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Prospective parents Tweet that they would murder non-existing children if they turned out gay

Prospective parents Tweet that they would murder non-existing children if they turned out gay

On March 12, 2012, the hashtag #ToMyUnbornChild became a trending topic on Twitter. People used this hashtag to "tweet to" their future child. Within 24 hours, at least 100 people tweeted that they would kill a child, who does not exist, if it was gay.

I cannot fathom such an idea, especially when I imagine how the child I spontaneously aborted (miscarried) might have been, if I carried her to term.

Let us imagine that she was born a healthy baby and given that I say she, I often imagine she might have been female.  Not once does my love for this imaginary child turn to thoughts of killing her, if she grew up to be gay.  Not once do I harbour hatred towards her for anything, not to mention, thoughts of her potential sexuality do not come to my mind.  Her sexuality is not my first or last concern.  I could care less what her sexual orientation is, as long as she is happy and healthy.

I cannot imagine harbouring such thoughts to an imaginary child, whether that child was miscarried, terminated, or possibly born at some future time.  If a parent truly loves their child, such thoughts should not come to mind.

A Christian song says, “They will know we are Christians by our love”. If a Christian, assuming they are all Christians, saying to a non-existent child, “I’ll kill you, if you are gay” is Christian love, then I truly would hate to see what Christian hatred is. Such displays of verbal abuse, which suggest potential physical violence, even towards a fictitious child is not love. If such a child existed and truly loved that parent back, I would say that child suffers from Stockholm syndrome. I am not even sure how a society can allow such people, who say such things, to raise children. Such statements are horrifying to me as a parent of two grown sons.

"#ToMyUnbornChild if your gay i will beat you to death with a bible" [The username of this homophobe has been removed upon request]

#ToMyUnbornChild If you're gay, I'll kill you.

#ToMyUnbornChild if you turn like this ~~~~ (gay) imma hang yo ass wit a coat rack lol

That is not funny.

That said, my sons are apparently heterosexual, but even if they were not, I would not care. Again, their sexuality does not concern me. What does concern me, as a loving parent of two grown sons, is their happiness, safety, health, and well-being. I could not fathom such hatred towards my offspring and call it love. To me, such threats are not love, but pure hatred and abuse towards someone a person supposedly loves.

If one cannot love the imagined, how can they possibly love themselves or their existing offspring? It makes no sense to say such hateful and abusive things, and then turn around and say, “But I love you.” Is this not what their deity does though?

#ToMyUnbornChild – Kick twice if you're a gay fetus. Newt said it was okay to abort you then. Thanks!

What the hell?!  The fetus understands English as much as a cat understands English, if even that much.  It will kick as many times as it feels like kicking, not because you tell it to kick X amount of time or not.  Seems to me, these people would do better if they get an abortion.  It would spare the “unborn baby” a life of abuse and misery.

What if the tables were turned and people tweeted that they would kill their child if they became Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or any other religion? Would they not feel angry or even desire to cry due to the hatred?

That is not even Pro-life and Christians jump me for being Pro-choice, calling it anti-life or whatever comes to their primitive minds. Seems to me, the religious, who made these statements, are not at all “pro-life”, but rather anti-life and anti-human, as well as hateful and abusive, even towards someone who does not exist and has not even lived life, at least not yet.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • Sheldon

    So, if you could determine the sexual orientation of the foetus, and discovered the foetus was gay, these people would then have no problem with abortion. Since we don't have the technology to determine pre-birth sexual orientation then, they're okay with infanticide… baby-killing. These people are truly sick.

    • I agree and as I insinuated towards the end of my rant, they don't deserve to be parents.  IMHO, such "infanticide" is right up there with killing a child who is bi-racial.  There is no reason to abort a child due to potential sexual orientation, gender, or skin colour.  Besides, fetus or a young child, and for many years there after, has no clue what they are or even who they are.  There's no reason to be hateful or abusive even before they are born and as you said, these people are SICK!

  • Gemhunter1913

    Why is everyone so surprised at this?  I still don't understand how anyone believes that Christianity is a religion of love or peace.  It's NOT.  Christians want their beliefs to be laws…no different than Muslims wanting their beliefs to be laws.  Muslims have the so called "honor" killings whereby they can kill their relatives if they perceive them to do something against Islam.  What NEVER makes the news are the SAME sort of killings by CHRISTIANS who do, in FACT, kill their children if they turn out to be gay.  Thousands of children have also been tormented, neglected, tortured, beaten, starved, etc. by these Christian terrorist when the child is perceived to be GLBT or even do something such as try a cigarette, try a drink, listen to the wrong music…etc.  THERE IS A MEDIA blackout on reporting all these CHRISTIAN crimes because our country would like to pretend that Christianity isn't as evil and dangerous as Islam.  THESE TWITTER THOUGHTS are NOT NEW.  Thousands of people who FEEL THE SAME WAY have already had kids, and MURDERED THEM when they believed they were GLBT.  Wake up people.

    • I agree with you.  It doesn't surprise me that this is happening, but what does surprise me is that these people are allowed to be parents.  In fact, modern forms of child sacrifice happen today, even among the Religious Reich.  I feel sorry for any child born to such parents, because all they will grow up with is abuse and think such abuse is right and appropriate, when it is not.  As you pointed out, these things are not unique to Islam, but Xian extremists practice various form of these things also to this day too.

  • joe paterno

    This site certainly does love the hypothetical.

    • Deborah_B

       As well as the news, which accounts for about 70% of the site, and discussions about theology and book reviews, which accounts for about 29% of the site.

      • joe paterno

        You are right, Deborah.

  • joe paterno

    There may be something I am missing here.  Who are these people who are tweeting these messages?  The remarks are sick and are made by sick individuals.   

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