LGBTI families.

You hypothesize that for kids in LGBTI families, there exists a mother/father family alternative that have either been robbed of these kids, or are available should they be called upon. Again, in 100% of the families I know, this is not the case.

If you do not believe me about the reality of these fantasy parents of whom you think kids of LGBTI families have been deprived, you only have to look as far as the case of the two incredible Iowa moms who lost their baby boy back to the birth mother when she changed her mind. The baby ended up dying a month later at the hands of the teen birth father.

Also far fetched is your evil implication that my sons would be somehow relieved to be assigned to a mom/dad family after the death of my partner and me. Should my death occur, my children would be devastated and would not feel solace from being assigned to any new parents same sex, or opposite sex. Your suggestion otherwise is sociopathic.

You are a grandmother with a number of grand children, and I assume the number of that clan will grow exponentially over time. The odds of at least one of those kids being gay are high. That may lead to a plot line, more likely to be true to life than any you have suggested, that goes something like this:

The grandson of a highly visible homophobic ‘cultural analyst’ discovers he is gay. He tries desperately to hide his sexuality from his angry grandmother, which leads him to a crisis of faith, depression, drug experimentation and suicidal thoughts. Finally, he can hide it no more and has to tell her…

How that storyline will end will be up to you. Will you hold to your irrational hatred and dogmatic theories? Will you look to see that your beloved grandson is the same as he has always been, and continues to be worthy of your love? Will you reject him or celebrate him?

In your story, you will get to pick the part you ultimately play. You will be the one who decides if you are the prodigal hero, or the unrepentant villain. Choose wisely, a villain’s life rarely ends well.

For LGBT families, you are currently playing the proverbial bad guy. Like in any good story, though, you can change.

Nothing concludes a tale better than a former evil-doer’s redemption. Do it. Re-write the book. Give us a happy ending.