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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father…

posted by on January 22 at 9:26 AM

A grieving mother told a murder trial yesterday of the hours before her former husband hurled their six-year-old son from a hotel balcony before leaping from it with his daughter in his arms.

John Hogan, 33, is on trial in Crete for the death of his son Liam, who sustained head injuries. His daughter Mia, then two, survived with a broken arm after her father’s body cushioned her fall.

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Crete, eh? Guess that would make him a Cretin.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 22, 2008 9:33 AM

Dude... you can't make this shit up.

People get crazier everyday...

Posted by Courtney | January 22, 2008 9:34 AM

Feel the love.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 9:39 AM

Maybe every child should also deserve a parachute.

Posted by flisch | January 22, 2008 10:12 AM

Best idea for a column ever. Keep it going.

Posted by doctiloquus | January 22, 2008 10:16 AM

Why don't you link to stories like these?

Oh yeah, because it would undermine your stupid pet issue.

Posted by w7ngman | January 22, 2008 10:18 AM

"John Hogan, 33, is on trial in Crete for the death of his son Liam, who sustained head injuries."

This sentence couldn't be more obtuse if it tried. The dead son 'sustained' head injuries? Or the dad sustained head injuries? Or the son had previously sustained head injuries prior to his death? I can't figure out what happened here.

Posted by Christin | January 22, 2008 10:18 AM

You would have a point, w7ngman, if I hadn't have linked to that story back in September of 2007:

But thanks for playing Slog, w7ngman, and we have some lovely parting gifts for you.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 22, 2008 10:24 AM


Dan widda' buuuurnn!

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 10:31 AM

Right on @6

I think we should start our own "Every child deserves not to be used as a political pawn to further the Gay Agenda" postings whenever Dan continues to insist on spewing this bullshit.

Get over yourself Dan. You aren't doing your community any favors.

Posted by Reality Check | January 22, 2008 10:43 AM

I'm sure you object just as vehemently every time the religious right--and the Washington State Supreme Court--uses children as rhetorical pawns when advancing the Straight Supremacist Agenda, Reality Check. So please share the links that will direct us to your passionate comments on, say, the Concerned Women for America's website, or the American Family Association's message boards, etc., and feel free to send me a PDF of the letter you sent to the Washington State Supreme Court after they issued their every-child-deserves-a-mother-and-father ruling against gay marriage. I'd also like to read the letter you wrote to Mitt Romney after he scrounged up a few votes by stating that children are better off with dead parents than gay parents.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 22, 2008 10:59 AM

I was asking why you didn't link to more stories *like* that one.

Posted by w7ngman | January 22, 2008 11:10 AM

Because there's a *shortage* of stories *like* that one, w7ngman.

But I do link to stories about bad, bad homos, wzngman, when I spot 'em in the news. There simply aren't as many stories about gay people murdering their children out there because, as I point out in that post I linked to above, gay people are less likely to have kids. And when we do have kids, we're less likely to have unwanted kids or unplanned kids, which makes a huge difference. But I do link to gays behaving badly. Like this item from October:

Posted by Dan Savage | January 22, 2008 11:17 AM
Posted by Dan Savage | January 22, 2008 11:18 AM

Ok, point taken, but the "shortage" of stories is, I'm sure, just a consequence of there being a "shortage" of gay parents. Instead of 35 heteros being bad stories, what would actually be compelling is some per capita abuse rates among hetero vs. homo parents.

I guess what I'm getting at is:

a) you're preaching to the choir


b) there are probably more effective ways of going about this. If Mitt Romney says that gays are not fit to be parents, then no amount of "but heteros are bad, too" is going to logically challenge that assertion. The only way to do so directly is to point out stories of gays who *are* fit to be parents. If you had posted 35 of those instead of 35 of these, I think you would have made a bigger impact on this issue.

Of course, Mitt *is* just pandering, and I have a feeling his base doesn't read the Slog.

Posted by w7ngman | January 22, 2008 11:53 AM

#6: that shit is from 2005, but Dan's Daddy Defenestrator story is hot off the presses.

Posted by Erin | January 22, 2008 1:22 PM

Maybe you should start a new batch of posts for Every child deserves decent childcare.... you know, like the poor 2 1/2 year old boy in Hawaii that was just thrown off the highway by his babysitter. Gay people need babysitters, too. Maybe you should crack down on those crazies

Posted by fs | January 22, 2008 2:18 PM

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