Monday, March 22, 2010

I’m Reminded Of Wise King Solomon

Mexican singer Paquita la del Barrio (translation: Franny from the block) aka Francisca Viveros Barradas (62) was recently quoted as saying that ‘she would rather see a child die on the streets than adopted to a gay couple’. Pretty strong words of course, but it got me to thinking about wise King Solomon and the story of the two women – both mothers – who brought one child to the king claiming the other was trying to take her baby. The story alleges that Sollie asked that the child be brought before him, unsheathed his sword and announced that he would chop the child in half and give each mother a portion of the baby in question. In that instant, the REAL mother screamed, ‘Give the child to her!’ highlighting the desire of any RESPONSIBLE PARENT (the preservation of their child’s life). A parent will always seek to have their child given the opportunity to survive and be happy – well, any good parent that is. Paquita is not the first person to feel this way – the reality is that Mexico (and a great number of folks in other countries) feel this way. Personally, I would sooner have my child raised by Chavez and Castro inside a devil worshipping monastery than to see him die in the streets, but hey, that’s just me. As gay parents I can tell you that we love our son with everything we’ve got. We support him – emotionally, spiritually and financially – and we encourage him to be a responsible, caring and happy member of society. I recognize the fear that gay parents will somehow make their children gay, but if this were the case, my God-fearing-married-for-47-years-Pentecostal-parents would have somehow turned out ALL straight children – they obviously did not. Sexuality is not taught. The only potential difference between our son and that of a boy raised by a heterosexual couple is an ingrained sense of tolerance and respect for diversity. Sadly, the REAL damage to children raised by same-sex couples is done by people like Paquita, who show these children what intolerance, prejudice, ignorance and hate sound and look like. I can’t change the world, but I can make a difference in the life of our son. He will understand that for all that we provide for him there will always be those who feel they can do it better, but the hypocrisy of it all is that they don’t offer to help the masses of dying children, they only spew hate and judgment and are ready to cry out like the other mother in the Solomon story – CUT THE CHILD IN HALF.

Keep passin’ the open windows…


Anonymous said...

She is NO. DAMN. GOOD.

It is people like her that make life so very difficult for children raised in same sex partnered households. Who is SHE anyway? I've never heard a song, her voice or her face until you posted this story...and while it is most awesome of you to mention Solomon, I must say that giving people like her any light is only giving energy to the hate.

Ignore ignorance dear.

That Dude Right There said...

And who is this woman again?