Sure, he’s had his bright spots. We all smirked when he retreated to his “undisclosed location.” We all laughed when he finally represented the true feelings of Americans by shooting a lawyer. And we all smiled when he announced his intention to never run for president.
But this morning I was actually proud of him. When it was announced that his lesbian daughter Mary was pregnant, parents Dick and Lynn Cheney went on record saying that they were “looking forward with eager anticipation to the arrival of their sixth grandchild.”
I know I am about to shamelessly repeat myself here, but I don’t care. Every pregnancy is worth getting excited about. A new life has been created with endless opportunities and possibilities. The little person growing in Mary’s uterus is an infinitely valuable, hopelessly beautiful human being. Right now. And Mom and Pop Cheney are right to be excited.
But then comes the fallout. That is, the reaction from the Conservative Right. I will let Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America speak for them when she says, “It’s very disappointing that a celebrity couple like this would deliberately bring into the world a child that will never have a father.” She also described the pregnancy as “unconscionable.”
How can we say that every fetus is a treasure, and call any pregnancy unconscionable?
If Mary Cheney did indeed take deliberate steps to become pregnant (which is likely,) can we say that we are disappointed with her choice? I suppose. But can you imagine what the reaction from the Conservative Right would have been if the Vice President had a single, heterosexual daughter who got pregnant? That’s right… silence. OK, maybe a few tiny potshots, but that’s it. Millions of children are growing up in fatherless households, so why single out this one? Why can’t they just come out and say what they mean? “We Conservatives are concerned that this new child will be trained up in the ways of homosexuality.”
The fact is that the Christian Right is suffering from a combination of two diseases. 1) Celebrityphilia (although they’re not alone), and 2) Homophobia. By Homophobia, I am referring to an excessive emphasis on the evils of homosexuality. Do I believe that homosexuality is contrary to the design and desire of the Creator? Yes, I do. But do I think it is the kingpin of abominations, worthy of all our spiteful energy? Not even close.
Mary Cheney is a lesbian. And she wanted to be a mommy, too. Does anyone here honestly mean to ask gays and lesbians to stop wanting children?
Dick Cheney is a father. And he has a 35 year-old daughter who took a different path. Is the Christian Right actually deluded enough to believe that he should still be trying to run his daughter’s life?
So who are they really angry at? Or are they just plain angry?
If we as Christians really believe that love is the answer, then maybe we should get started.