John at Americablog is outraged about what he perceives as religious discrimination by a program called Snowflakes ran by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. They try to place embryo donors with recipients. Snowflakes is depicted in an article about them in today’s NYT. I think John is overreacting a little bit here.
Yes, it is a fuckwit Christian organization run by fuckwit Christians for fuckwit Christians, but it appears to me it is the donors that are bigoted, not necessarily the organization. From the Times
Couples adopting or donating Snowflakes embryos are mostly Christian, and most embryo donors are white, Ms. Maze said. Some families are Roman Catholic, even though the church has historically opposed in vitro fertilization.
Couples must agree to adoption-like procedures: receiving families are screened and must undergo counseling, and Snowflakes allows donating and receiving families to designate criteria for each other, meet and maintain contact after birth. Adopting couples must agree not to abort any embryos.
Those conditions were fine with Bob and Angie Deacon of Virginia Beach, Va., who donated their 13 embryos after having twins and being discouraged from another pregnancy by a doctor. "With another program, to be honest with you, they could have been adopted by lesbian parents, and I'm totally against that," said Mr. Deacon, 35.
It took two and a half years to bring themselves to fill out the papers. On their forms, they said the adopting family must be conservative Christians and, ideally, include a stay-at-home mother.
I think its pretty clear here that Bob and Angie Deacon are fuckwit bigots. While its sad, the Deacons can and should be able to give or not give their personal property (and it is property, not a life) to anyone they damn well please. I don’t think from this article that Snowflakes is necessarily bigoted, they simply help bigots as a part of their greater cause. I’m sure they help other ethnicities, but the fact is, most people involved in this sort of thing are white fuckwit Christians.
BTW, pictured above are Randy and Julie McClure who also donated embryos. Wow, you gotta be a true believer to have that mixture put in your body. Talk about getting up on the wrong side of the genome.