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Friday, July 18, 2008

Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father

posted by on July 18 at 9:10 AM

Violence broke out Sunday in Anderson when an 18-year-old man returned home from a gay pride parade and was assaulted by his father…. The teen told deputies that his father “has a problem with him being gay and that is why he hit him with the baseball bat Sunday,” Weymouth said in his report.

Via Towleroad.

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1

He's a loving and giving caregiver.

Posted by Ziggity | July 18, 2008 9:25 AM
2

Notably, the police are "investigating," but not arresting, the father.

Two forms of prejudice are at work here:

1. That violence against a gay citizen is not a real crime

2. That violence by a parent to an adult child is not a real crime.

Especially in the south.

Posted by Rolo Tomasi | July 18, 2008 9:28 AM
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In the fathers defense the boy was wearing his sleeveless Pitcher shirt to the parade so the dad just wanted to play baseball in the front yard. The mother was not there to explain that their son prefers a different sort of game where balls come flying at his face. So Dan is right in this case a child needs both a mother to explain to the father.

Posted by Reggie Sexton | July 18, 2008 9:31 AM
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"During the assault, the teen's 49-year-old father yelled, cursed, swung a baseball bat, prayed and tried to “cast the demon of homosexuality out of him,” according to the teen's version of events to Deputy S.C. Weymouth, the incident report states."

Pa-raise be to Jay-sus! Out, demons, out!

Posted by Xian | July 18, 2008 10:40 AM
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According to the son, this was the father's earnest effort to “cast the demon of homosexuality out" of his child. So his apparent rationale was that he did it precisely because he's a good parent.

Ugh, I feel nauseous.

Posted by saxfanatic | July 18, 2008 10:45 AM
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They haven't arrested the father because he can't be located.

Posted by elswinger | July 18, 2008 11:05 AM
7

He's probably too old for a Mariners tryout.

Posted by Bob | July 18, 2008 12:11 PM
8

So, Dan, are you just posting to bitch about it or are you proposing solutions? We know there's homophobia in the world. The point is, how do we end it?

Posted by Lonnie | July 18, 2008 12:45 PM
9

@8, that's obvious - baseball bats for all! And I mean everybody! Especially in church. MADN - Mutually Assured Noggin Destruction.

@2 - don't forget that folks in the South are also keen on violence against criminals, suspected criminals, and funny furrin' people in funny furrin countries that don't do what our President (God's other son) demands.

Posted by CP | July 20, 2008 7:28 PM

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