I am overwhelmed by the support it has received. I hope it continues to build and people tell the Million (or 40,000) Moms that we have a no-bullying policy. Because that's what they are, bullies.
My reasons for doing this might surprise. It's not because I am passionate about gay rights. I support gay rights because why wouldn't I? I have enough gay friends and family to know it's not a choice. I have yet to be shocked when I find out that someone I went to school or college with is gay. Normally my response is "And?????" Gay rights are simply ingrained in me. I see it as a human rights issue. I find anti-gay people fascinating. And I'm not talking gay marriage-- the people I find fascinating are the people that have this deep hatred of anyone gay-- as if it's a disease that will spread. That it is evil and corrupt. That God hates gay people. It's laughable to me. I just assumed that when God says he loves everyone, it means, well, EVERYONE.
So yes, I support gay rights, but what REALLY pissed me off about the Million Moms was that they offended me. From their website:
JC Penney Offends Traditional Families AgainRecently JC Penney announced that comedian Ellen Degeneres will be the company's new spokesperson. Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. More sales will be lost than gained unless they replace their spokesperson quickly. Unless JC Penney decides to be neutral in the culture war then their brand transformation will be unsuccessful.
First, what the heck is an "open homosexual?" Are the commercials soft lesbian porn? Is Ellen going to be making out with Portia in the furniture section? I'm thinking no...
Okay, so here's my REAL gripe. I have a "traditional family." I shop at JC Penney's. I could give a crap if Ellen Degeneres is gay.
As a traditional family, I feel they have degraded MY values and beliefs. My family believes in treating ALL people with dignity and respect.
These Million Morons give families a bad name. They are an embarrassment.
Marriage rates are dropping. Our traditional families appear to be a thing of the past. I think it explains a lot about what's wrong in society. Families don't eat dinner around the table any more. They don't play board games. Everyone is rushing. Everyone is focused on themselves. When things get rough, people divorce without trying to work it out. Kids don't respect their parents.
It's a mess. Hence my last blog.
Now my main difference between the MM's is that I don't care what your family looks like- 2 dads, 2 moms, 1 of each. But kids need a family. They need structure. Being in a long term relationship is priceless.
I am privileged to work with many couples who have been married for seemingly forever. Is it always easy for them? No. But they are a team. Someone always has their back. It's not sunshine, rainbows and unicorns every day, but there is that connection that comes with knowing someone for 40 years. Basically, it's worth it.
I don't think everyone should get married, have 2 kids and live in the burbs-- not in the least.
But sadly, many people are scared to get married because they think it's the end of something- not the beginning of a pretty cool adventure. And I blame the MMs. They take something fabulous like love and support and make it this unbearable unit of hatred, misery and life indenture.
Because if you read their website, that's what they're about- hatred.
They HATE everything.
They protest EVERYTHING.
I saw nothing on their website that was remotely positive.
They, quite frankly, give families a bad name.
And that, my friends, pisses me off.
I wish everyone had a spouse like my husband. Most of the time. I wish everyone had kids that they loved to hang out with as much as we like our kids. I have so many friends who are happily married. Seriously. Marriage and kids aren't diseases. They are actually quite lovely. It means giving up some of the things you did as a single person (like having sex with other people and staying out all night), but in exchange you get hugs, kisses and this connection that can't be described.
But the MMs think it's some arduous task that require constant monitoring from outside evils. It's like their own bunker of anger.
Keep in mind these MMs are the same geniuses that banned Schweddy Balls ice cream. Clearly eating the wrong ice cream will slowly destroy American family life. Talk about being too tightly wound.
So yes, I support gay rights. But honestly, I support REAL American family value- the right to respects others and embrace what makes us different.
Tell these bullies to shut up.
This Saturday, join my friends and I as we shop at JC Penney. Even if you just need some socks.
You MMs think you are going to hurt JC Penney? Think again. They will be thanking you for giving them a free advertising campaign.
Next time, I hope they read the bible, rather than just thumping it.