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.
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This is shameless, using figures who are iconic to children to promote sexual deviancy. And worse, it is dangerous and irresponsible.
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 family.
(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 ... were substantiated.")
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.
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