At one point in our nation’s history, the image of a mom, dad, and 2.4 kids was as American as apple pie. Times have changed though, and as American Girl tries to keep up with the evolution of the so-called nuclear family, they’re facing backlash from conservative group One Million Moms who’d like the magazine to fall in line with their more antiquated way of thinking. No worries though, Amaya Sheer’s got this.
Amaya is the daughter of Rob and Reece Sheer, two gay white men who are the adoptive parents of four black kids. Their unique story of adopting foster care children of a different race as a homosexual couple was featured in American Girl in a move which Rob said he knew would be controversial, but never did he expect the backlash that rained down upon them from a group of women.
“These were moms! These were moms that were saying that my family was wrong, that the love that my husband and I are giving our four kids and what we’re doing was wrong. I would expect moms not to say these type of things about our family,” he told WTTG.
“But at the same time, these are a ‘million moms,’ they could really be helping the 364,000 kids in foster care. This is our family and it works for us. And you know what? We have four amazing kids that we adopted out of foster care. These are four kids that have fulfilled our life more than we ever thought.
“So to the Million Moms, I say to them, ‘You know what? Go to your local foster care agency, those kids could really use your help and not worry about the Sheer family.’”
That suggestion likely fell on deaf ears considering the strongly worded reaction One Million Moms wrote in response to the American Girl spread November 5.
One Million Moms is extremely disappointed that American Girl, owned by Mattel, is promoting sin in the November/December 2015 issue of its magazine. On pages 28-31 of the magazine is an article titled “Forever Family” about adoption from foster care, which would have been wonderful if they had not decided to include a large picture of a girl with her two dads, Daddy and Dada, and three other adopted children.
1MM supports adoption and taking care of orphans as we are biblically instructed to do in Psalm 82:3, but American Girl could have focused the article on the child and not about the parents since it is a magazine for children. The magazine also could have chosen another child to write about and remained neutral in the culture war.
American Girl is attempting to desensitize our youth by featuring a family with two dads. If your child has not seen this yet, then be careful she is not exposed and can avoid a premature conversation she is far too young to understand.
This is not the first time the company has supported causes that conservatives would not agree with. Their past partnership and financial support of Planned Parenthood has had them in hot water with Christians and conservative families before this.
We must remain diligent and stand up for biblical values and truth. Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature. American Girl doesn’t highlight other sins in their magazine.
1MM encourages you to avoid shopping at American Girl until it takes a neutral stand. If you receive their magazine in the mail, 1MM recommends you unsubscribe and even cancel the shopping catalogue. Be sure to tell them why you are unsubscribing and cancelling.
That’s one approach you could take. Or you could follow 11-year-old Amaya’s advice and remember as she told WTTG, “This is none of your business.” Yeah, we like that idea.