The tony, elitist New Yorker magazine, read by those
who fancy themselves our moral and intellectual superiors, is
in effect promoting child endangerment on the cover of its latest
issue, and shamelessly using Bert and Ernie to do it.
The cover features the two muppets, who
according to Sesame Street "have no sexual orientation," cuddling
romantically on a couch in a darkened room in front of a TV set
picturing the Supreme Court, which of course has just issued a
ruling overturning the federal definition of marriage as
exclusively the union of one man and one woman.
This is shameless, using figures who are iconic to children to
promote sexual deviancy. And worse, it is dangerous and
According to the most extensive research on the subject ever
done, Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas concluded that
adults who grow up in homosexual households fare worse on 77 of 80
outcomes compared to children raised in an intact biological
(For those who wish to discredit Regnerus, save your breath.
UT's research integrity officer investigated 8 charges against
Regnerus's research and found that "none of the allegations ...
According to Regnerus's findings, adults
raised by homosexual parents are much more likely to be on welfare,
to have lower educational attainment, to suffer from depression, to
be arrested, and to have numerous sexual partners.
Adult children of lesbian mothers are particularly at risk.
Compared to children raised by a mom and a dad married to each
other, they are nearly four times as likely to have been physically
forced to have sex against their will. They use marijuana more
frequently, are more likely to have "attachment" problems as
adults, and are an astonishing 10 times more likely to have been
"touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver."
Children of homosexual fathers are three times as likely to
identify as something other than entirely heterosexual, while
children of lesbian mothers are four times as likely. In other
words, same sex environments have a devastating impact on a child's
sense of his own sexual identity which will create emotional,
mental and physical problems for the remainder of their lives.
Even more shocking are the outcomes Regnerus found that relate
to sexual abuse. A staggering 23% of adult children of lesbians
reported having been sexually molested - unwanted sexual touching
or worse - than children raised by a mom and a dad. Six percent of
children raised by a homosexual father reported being the victims
of sexual abuse, which is a rate 300% higher than among the
children of married biological parents.
It is thus clear from the best in social research that being
raised in a same-sex environment poses completely unacceptable
risks to vulnerable young children.
By promoting same-sex marriage, and using Sesame Street to do
it, the New Yorker staff in effect is promoting child abuse. They
should be ashamed of themselves.
Bryan Fischer (@BryanFischer on Twitter) is director of
issues analysis for the American Family Association. He hosts
"Focal Point with Bryan Fischer" every weekday on AFR Talk from
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Central).
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