Everytime I Hear Someone Mention “the Rights of Parents,” I Reach for my Gun

I want you think for a moment: Have you ever heard a single instance of “the rights of parents” being invoked in situation where it wasn’t being used in a blatant attempt to justify child abuse? Because every time these words come up, they invariably seem to issue from the mouth of some fundamentalist dirt bag arguing for his inherent right to beat his children with a belt or deliberately prevent them from learning basic facts about the world.

The latest instance comes from a lamentable legal decision recently handed down in California, questioning the constitutionality of that state’s recent decision to ban Gay Conversion therapy.

The plaintiffs in the case include a licensed marriage therapist and ordained minister, a psychiatrist and a former conversion therapy patient who is studying to practice the therapy on others.

“This victory sends a clear signal to all those who feel they can stifle religious freedom, free speech, and the rights of parents without being contested,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute .

The ban on conversion therapy was one of the signature laws passed in the last legislative session. Its approval followed a fierce lobbying campaign by gay-rights groups. The law had been set to take effect in January.

(Emphasis mine).

Needless to say these fools don’t even consider the rights of their children; the same children, of course, who stand to be involuntarily compelled to participate in brutal, humiliating courses of quack psychotherapy, indoctrination and self-hatred. These people claim to believe in religious freedom, but where is the religious freedom for the very people who are forced to partake in these barbaric rites?

The fact of the matter is that your children are simply never going to turn out the way exactly as you expected. If you find yourself incapable of dealing with that simple truth, then you have no business being a parent.

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6 Responses to Everytime I Hear Someone Mention “the Rights of Parents,” I Reach for my Gun

  1. It must be really really horrible to be a child of people who are so incapable of loving you. They don’t even feel bad about declaring their wish to torture their own children.

    Monsters.

    • n8chz says:

      One thing about being the child of the usual variety of parents’ rights advocate that I think would be even harder to endure than being unloved would be being a sort of human battering ram in the marketplace of ideas. Bringing very young children to political demonstrations is something I find a more than a little off-color, including when people I agree with are doing the bringing, no, more so in that case, for the usual public relations reasons.

  2. Lindsay says:

    Have you ever heard a single instance of “the rights of parents” being invoked in a situation where it wasn’t being used in a blatant attempt to justify child abuse?

    No.

    I’ve just been reading about my country’s failure to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons, and sure enough “parents’ rights” found its way into the rationale for not signing it.

    It made me too upset to write about it, even in comments on other people’s blogs.

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