’God Made Dad & Mom’ -- But Not Dad & Dad?
A new children’s book purports to "educate" the "next generation" about "God’s plan" for families -- a plan that, according to author Amber Dee Parker, calls for heterosexual-only family units, reports The Advocate.com in a May 24 article.
The book, titled "God Made Dad & Mom," was published on March 27 by Bridge Logos, a company that specializes in Biblically themed literature. The story centers around a young child named Michael. The publisher’s description, recounts Wonkette in a May 24 article, tells potential buyers, "This picture book for young children presents the traditional, Judeo-Christian view of the family in picture-book format.
"In school, young Michael learns that God made men to be fathers and women to be mothers," the publisher’s description adds. "After school, his father takes him to the zoo, where he learns that animal families consist of a male, a female, and their offspring."
At this point, questions arise for Michael about a classmate named Jimmy who has two fathers.
When Michael discusses Jimmy’s family with his father, the two decide that that he should pray for the boy and his two fathers, evidently because they believe God disapproves of their family. Text in the book reads, "Michael prays, ’Dear Jesus, please show Jimmy and is dads the truth about how you made them and how much you love them.’ "
Michael’s discussion with his father also leads to the revelation that Michael is adopted.
The story shows "that not only does God have a plan for his friend’s life, but God has a plan for Michael’s life," Parker says in an advertisement available for viewing at YouTube.
The Advocate article characterized the story as "encourage[ing] kids to pray for the destruction of families with same-sex parents."
Global gay news site GayStarNews covered the story, saying that "Right-wing Christians in the US are pushing a new book attacking gay families," and noting that Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, has endorsed the book. Wildmon, the article noted, has gained notoriety for his anti-gay comments and opposition to gay and lesbian family equality.
The book’s cover suggests a tone of acceptance for racial diversity, depicting a mixed-race heterosexual couple and their son.
The Advocate article includes a YouTube link in which Parker promotes her own book, calling it "great" and saying it can be "used as a tool." Parker also notes that the art, by illustrator Hannah Sequra, features "full color illustrations."
"I encourage you to go to bridgelogos.com and pick up a copy of ’God Made Dad and Mom,’ " the author adds.
The book evidently neglects several essential observations about animal "families," including the fact that in many species the female raises the young alone. Mating couples in some species, such as penguins, go to extraordinary lengths to procreate and then care for their offspring as a couple, but this does not necessarily reflect a lifelong bond; in the case of some penguin species, once the new brood has been hatched and cared for until they are old enough to fend for themselves the male and female search out new mates the following season.
Moreover, same-sex penguin couples have been noted in several zoos worldwide and even given eggs to hatch. One such story forms the basis for another children’s book, "And Tango Makes Three," about a real-life pairing of two male penguins in a zoo and the way they nurtured a penguin chick. That book has the distinction of being the top-targeted book several years running by Christian conservatives and anti-gay activists seeking to remove it from libraries around the country.
Homosexuality has been noted in over 7,000 animal species.
Responses to "God Made Mom & Dad" have been mixed and, in some cases, passionate.
"Please go to youtube, click on the video and then click on the ’report’ flag (use the ’promotes hate/abuse’ button)" one Facebook user encouraged his friends. "Keep this miserable fuck from using youtube as free promotion for this crap."
At Amazon, the listing for the book garnered 51 reviews as of mid-morning on 5/24. Of those, all but one were critical in tone.