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"Does God Love Michael's Two Daddies?" by Sheila K. Butt, contrasts twins Seth and Sarah, secure and content in their normal, hetero, white Christian family, with Michael, the son of an unstable, interracial, gay couple. Seth and Sarah mindlessly wend their way through the story, trained as they are to view difference as confusing and wrong, and their own lives as a standard of normalcy. The title, "Does God Love Michael's Two Daddies?," is the linguistic hook on which the author hangs her religious condemnation of homosexuality, but it also illustrates that these two godly children really are not certain that their God does love someone different from them. Did Seth's and Sarah's Christian parents fail to teach them that God loves everybody, or have Seth and Sarah learned from their parents' behavior that God finds some more lovable than others?
How does the author reconcile the condemnation of homosexuality with the concept of a loving God? She makes three valiant, if vain, attempts. First, she depicts a heterosexual home as happy, secure, and God-approved, as opposed to the instability of a gay home. Second, she attempts to show that the issue of gay marriage negatively affects the children of both homosexual and heterosexual families. Christian children are affected negatively because gay marriage confuses them, in other words, it makes them question their parents' values. Third, she skirts the issue of what Christians actually believe will happen to Michael's parents when they don't end up in Heaven.
Poor little Michael, the unwitting friend of Christian clones Seth and Sarah. Michael is depicted three times by the illustrator, in all instances alienated from his Christ-loving friends, a fearful grimace of uncertainty plastered on his face.Read more ›
It's almost impossible to overemphasize how horrid this story is. Whatever you do, do not buy this book.
Seth and Sarah, white boy/girl twins, encounter a boy named Michael in their class who explains to them that he doesn't have a mommy and a daddy, but rather he has two daddies. He tells Seth and Sarah that his daddies have talked about getting married and they have asked Michael if he would like that, to which he had replied, with a worried look on his face "I don't know if I would or not". (an absolutely stupid premise; of course a child would want to see his parents married; how dreadful that a children's book would be used to frame a child's family as bad)
At dinner that night, Seth and Sarah report that they met a boy named Michael in class who has two daddies who want to get married. The twins' father explains to them that God made Adam and Eve to be the first husband and wife (illustrated by a sacharine picture of rabits lying next to lions, with a sultry-looking Eve with orchid corsage in her hair and arms wrapped suggestively around Adam's chest). On the next page is an illustration of an African-American man and woman being married by a minister with an all-black wedding party in attendance (apparently to illustrate that Black men and women can get married too, as long as they marry within their race and are married by a black minister.)
Then there is further explanation by Seth/Sarah's father that Michael's daddies should not get married because the bible teaches them that it is sin for two men to get married, but that "God loves them" and "sent his Son to die on the cross for them". That particular dialogue is illustrated by a picture of a crucified Jesus with one of Michael's daddies at the feet of Jesus looking up imploringly at Jesus.Read more ›
I am a straight, married woman with two daughters and a son of my own.
I grew up in a household with a mother and father who were both strong believers in the existence of God, but they did not force their beliefs on my siblings and I. I grew up believing and God, but at the same time, I am pro choice, and I believe in gay rights. Not everyone has the same beliefs, so why are certain groups in society trying to make it seem like we should all conform to their beliefs and opinions alone?
To be perfectly frank, this book sickens me, absolutely SICKENS me. My children are 14, 10, and 6, they are all aware of differences such as black and white, male and female, rich and poor, and...straight and gay. My husband and I taught our children to have faith and to believe in God, but to also accept EVERYONE for who they are. Being gay does not in any way make you a bad person. Parents should be raising their children to accept all people, and to realize that the existence of infinte beliefs and opinions is absolute. And especially now, in this day in age, we need to be teaching our children to embrace all of the differences there are in the world.
I teach art classes at our local elementary school, and when we have parent-teacher conferences every yearm I must see at LEAST four couples that are same sex, interracial, vast in age differences, etc. but I treat them all with the same amount of respect, same goes for their children. To me, the person who published this book and thought it was a good idea to try and spread closed-mindedness to CHILDREN, is nothing but white trash. I apologize if that comes out as being too rash, but it's true. This book is aimed at children anywhere from 3 and older, 3! How early are people like this trying to speak intolerance!?
Religious or not, books like this should NEVER be targeted to hypnotize our children into believing that discriminating against their fellow man is acceptable.