Arkansas Gays Lose Battle to Keep Adopted Children

from my site, www.thegoodatheist.com

Many of you might be wondering why, in the past few days,. I’ve been writing as much as I have on gay rights. Although it’s true that the site is primarily about atheism, my reaction to the blatant and shocking disregard for this minority obliges me to continue to write on their behalf.

Unbeknown to most of us, the election was not only about voting in a new president. It was also an opportunity for conservative groups Arkansas to pass through legislation that makes it illegal for homosexual couples to adopt children. It also means that all adopted kids now with these couples will be removed from their current homes and placed into foster care.

The state has one of the lowest adoption rate in the country, and it’s likely that these children will not find homes, and will instead be hopelessly lost in the system for the rest of their lives.

I am still baffled at how heartless and savage the so called “moral majority” can be. It’s obvious that their hatred for homosexuals runs so deep, they are willing to break up happy families to satisfy their ignorant belief that only “mother-father” homes are healthy. It’s been proven time and time again that this has little if nothing to do with how happy and healthy a child grows up. They just don’t seem to care about the truth.

Of course, that religious people refuse to listen to reason is nothing new. What is shocking is how easily everyone seems to accept these laws when they are passed democratically. As i wrote in my article “When Democracy isn’t Democratic“, it’s time that we re-examine the constitutionality of being able to vote away the existing rights of individuals.

It looks to me as that the increased power and mobility of religious groups has begun to erode the rights of homosexuals, and I’m inclined to believe that this is only the beginning for them. The growing religiosity of Americans is a frightening new realty, and it’s consequences could be devastating. Consider how close they were to having an ignorant, under qualified Vice President (and potential president with the foreseeable death of John McCain) who’s fundamentalist ties are well documented.

If this were a war, I would say that with each battle, the left has been taking heavy casualties with no clear sign of a victory on the horizon. In a world where religious beliefs cannot be questioned, it becomes an invincible armor that cannot be pierced. In a fight, we cannot allow this blanket immunity to cloud the issue. The right has been allowed a free ticket to prosecute minorities under the banner of “faith”. I’ve had enough. Have you?

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Comment by Buffy on November 10, 2008 at 10:22pm
Honestly, it seems that for every tiny step forward we get shoved back five. I'm to the point that I'm ready for serious action. Maybe a nationwide tax revolt would get their attention. No civil rights, no taxes. Let the churches pay their taxes instead since they want to run everything and have special rights.

One brave man at the vigil I attended tonight had refused to go to the jury duty he'd been assigned to today. Whatever the consequences, he said, he'd take them. But he wasn't going to do any "duty" for a state that wouldn't give him full equal rights.
Comment by Eli on November 10, 2008 at 6:22pm
It is unfortunate that if the incoming administration were to deal with this in a federal level I suspect we'd have a Republican sweep come 2010 and a single Obama term. Tyranny of the majority anyone?

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