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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Who Are These One Million Moms?

I know it's a banner day when I find myself on the same side as Bill O'Reilly.

Have you heard of One Million Moms? They hate gay people, apparently.

Now, as I sit here and have a discussion with my daughter about how her eyes are brown and mine are blue because we're different people, nowhere does my mind think, 'hey, I'm a mom, I must hate gay people.'

But what it does think is that 'we're different people' really extends to all arguments and generalizations throughout all of life. Your motto does not concern me. Your hatred has nothing to do with me. So why are you trying to include me? I am not one of the million (more like 41,000 according to Facebook.)

Contrary to popular belief, you do not become an asshole as a result of birthing another person. You've probably already got that part of your personality down before you start the whole parenting bit.

By saying this:

"Mom, are you fed up with the filth many segments of our society, especially the entertainment media, are throwing at our children? Are you tired of all the negative influences our children are forced to contend with? If so, we urge you to become a member..." 

Are you trying to appeal to my urge to protect my children? Because if I were tired of all the 'negative influences' the entertainment media is throwing at my children, I wouldn't join a group. I'd shut my television set off.

But let's get to the meat of the problem. Currently, One Million Moms is launching an attack against JC Penney and Ellen DeGeneres. They don't like that Penney's has chosen a gay talk show host to represent them.

The horror!

They say on their site that it's "Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of its customers are traditional families."

Interestingly, I haven't shopped at JC Penney's in years. But I'll sure be shopping there now. And I'll bring my traditional family with me.

"DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families who shop at the retailer. The small percentage of customers they are attempting to satisfy will not offset their loss in sales by offending the majority."

Only not at all. The only thing offensive to me at this moment is this abject and groundless attack on someone simply because her sexuality differs from yours. Right now it's looking like Ellen would make one million times a better parent than the 'one million' members of this group.

This is her reply to the campaign:

She says, "I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me those are traditional values..."

Those are values I can get behind, unlike the confused garbage coming from this group.

" is the most powerful tool you have to stand against the immorality, violence, vulgarity and profanity the entertainment media is throwing at your children."

How do any of those things have to do with being gay? Just wondering.

Oh, and O'Reilly, let's get to O'Reilly, because this is my favorite part.

Dear Christian moms, (not all Christian moms, mind you, even though the group would lead you to believe that...let's rephrase.)

Dear One Million Moms, (well, not a million...let's try again),

Dear members of this oddly named group,

Bill O'Reilly thinks that "this JC Penney thing is a witch hunt, and it shouldn't happen."

He says,

“I don’t have any problem with any of the Million Moms not shopping at J.C. Penney. You don’t want to shop there because you don’t believe the message that they’re sending by hiring Ellen is a good message, more power to you. That is your decision and your right as an American. But to come out and demand the woman be fired, that’s wrong.”

When I have to high-five Bill O'Reilly, things have really gotten out of hand.

If you have "traditional values" that somehow correlate to you not being able to shop at a store that employs a gay spokesperson, by all means, don't shop there. But she shouldn't be fired just because you're an intolerant person.

Moms, if you are looking for a group to join, if you want to be part of a Million Moms, how about this group?

One Million Moms Against Ignorance and Intolerance

Although I already see some ignorance and intolerance on the page, it's at least a better start.


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  1. One of my conservative Christian mom friends sent out an update about this herself to say that they do *not* stand for her and her values. Even conservative Christians have gay family members and friends, and I don't know any of them that are on board with this ridiculousness (and I know a lot of Christian moms!). Good for Bill O'Reilly for speaking out against this, too.

  2. Well said my friend. What is the world coming to when we need to high five Bill O'Reilly?

  3. "Even conservative Christians have gay family members and friends"

    Im one of the christian moms in existance who has gay friends, transexual friends, and bisexual friends. Just because I might not agree with someones personal choices doesnt give me the right to judge them!

    Go Ellen!

  4. It's amazing that this is even on their radar. Totally ridiculous. Personally, I'm not all that religious. That said, I have no issues with people having their own faith and belief system. IMO, that is supposed to be a very personal and private thing. The moment you start telling other people how they should be living their lives, you are intruding on personal liberty. Not to mention you're just being straight up douchey. How about homelessness? Or war veterans that still remain without adequate care? When religion skews your priorities to the point where your first order of business is Ellen and JC Penny, don't you suppose it's time to question your own life and belief system?



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