I got the following from a GLAAD media alert. I can't believe that in midst of all this TIME Magazine, of all magazines, would look to having this man write about Cheney being a Grandfather. Perhaps someone on the other side of the debate discussing how a parent could stand-up as a leader in this nation and not move towards helping make the world a better a place for his daughter - maybe - but this FOOL!!!!!
So I urge my friends and loved ones to read this and decide for themselves if TIME made the right move. Voice your concerns if you have them. Let yourself be heard. Sometimes the only way to silence the 'village idiot' is to quietly but firmly speak your mind too.
This GLAAD Alert can also be accessed online at:
Dec. 13, 2006
ASK 'TIME' TO CORRECT DOBSON'S MISLEADING CLAIMS ABOUT GAY & LESBIAN FAMILIES
Following widespread media coverage of the announcement that Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is pregnant, Time magazine made the unusual mis-step of inviting anti-gay fundamentalist James Dobson (Focus on the Family) to contribute a column that, unsurprisingly, contained significant misrepresentations.
Dobson's column - "Two Mommies Is One Too Many" - can be read at Time.com (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/printout/0,8816,1568485,00.html). In it, Dobson denigrates the families of gay and lesbian Americans while distorting and misrepresenting the social science on gay and lesbian parenting:
"With all due respect to Cheney and her partner, Heather Poe, the majority of more than 30 years of social-science evidence indicates that children do best on every measure of well-being when raised by their married mother and father."
Dobson and other anti-gay activists who attack gay and lesbian families frequently employ this soundbite in an attempt to mislead audiences. When he cites "30 years of social-science evidence," Dobson is not referring to credible, peer-reviewed studies comparing developmental outcomes of children being raised by gay and lesbian couples with those being raised by opposite-sex married couples. Dobson's claim about "30 years of social-science evidence" is simply not related to discussions about children being raised by two loving gay or lesbian parents.
Dobson's misleading distortion of social science is easily debunked with one look at the "Research Summary on Lesbian and Gay Parenting" (http://www.apa.org/pi/parent.html) by the American Psychological Association and the "Technical Report on Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents" (http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;109/2/341) by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which, after reviewing the social science data, concludes that children with gay parents can have the same advantages and outcomes in terms of health, adjustment and development as those with heterosexual parents.
Dobson's willful misrepresentation of social science research is both disturbing and predictable. And Time magazine's decision to extend Dobson a platform without holding him to basic standards of accuracy is deeply troubling and must be addressed. Over the past three days, GLAAD has been discussing this issue with Time's editors -- and we need you to share your concerns as well.
Please review Dobson's op-ed and write to Time magazine today. Express your concern about Time's decision to grant Dobson a platform to spread misinformation about gay and lesbian families. And ask that Time correct the record by publishing a counterpoint column or article of similar length in the magazine's print edition.
Visit http://www.glaad.org to Take Action today!
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
American Psychological Association
Research Summary on Lesbian and Gay Parenting
American Academy of Pediatrics
Technical Report on Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents
FROM THE GLAAD ALERT ARCHIVES:
Sept. 9, 2003 - "Tell CNN, Larry King Live to Stop Promoting James Dobson's Anti-Gay Attacks"