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Pro-family? “I do not think it means what you think it means.”

April 8, 2012

Every time I hear a conservative use the word “pro-family” I can’t help but think of the following:

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. “
The Princess Bride – William Goldman

This morning an article in The Age caught my eye. Especially the following section:

“… it was the reaction of his counsellor at Mosaic Ministries, Carol Hardy, he was most anxious about.

Her attempts to attribute his homosexuality to his father – whom Lograsso describes as affectionate and loving – had upset and disturbed him. ”Carol kept examining my childhood and asking if I’d been abused,” he says. ”There are all these things that are supposed to have made you gay; you’re supposed to have been abused or raped or have a father who doesn’t care about you. I ended up really confused and thinking, ‘Was I actually abused? Have I blocked it out?’ It plants ideas in your head.” “

Conservative religious groups proclaim to be pro-family.  Sadly it is clear from the actions described above that some are willing to break up families to suit their religious view of the world.
Families come in many shapes and sizes with gay and straight family members, gay and straight parents, gay and straight children.  Families are about love and support, not shame and blame.  To be truly pro-family is to understand this.
  1. Adam Kane permalink

    These programs don’t work. The counsellor who thinks that homosexuality is attributable to abuse is wrong.
    But your thesis that in general, people who claim to be “pro-family” are not pro-family, isn’t supported by the data in your post. Aside from anything else, many pro-family conservatives would not support either of these things (reorientation, or the abuse hypothesis). Or to put it another way, you’ve chosen one story as an excuse to smear all social conservatives. This is the kind of overblown partisan rhetoric that cheapens debate.

    Pro-family conservativism isn’t a self-refuting stance, in and of itself.

    • Sorry Adam but I think you’re the one making the mistake.
      I do not set out to smear all – just some. “Sadly it is clear from the actions described above that some…”

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