Hand Over The Baby

Richard Land is a form of repugnant humanity that makes even Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter seem compassionate. Only a true believer — in the form of a white, overprivileged, outrageously self-righteous, conservative Southern Baptist conservative Christian male — could be so insulated and heartless. His chosen target is an often vilified and incredibly diverse minority: single mothers.


According to Stephen D. Foster, Jr. at Addicting Info:

In a November 23rd article published on The Christian Post, Land urges single mothers across the nation to stop being selfish and hand their kids over to good Christian parents so they can be raised properly, the way he thinks God intended.“Keeping the baby is almost never preferable to allowing a baby to be adopted into a solid, faithful Christian home,” Land claims. “A single mother who keeps her baby is quite often denying that baby the father that God wants for that baby, and every baby, to have. Furthermore, in most circumstances, keeping the baby circumscribes and forecloses both the mother’s and the baby’s economic futures in tragic and unfortunate ways. If the mother is doing what is best for her baby (one of the defining marks of maternal love), she will part with her baby so that it will have the future God intended for him or her to have… Adoption allows the mother to give her child both a mother and a father who will love and cherish the child.”

I don’t think that every creature of Land’s ilk is intentionally trotted out as a polarizing tool, but I am just cynical enough to believe that, throughout the country, there are many Christians who are in wholehearted agreement with Land. Childless couples, bitter and envious at the thought of a worthless stranger getting knocked up when it is they who truly deserve such a gift from God.

Why is it that no one EVER asks where the guys got off to? Single mothers aren’t all single by choice. “Fathers” bail all the time, but it’s the women who take the brunt of Christian and conservative abuse. It is too much to hope that those people could, for one moment, contemplate what it might be like to be a young woman who, rather than aborting an unwanted pregnancy (because that’s inhuman), chooses to raise her child, with or without the help of the father (or the government). That would require empathy, compassion, and a choice not to judge women they don’t even know – qualities that conservative Christians were, apparently, born without.

So at the very least, rather than encouraging mothers to give up their babies, why doesn’t Richard Land encourage deadbeat dads to man up.

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