The conservative christian group One Million Moms recently called for a boycott of all American Girl magazines for featuring a story about two gay fathers who adopted four black children. Condemning the lifestyle of the men, One Million Moms requested that all supporters join them in speaking out against American Girl and cancelling all subscriptions. But they didn't anticipate one of the adopted daughters of the gay couple to speak out against them.
According to WRC-TV, the controversy started when American Girl wrote a cover story featuring gay dads Rob and Reece Scheer, but primarily focused on the children they adopted from foster care, especially 11-year-old Amaya Scheer.
"The only thing [American Girl] did was they showed an amazing, happy family," said Rob Scheer, who couldn't believe One Million Moms even cared about the story. "I was shocked that this wasn't a group of men... 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."
That judgment was fully outlined at the One Million Moms website, who claimed that the gay couple should not be supported for their lifestyle, and neither should American Girl magazine for attempting to force children to accept homosexuality.
"Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature. American Girl is attempting to desensitize our youth by featuring a family with two dads."One Million Moms has issued a call to action, expecting other conservative moms to tell Mattel, which owns American Girl, not to push the "homosexual agenda" on children, unless they want the group to boycott all products. This means that One Million Moms is setting their sights higher than simply the magazine, but all American Girl toys and merchandise.
Perhaps the most ironic part of the feud between One Million Moms and the Scheer family is that the gay men adhere to the same religion. According to Rob, their church openly accepts their lifestyle and made a point to prove their loyalty to the family.
"On Sunday, our congregation all stood to say that they loved us, they support us and that we are just like any other family," Rob said. "That's the only thing we ask for. We don't ask for any kind of special rights. Don't treat us any differently, just realize that we're just like everybody else."
According to Raw Story, Scheer also criticized One Million Moms for not spending their collective energy on something more worthwhile than a gay couple in a magazine. He said that if they really have "one million moms" on their side, then a few of them should adopt some of the 364,000 children in foster care like he and his husband did.
But it's not the father's response to the Christian group that has gone viral on the internet, it's what his 11-year-old daughter Amaya said on Good Day DC that has people taking notice. It's a simple response that cuts right to the chase.
"I would say this is none of your business," said Amaya.
Watch the full interview in the video below.
What do you think? Do you agree with One Million Moms that American Girl is trying to desensitize children to the homosexual lifestyle by writing about a gay couple, or do you agree with Amaya that it's not their place to criticize other families? Leave a comment below.
For more on American Girl, read about the post-war 1950s doll that the company released.
[Photos courtesy of WRC-TV and American Girl]